This morning, the director of the National Center for Musical Diffusion (CNDM), Francisco Lorenzo, with Javier González Pereira, director of the Current Music Cycle of Badajoz and president of the Philharmonic Society, have presented the twelfth edition of the Current Music Cycle of Badajoz. They were accompanied at the table by the Secretary General of Culture of the Junta de Extremadura, Miriam García Cabezas and the deputy for Culture of the Badajoz Provincial Council, Francisco Martos. The presentation took place at the Extremadura and Ibero-American Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC).
Twelve formations from different parts of Spain, Germany, England and Portugal will present the most innovative musical proposals at the XII Current Music Cycle of Badajoz, to be held 7 October 2020 al 13 March 2021 in Badajoz and different municipalities of the province, as well as in the neighboring Portuguese town of Elvas.
This cycle, benchmark of contemporary music in Spain and Portugal, is a co-production between the National Center for Musical Diffusion, CNDM (INAEM unit, Ministry of Culture and Sports) and the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz and is sponsored by the Junta de Extremadura and the Diputación de Badajoz.
In its twelfth edition, the cycle will offer 13 concerts Y 7 prèmieres in charge of 12 formations, in addition to several workshops and a wide didactic program aimed at children and young students of music schools and conservatories in Badajoz, Villafranca de los Barros, Merida and Castuera.
Aleph Guitarrenquartet, Cosmos Quartet, Bambú Set, Synthesis, Isimsiz Trio and Synthése Quartet will participate for the first time in the Current Music Cycle, just like the pianist Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto, which will offer a concert in co-production with the XIX Cycle of Concerts and Conferences ‘Esteban Sánchez’, organized by the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz with the sponsorship of the Diputación de Badajoz.
confluence ensemble, the wind quintet created by Spanish musicians residing in different parts of Germany, among which is the oboist from Badajo Lourdes Higes, go back to Badajoz, where he made his presentation at 2016 at the XXXIII Iberian Music Festival.
They return with new and interesting proposals Sound Workshop, after his passage in 2011 for the Cycle, and the german formation Lux:NM, which was presented in the ninth edition of the Current Music Cycle in its first foray into Spain.
Extremadura from Extreme Sound Ensemble, who usually bet on a concert model close to the story, where the proposed works dialogue forming a unitary whole, They premiere a program in which the formation revisits and explores in very small or minor genres such as the cuplé and the cabaret, passed through the sieve of contemporary music.
The programming appears again JORCAM (Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid) with his new job, Stru Lehenpeter. Cruel tales in the ear, aimed at children and young people, which was going to premiere last March in the XI Current Music Cycle but it was not possible due to the confinement decreed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The XII Current Music Cycle of Badajoz joins the celebration of the 90 anniversary of two creators like Luis de Pablo and Cristóbal Halffter, that are present throughout the programming. It is a tribute to his artistic and creative career.
This new edition will host world premieres by Sonia Mejías, Consuelo Díez, Francisco Coll or Javier Quislant, all of them commissions from the CNDM, to which are added those of Marko Nikodijevic, Natalia García and Jesús Torres, this last commission from the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz.
The public will also be able to enjoy premieres in Spain of works by the Portuguese composers Joâo Pedro Oliveira and Rubén Borges and the German Hans Werner Henze.
All concerts and activities of the XI Current Music Cycle of Badajoz are free.
An intense national and international program
He Cosmos Quartet from Barcelona, composed of four young musicians with individual international careers, will open the 7 October the XII Current Music Cycle of Badajoz in the Noble Hall of the Badajoz Provincial Council. This quartet won in 2018 First Prize at the prestigious Heidelberg International String Quartets Competition, organized by the Irene Steels-Wilsing Foundation and the Heidelberger Frühling Festival, in addition to other important awards. This program includes works by two young creators with an important career: the composer and video artist Raquel García-Tomás and Joan Magrané, CNDM resident composer in this new season. Along with them two prominent composers such as Béla Bartók, which will sound his Quartet No. 3, how much influenced György Ligeti, from which they will interpret their Quartet No. 1.
The next meeting will be with Bambú Set, a chamber ensemble made up of eight young string instrumentalists, that will present a program that will transport the public to the 15th century and the dawn of the 20th. The composer Cristóbal Halffter will be the protagonist along with his work Lays for a queen of Spain. Composed on the occasion of the fifth centenary of the Treaty of Tordesillas, the piece is based on the character of Juana la Loca. This Halffter sextet will be followed by the complex Octet by George Enescu, for which the author needed a year and a half. The concert will be held 21 October at 20:30 hours at the Extremadura and Ibero-American Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC).
In November he returns to the Current Music Cycle Sound Workshop, one of the most emblematic contemporary music ensembles on the national scene that in 2011 participated in the Badajoz Cycle. Now, within your tour of your 20 anniversary, will present a tour of contemporary Spanish music through works by its highest representatives and National Music Awards, as Luis de Pablo, Elena Mendoza, César Camarero, José Manuel López López and José María Sánchez-Verdú. In their 20 years of existence, Taller Sonoro has premiered more than 300 works, Recorded 6 CDs, offered 240 concerts, being common in contemporary music programs in the most important venues in Spain. At an international level, he regularly performs at the most renowned festivals. The Taller Sonoro concert will take place on 10 November at 20:30 hours at MEIAC.
El Ensemble Extreme sound will surprise once again with its concert proposals, in which it usually provides a particular vision of a specific universe. If in the last edition, the Extremadura group reflected on the sound and the work Coming Together by Frederic Rzewski, a piece loaded with social content recited by the Extremaduran actor José Vicente Moirón, this time he explores genres like the cuplé, operetta and cabaret focusing on the rich subversive spaces of these genres. It will address the absolute premiere of Cuplé potpourri. Minimal Gender Suite, by the composer Sonia Mejías, a work commissioned by the CNDM inspired by the cuplé of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The program includes two scenic pieces arranged: Little threepenny music, Kurt Weill, Y Songs and dances from the operetta ‘La Cubana’, for soprano and ensemble, the Hans Werner Henze. They will be accompanied by the soprano Isabella Gaudí. The concert will be 16 November at 20:30 hours at the López de Ayala Theater.
Synthesis, is a Portuguese contemporary music group that started in 2006 with the creation of the homonymous cycle ‘Synthesis – Contemporary Musical Cycle of Guarda ’. In its thirteen editions, this cycle has been relevant in the national and international contemporary music scene. In the XII Current Music Cycle of Badajoz, Synthesis, which has premiered more than thirty works by Portuguese composers of different generations and aesthetic visions, will offer a very complete overview of 20th century Portuguese music and current music. It will perform six works by Lusitanian authors together with the world premiere of a work by the Spanish composer Jesús Rueda, Itinerary, a new commission from the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz to the Madrid composer, National Music Award 2004. Síntese's concert is scheduled for the 3 December at the Library of Extremadura at 20:30 hours.
The Salamanca group Quartet synthesis, made up of four saxophonists from different parts of Spain, will bring current music to the town of Llerena, where it will offer a program characterized by commissions and music encounters of young and veteran generations, which includes two works by composers from Extremadura. They will offer two absolute premieres by José Zárate and the composer Natalia García from Cáceres, Joined in the program by another young Extremaduran composer, Oliventina Inés Badalo. They complete the repertoire Rumia of the nonagenarian composer Luis de Pablo and Recitation Book by David Maslanka. The Synthèse Quartet concert will take place on 11 December at the Cultural Center of La Merced de Llerena, to 20:30 hours.
One of the most original concerts of the XII Iberian Music Festival is that of Aleph Guitarrenquartet, a German formation with a wide contemporary repertoire for the Spanish instrument par excellence: Guitar. The quartet will offer a balanced selection of works by Núria Giménez-Comas, Spanish composer based in France and interested in mixed music, el serbio Marko Nikodijevic, of which they bring an absolute premiere, by Irene Galindo Quero and two classics from contemporary music programs such as Georg Friedrich Haas and Mauricio Sotelo. His performance will take place on 8 January at MEIAC at 20:30 hours.
The Current Music Cycle in its approach to children and young people has programmed an interesting show of musical and theatrical creation entitled Stru Lehenpeter. Cruel tales in the ear, who will interpret the Youth Orchestra of the Community of Madrid (JORCAM), directed by Jordi Francés. With music by the composer Carlos de Castellarnau, combines newly created music with electronics, audiovisual and a stage montage with gestural theater and manipulation of objects. Inspired by the classic tale of German literature, Stru Lehenpeter (translated as Pedro Melenas or Pedro El Desgreñado) is the main character of the children's book of the same name, work of the German psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann (1809-94). Stru Lehenpeter you can see the 14 January at 20:30 hours at the López de Ayala Theater.
confluence ensemble, the wind quintet created by young Spanish performers who met in Germany while they were part of different orchestras, will present works by illustrious composers of the 20th century. His concert will be a musical journey through different eras and nationalities, from Alexander von Zemlinsky and Luciano Berio to Henri Tomasi and György Kurtág. These are joined by Samuel Barber and as a culmination the absolute premiere of a work by the composer Consuelo Díez, commissioned by the CNDM. The concert will be held 22 January at the Noble Hall of the Badajoz Provincial Council at 20:30 hours.
the prestigious Trío Untitled, formed in 2009 at the Guildhall School of Music, will be present in the XII Current Music Cycle with a program that includes works by the most diverse authors, including a commission from the CNDM in collaboration with the Aldeburgh Festival to the Valencian composer Francisco Coll. They will also perform works by Wolfgang Rihm, Lili baker, Toru Takemitsu, Dmitri Shostakóvich. More than a century of music concentrated in just one hundred minutes. The appointment will be 2 February at 20:30 hours in the Noble Hall of the Badajoz Provincial Council.
The pianist Juan Carlos Fernandez-Nieto He has an outstanding international career that has led him to give concerts and recitals around the world. Its program is a tribute to composers who have left their mark on the national musical creation, among which Cristóbal Halffter and Luis de Pablo stand out, with Antón García Abril, Julian Baptist, Jesús Rueda or Isaac Albéniz. The concert will open and close with two parts of the Suite Iberia by Isaac Albéniz, the work with which the brilliant pianist from Extremadura Esteban Sánchez shone. The Juan Carlos Fernández-Nieto concert will take place on 24 February at 20:30 hours in the Noble Hall of the Badajoz Provincial Council.
Berlin's contemporary music ensemble LUX:MN closes the XII Current Music Cycle of Badajoz with a program that delves into irreverent music, humorous or cross-cultural advocating for the definitive collapse of any aesthetic frontier. The same program will sound in Badajoz and in the neighboring town of Elvas on days 12 Y 13 of March. Founded in 2010, and with a mixed staff with electronics and sound direction, LUX:MN will address recently created works such as those of Jan Brauer, Daniel Brandt, Mirela Ivicevic or Milica Djordjevic, together with an absolute premiere by Javier Quislant, commissioned by the CNDM. The concert in Badajoz will be the 12 March at 20:30 hours in the MEIAC and in Portugal will take place on 13 March at 18:00 hours at the Rodrigues Coelho de Elvas Music Academy.
Workshops and educational activities in municipalities of the province
For several editions, the Current Music Cycle has brought new music to life through concerts, workshops and activities in different parts of the province, specifically to students of conservatories and music schools. This year it will arrive in Castuera, Villafranca de los Barros, Llerena and Mérida, as well as the ‘Juan Vázquez’ Professional Conservatory of Badajoz and the Extremeño and Ibero-American Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC). The psychologist and music pedagogue Cristina Cubells will give a workshop on 8 January at the ‘Juan Vázquez’ Professional Conservatory of Badajoz entitled ‘Cruel tales to the ear’, linked to the new theatrical and musical creation project ‘Struwwelpeter’ that the Young Orchestra of the Community of Madrid will present in the Current Music Cycle.
In addition, another workshop will be offered on 19 February at the ‘María Coronada Herrera’ Municipal School of Music in Villafranca de los Barros entitled ‘Itinerant’, a collective creation workshop in which he proposes a sound tour.
Jesus Jara, Live Code specialist and co-founder of the School of Electrosonic Trades, will be the 5 February at the Municipal School of Music of Castuera giving the workshop ‘Nothing is real’, a proposal based on the work of Alvin Lucier (Nothing is Real, Vespers, Still Lives, I Am Sitting In A Room, etc.) in which, using various technological means, the compositional possibilities of space and its interaction with sound will be explored.
Another of the scheduled workshops is that of Rob Martínez, de Mutan Monkey, he 14 March titled ‘The Amplified World: electronics DIY ', that he will teach at the MEIAC aimed at all audiences. In it the participants will get closer to contemporary sound creation and the culture "do it yourself".
Two other activities complete the didactic program: a meeting with the Synthèse Quartet on 11 December at the Municipal School of Music of Llerena and the 2 February at the ‘Esteban Sánchez’ Professional Conservatory of Music in Mérida ‘Look at current music’, an educational activity related to the Isimsiz Trio concert in the XII Current Music Cycle.
The collaboration of the CNDM with the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz
For the fifth year in a row, the city of Badajoz participates in the music circuits of the National Center for Musical Diffusion, CNDM (INAEM unit, Ministry of Culture and Sports), and it does so through this cycle of music that the Philharmonic Society of Badajoz created ten years ago as a space for the dissemination of current music, becoming in a short time a benchmark inside and outside Extremadura. The cycle has the support of the Junta de Extremadura, Provincial Council of Badajoz, CB Foundation and Ibercaja Banco.
This collaboration with the CNDM has increased the number of concerts and world premieres. It has also led to some Extremadura composers or composers living in Extremadura to have released their works, as María José Fontán, Jose Ignacio de la Peña, Jeronimo Gordillo, Ines Badalo, Leandro Lorrio the Novel Sámano.