Preview video for upcoming live audiovisual concert

Partitura - Sonate for Viola Solo

Quayola + Abstract Birds
Music by Gyorgy Ligeti / Performed by Odile Auboin
Producer: Keri Elmsly
Sound Analysis: Adam Stark
Commissioned by Arcadi
in collaboration with Ensemble Intercontemporain

LIVE @ Nemo Festival, Paris
MAC Créteil: Maison des Arts de Créteil, Place Salvador Allende, 94000 Créteil
27th November 2012

Partitura-Ligeti is a collaboration between Quayola + Abstract Birds in the form of a live audiovisual concert and installation based on Ligeti’s sonata for viola solo, to be performed by Odile Auboin of InterContemporain, Paris.
Commissioned by Arcadi in collaboration with Ensemble Intercontemporain for Nemo Festival, Paris. Now in it’s 15th year the festival develops new work by international artists, showcasing this in numerous venues throughout Paris from November 27th to December 16th.
Partitura-Ligeti will manifest as two live performances on Tues 27th November at Mac Cretail and Friday 30th
November at Le Cube and as a triptych installation at Mac Creteil throughout the duration of Festival.
Inspired by the studies of artists such as Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Oskar Fischinger and Norman McLaren,
Partitura - Ligeti is inherently connected to music, generating and defining its own coherent visual language .
Through the use of bespoke software, the sound of the viola is analysed and transformed into dynamic graphic
The six Ligeti pieces materialise into linear structures, translating the music and its complexities into abstract
geometries and forms. Ligeti had a far reaching influential palate from; Renaissance to African music,
literature (including writers; Carroll, Borges and Kafka), painting, architecture, science and mathematics,
especially the fractal geometry of Benoît Mandelbrot and the writings of Douglas Hofstadter.
The Sonata for Viola Solo, has been described as “perhaps the greatest paean yet written to a single string, in
this case, the viola’s lowest string, “C” its most sensual asset.”


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