Monday 30 September 2019, 7.30pm
Dutch composer and pianist Dante Boon plays a concert of chromatic (Luque, Lutyens) and modal music (Cage), observations of nature (Frey, Venturelli) and places to dwell (Beuger, Boon).
Antoine Beuger's large-scale, extremely poetic and intimate piano work, written specifically for Dante Boon, will receive its first performance in the UK.
1. Elisabeth Lutyens (1906-1983) – Five Bagatelles Op. 49 (1962) 7'
2. Sergio Luque (1976) – Telescope (2016-2017) 9'
3. John Cage (1912-1992) – In a Landscape (1948) 7'
4. Caterina Venturelli (1977) – Stalattiti (2006) 3'
5. Jürg Frey (1953) – Three Piano Pieces (2017-2018) 15'
– intermission –
1. Dante Boon (1973) – before traces (2019) WP 8'
2. Antoine Beuger – traces of eternity: of what is yet to be (2018) 22'
WP = World Premiere
Dante Boon is a Dutch pianist and composer based in Amsterdam. A member of the Wandelweiser composers collective, he is also known as an interpreter of experimental piano music. Boon has premiered over 50 works, many of which written specifically for him. He has performed at venues across Europe, Canada and the US and recorded numerous albums, solo and otherwise, for labels such as Another Timbre, Edtion Wandelweiser Records and Rhizome.s
He was a guest lecturer at the 13th Wiener Tage für zeitgenössische Klaviermusik hosted by the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. A three-concert musical portrait of Dante Boon was presented in 2012 at Düsseldorf's Klangraum. In 2013, he was a special guest at Michael Pisaro's Dog Star Orchestra festival of experimental music. In the same year, a retrospective of Boon's music was presented at the Los Angeles performance space the wulf. In 2016, Boon was featured as a composer and performer at Quatuor Bozzini's Performer's Kitchen (Montreal).
Boon's CD clarinet (and piano), released in 2016, which features clarinetist Jürg Frey, was recommended by Andy Hamilton in The Wire's Top 10 albums of contemporary music. The New Yorker called him a pianist with an "uncommon affinity for music that demands patience, steady hands, and a subtle touch.” In 2018, National Sawdust listed a solo recital by Boon in New York in their Top 10 of memorable musical events.
His scores are published by Edition Wandelweiser.