Wednesday night with the AMADINDA at CEU

November 16, 2011 - 19:00 - 20:30
Nador u. 13
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Wednesday night with the AMADINDA at CEU

Amadinda Percussion Group was formed in Budapest, Hungary in 1984 by four musicians who had just graduated at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Back then, Amadinda had two objectives in mind: First, to bring the now classic masterpieces of percussion music to the Hungarian audience which was not familiar with these compositions at the time and second, to premiere the music of contemporary Hungarian composers both in their home country and internationally. Right from the start, Amadinda has made it a point to inspire composers to write new music. One result of this endeavour was the debut performance of John Cage’s Four4, a piece written for Amadinda, in Tokyo in 1991. In recent years, Amadinda’s initial goals were enriched with three new elements: research of traditional percussion cultures, composition of new music and transcriptions of some great pieces from the history of music to percussion instruments. As a result, traditional music from four continents, the beFORe JOHN series of Zoltán Váczi and Aurél Holló, transcriptions of pieces by Ravel, Debussy and other European composers were added to Amadinda’s repertoire.

The compositions of Steve Reich, one of the most influential composers of our age are key elements of Amadinda’s repertoire. The nearly 20-year relationship between Reich and Amadinda resulted in Mallet Quartet, dedicated by Reich to the then 25-year-old Amadinda and Canadian percussion group Nexus. The piece was premiered at the Palace of Arts in Budapest in December 2009.

Zoltán Rácz - professor of Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music Budapest, founding member and principal timpanist of Budapest Festival Orchestra between 1992 and 1996. He serves as music director for Hungary’s leading contemporary music group, the UMZE Chamber Ensemble.

Zoltán Váczi - leader of research of traditional music. His percussion compositions are regularly performed by Amadinda.

Aurél Holló - appointed teacher of Béla Bartók Conservatory Budapest. Besides percussion, he graduated in composition as well. Well known percussion soloist.

Károly Bojtos - leader of Amadinda's instruments research and development program.

Concert Program:

Joged Bumbung – traditional music; Indonesia
Béla Bartók: On the island of Bali

Maurice Ravel: Little Ugly, Empress of the Pagodas
Claude Debussy: Pagodas
Aurél Holló: Gamelan-bound - beFORe JOHN²


John Cage: Third Construction
Steve Reich: Nagoya Marimbas
Steve Reich: Mallet Quartet

Featuring : László Tömösközi and Mátyás Szabó - percussion

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