SUAL Archives | 2012

Belma Bešlić-Gál: Jan Mayen (Remembering Beerenberg) for accordion and sound projection

Duration:      9‘15“
Featuring:    Andrej Serkow, accordion
Type:             Recorded live at SUAL 2012
Credits:        Audio recording by JF, editing by BG

Jan Mayen (Remembering Beerenberg)

For accordion and sound projection

The composition JAN MAYEN (Remembering Beerenberg) was inspired by photos from the Norwegian adventurer Erik A., who visited the island Jan Mayen in 2008. His trip was also an inwardly directed journey to himself: This inner search gets sonified by the accordion, ‘potential’ environmental sounds from Jan Mayen – ocean waves, wind, arctic birds – constitute the acoustic backdrop of the piece, and the fundament of the sound projection. The premiere took place in conjunction with an artist-in-residency in Frankfurt/Main in November 2001.

Belma Bešlić-Gál

Born 1978 in Tuzla (BiH). Austrian composer, artist and pianist of Slovenian/Bosnian descent, living in Vienna and Salzburg (Austria). First music studies (piano) with Planinka Jurisic-Atic in Tuzla. Piano studies at the Liszt School of Music Weimar (1996-2001, a. o. with Gerlinde Otto and Lazar Berman). Studies of composition and music theory at the University of Arts in Graz (2003-present, a. o. with Bernhard Lang, and Klaus Lang). Master classes in Darmstadt and Munich (Brian Ferneyhough, Rebecca Saunders, Raphael Cendo, German Toro Perez, Wolfgang Rihm). Co-Curator of the shut up and listen!-Festival in Vienna. The fundament of her artistic reflection is time. Further issues include cultural challenges of post-war/transitional societies, nihilism, futurism and manipulations of temporal perception in (intermedia) music constellations.

Andrej Serkow

Andrej Serkow was born in Podbuskoje, Ukraine. After his first Bajan lessons and the visit of the music school in Kirovograd, he completed his studies at the Odessa conservatory with excellent success. Further studies at the Anton Bruckner Private University in Linz, Austria (Master of Arts). As a soloist and chamber musician he performs with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, the Austrian Ensemble für neue Musik, Capella Condurezza and the Duo Ost/West. The cooperation with the composers Christoph Cech, Renald Deppe, Christoph Herndler, Wolfgang Mayer and Ludmila Samodaewa led to new, interesting pieces for accordion. His artistic work for Landestheater Linz, Theater Phönix and the theater group Arbos lead him through many countries in Europe and plays an important role artistically. With performances in Bratislava, Gmunden, Linz, Krems, and Wels and at the music summer in Bad Schallerbach he convinced the audience with expressive and deep interpretations.

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