SUAL Archives | 2014
Peter Jakober: weit beisammen for flute, clarinet and live electronics
Featuring: Duo Soufflé (Theresia Schmidinger, Clarinet | Doris Nicoletti, Flute)
Type: Recorded live at SUAL 2014
Credits: Audio recording by JF, editing by BG
for flute, clarinet and live-electronics, 2010
Patterns of pulsations, bisbigliandos, quarter-tone trills and tonal scales are interwoven into dense, vibrant acoustic spaces. The live played sounds are simultaneously recorded and played back with a delay at minimal – faster or slower – factors. The velocity variations are generating temporal and harmonic microtonal textures, constructing a floating overall sound. The increasing density of the sound blurs the perception of the single sounds and their sources. After a peak in the middle of the piece, soft multi-phonics are remaining, whose characteristic beats undergo duplication, extension and opening. The accelerated playback of the live sound provokes a reflection of the phenomenon on the overall sound. The final soundscape of the piece is developed and shaped within this relationship.
Peter Jakober is adept at a range of instrumentations, from pieces for mixed choir to various chamber combinations, and like most composers in his generation, is completely at home both with live electronics and notated scores. He grew up in southern Styria, learning accordion and piano and began his studies at the University of Graz in technical mathematics, musicology and philosophy before beginning to study composition with Georg Friedrich Haas and Gerd Kühr at the University for Music and the Performing Arts (Graz). He graduated in 2006 with distinction, receiving a promotional award for music from the city of Graz and in 2007 a state scholarship for composition from the Austrian government, as well as a scholarship for a four month stay in Rotterdam from Styria. He won first prize for ‘Puls 3’, a piece for an automated piano competition, ‘Ghost Note Competition’. He has had numerous performances and commissions with major new music ensembles in Austria and Europe, including the Ensemble Recherche, the Klangforum Wien, for festivals including Wien Modern, Musikprotokoll Graz, Paul Hofhaymer Music Festival, Klangspuren Schwaz and with the festival Sacra!. From 2003-2008 he organised a platform for young composers, Hörfest Graz, which he founded with Erich Ranegger. After stays abroad in Rotterdam and Cologne he currently lives in Vienna.
[Text Tamara Friebel]
The ‘Duo Soufflé’ was formed by Doris Nicoletti (flutes) and Theresia Schmidinger (clarinets) in 2005. The two musicians have commissioned numerous compositions and work in close cooperation with composers to expand the repertoire for the duo flute and clarinet. Contemporary music offers a wide field to explore the sounds of these two families of instruments. The rich colours and expressiveness of flute and clarinet, in both sound and noise, are the foundations which allow the creation of differing shades of blending, fusion and contrast. The duo sees a logical continuation between instrumental music and voice, and the artistic use of breath and air when playing a wind instrument. The duo have performed several theatrical pieces for speaking, singing and acting musicians and have also worked with writers, actors and dancers.
[info as of 11/2014]