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Argento Ensemble

  • Florence Gould Hall 55 East 59th Street New York, NY, 10022 United States (map)

Murail in New York : Spectralism in America

At the peak of his artistic creativity from 1997 to 2010, Tristan Murail lived and worked in the center of American musical culture, New York City. As one of the most prominent living French composers, his legacy resulted in a cross pollination with young emerging American artists yielding a unique hybrid of new music subculture. (Argento was formed as a result of close collaboration between Murail and a group of ambitious young virtuosi.)

Since his departure, Murail’s New York following has been eager to hear spectral music performed in a chamber ensemble setting, and, in particular, for Argento to perform this repertoire. The most common request Argento receives is, “When will we hear you play Murail again?” 

In conjunction with the French American Cultural Exchange and FIAF, this second concert of a two-part series features the music of Tristan Murail alongside works of three of his American students who have built on and extended his work in powerful new directions. 

Tristan Murail - Ethers (1978) for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, cello and piano
Joshua Fineberg - Facets (2005) for solo clarinet
Michel Galante - Watercolors (2003) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and percussion
Michel Galante - Leaves of Absence (2005) for flute, clarinet, trombone and string quintet
Huck Hodge - Transfigured Etudes (2009) for piano
Joshua Fineberg - Objets trouvés (2009) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion
 U.S. premiere performed by Argento in 2011
Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

Earlier Event: May 4
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Later Event: June 1
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