Moving Sounds 2013 presents Klangkörper / Bodies of Sound

Moving Sounds 2013 presents Klangkörper / Bodies of Sound

Klangkörper—[claŋ cœr pɛr]

body of sound, the resonant body of an instrument, an orchestra

Part of Moving Sounds 2013 - curated by Michel Galante, Melanie Maar and Christopher Zimmerman


For the fifth consecutive year, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is producing this annual festival dedicated to music, dance, visual media and aesthetic dialogue that features emerging and pioneering artists who focus on electronically generated music, and those who are at the interface of classically instrumented and electronic music.

Ensemble MISE-EN

This concert by the New York-based ensemble mise-en is part of this year’s Moving Sounds festival, and will feature two US premieres of works by Arnold Schoenberg and Mirela Ivičević, and world premiere performances of compositions by Moon Young Ha, Friedrich Heinrich Kern, and a commissioned piece for mixed ensemble and electronics by young Austrian composer Matthias Kranebitter.

In his music, Kranebitter strives to modify music using “cheap” musical material (e.g. in his electronic compositions dealing with simple midi sounds) as well as clichéd musical gestures and tonalities with ironic ambivalence. He continues to search for a quasi anti-musical mode of expression, questioning conventional manners in order to liberate himself from cultural restrictions.


Arnold Schoenberg: Gavotte Und Musette (Im Alten Style) Für Streichorchester (1897, US premiere)
Matthias Kranebitter: nihilistic study no.7 (2013, world premiere)
Friedrich Heinrich Kern: Les Adieux (2012, rev. 2013, world premiere)
Mirela Ivičević: The Rape of Rainbow (2012, US premiere)
Moon Young HA: scène iii (2013, world premiere)


ensemble mise-en (photo by Noah Stern Weber) is an innovative and versatile New York-based contemporary music collective led by composer Moon Young HA. Featuring more than fifteen of New York’s most talented musicians, this international group strives to bring a repertoire of challenging new sounds to different audiences. The ensemble wishes to impart an experience that is simultaneously multi-cultural, intellectually stimulating, and aesthetically pleasing (“mee” in Korean means “beauty”, and “zahn” means “to decorate”), promoting large-scale composition projects and intense performances of contemporary music with programs featuring the works of many established and budding composers alike. Ensemble mise-en gave their Moving Sounds Festival debut last September, with a spirited performance at the Czech Center’s Bohemian Hall. They also performed with Austrian electronic giant Wolfang Mitterer at (le) poisson rouge.

New York-based composer Moon Young HA originally hails from Seoul, South Korea, is currently pursuing his Ph.D in composition at New York University. His work focuses on combining traditional instruments with electronics and video, and has been presented at festivals and concerts in Europe, Asia and the Americas by ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Empyrean Ensemble, LOOS Ensemble, Ensemble s21, among others.

Austrian composer Matthias Kranebitter, (born 1980 in Vienna), studied electro-acoustic composition with Dieter Kaufmann and German Toro-Perez, film music with Klaus-Peter Sattler and piano with Christiane Karajeva at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna. He has also studied with Alexander Stankovski and Beat Furrer. His works received awards such as 1st Prize Gustav Mahler Composition Competition 2006, 2nd Prize Zurich Jazz Orchestra Competition or the 1st Prize Project Young Composers Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam 2009. In 2011 he was commissioned to write a chamber opera for the SireneOperntheater Wien. In 2012 the Jeunesse and the Austrian broadcaster ORF dedicated a concert to his music in the Radiokulturhaus Wien. He represented Austria at the ISCM World New Music Days 2012 in Belgium and was also one of the 4 nominated composers for the International Impuls Academy in Graz 2013 where he was commissioned to write a new ensemble piece for the Klangforum Wien. He recently received the Publicity Prize of the SKE Austro Mechana 2013.

Quartet Collective

Abraham Gomez-Delgado
Taylor Ho Bynum
Melanie Maar
Rachel Bernsen

Michelle Nagai's 'Work/Rest'

Andrew Drury, percussion
Michael Evans, percussion
Michelle Nagai, composer and concept


Presented within the framework of the Moving Sounds 2013 festival, Work/Rest was created by Michelle Nagai, and explores the rhythms and ethos of rural farm life in Japan. Touching on the mysteries of enlightenment, agricultural routine, seasonal change, and the wisdom of elders, the piece offers a glimpse of an alternative sense of sounding, listening, and knowing. Percussionists Michael Evans and Andrew Drury collect and categorize sound objects throughout the day, a work-in-process open to the public. The piece culminates with a live show in which Evans and Drury perform, accompanied by a series of comic mistranslations that describe and comment on photographic images of mid-20th century rural Japan.


Andrew Drury is a drummer/composer whose work encompasses a stunning range of tradition and exploration while manifesting a core of rhythmic savvy, intense energy, and meticulous sonic control. A former student of the legendary drummer Ed Blackwell, Drury is known for a swinging and lyrical approach to the drum set, and for being able to leave audiences spellbound with his use of extended techniques. One of few percussionists performing at a world class level in both jazz and in experimental idioms that don’t obviously spring from jazz, Drury has appeared in 25 countries and on 40 cds as a soloist, as a bandleader, and in groups with artists such as Myra Melford, Chris Speed, Elliot Sharp, and Andrea Neumann. Currently he leads a quartet with Briggan Krauss, Ingrid Laubrock, and Brandon Seabrook. He performs with 10^32K (featuring Frank Lacy), Jason Kao Hwang, Jack Wright, TOTEM>, IRON DOG, JD Parran’s clarinet ensemble, Dan Peck, Daniel Blake, and others.

Michael Evans is an improvising drummer/composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics, combining ordered systems with intuitive choices of sound making using found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin, and various digital and analog electronics. He has worked with a wide variety of artists nationally and internationally including EasSide Percussion, Fast Forward, Fulminate Trio, Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten), Susan Hefner, Gordon Monahan, Evan Parker, William Parker, Psychotic Quartet, LaDonna Smith and Peter Zummo.

Composer Michelle Nagai creates site-specific performances, installations, radio broadcasts, dances and other interactions that address the human state in relationship to its setting. Recent projects incorporate through-composed and improvised music for acoustic instruments and electronics, as well as work with natural environments, found objects, video, text and material structures fabricated from a variety of media. In 2012, Nagai lived in rural Japan, the recipient of a creative artist fellowship from the Japan-United States Friendship Commission. Nagai is currently pursuing graduate studies in music composition at Princeton University, where she studies with Paul Lansky, Dan Trueman and Barbara White. Nagai’s work has been presented in North America, Japan and Europe with the support of numerous institutions including the American Composers Forum, the Deep Listening Institute, Harvestworks, Eyebeam, the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature and Dance, the Jerome and McKnight Foundations, Meet the Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts.



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