Max Richter comes to Krakow for the ICE Classic series!
Outstanding composer and pianist Max Richter will make his appearance in Krakow! On the 1st of May 2016, at 8 PM, the artist will perform at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre as part of the ICE Classic series. Inspired equally by the Beatles and Bach, punk rock and ambient electronica, Richter blends Baroque beauty with minimalist methodology and combines classical orchestration with modern technology. During the concert, we will hear pieces from Vivaldi Recomposed, a reworked version of Antonio Vivaldi’s classic, as well as material from The Blue Notebooks, in which Richter presents modern sounds played on classical instruments.
“Max Richter’s concert programme is perfect for Krakow – a city that is simultaneously modern and traditional. At ICE Kraków, we’ll hear modern arrangements of Vivaldi’s works and pieces from The Blue Notebooks, a project that was enthusiastically received worldwide”, says Izabela Helbin, director of the Krakow Festival Office. “I’m certain that this concert, which is part of the ICE Classic series, will be an excellent way to start the long weekend. Come see us at ICE Kraków on the 1st of May!” Helbin adds.
The “Max Richter: Vivaldi Recomposed & The Blue Notebooks” concert will consist of two parts: “Vivaldi Recomposed” and “The Blue Notebooks”. During the first part we will have a chance to hear Sinfonietta Cracovia lead by the synthesizers and electronic instrument led by Max Richter.The violin solos will be performed by Mari Samuelson. The second part will contain material from the Blue Notebooks album and will be performed by the artist and the UK Ensemble.
Max Richter is one of the most prolific artists of his generation. Composer, pianist, producer, remixer and collaborator extraordinaire – Max Richter defies definition. He may be an enigma, but what is beyond argument is that he is a fantastic artist. Richter has achieved a monumental body of work encompassing concert music, operas, ballets and video installations, as well as multiple film, theatre and television scores, and a series of acclaimed solo albums incorporating poetry and literature. Among the challenges he has taken on recently was an attempt to “recompose” one of the most recognisable pieces of music from the classical canon – Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons – and “update” it for the 21st century.
There are diverse influences evident in Richter’s music: the minimalist aesthetic that traces back to composers of the early 1960s (Rich, Glass), through punk Rock and Brian Eno’s 1970s invention of ambient music. Also noticeable is his formal musical education, as well as the experimentalism of the avant-garde, the cut-up technique used in electronic dance music and todays’ cannibalistic culture of the remix.
The Blue Notebooks is Richter’s first album released via Fat Cat Records (2004). It features a guest appearance by film icon Tilda Swinton, reading extracts from Kafka and Miłosz. Pieces from the album can be heard in such cinematic hits as Shutter Island and Vals im Bashir (Waltz with Bashir) – Richter composed the music for the latter film. “One of the reasons I sent my demo to Fat Cat was because I heard the first Sigur Rós album. To me, it sounded like Arvo Pärt with guitars. That’s when I knew it would be a good home for me,” the artist said.
Max Richter: Vivaldi Recomposed & The Blue Notebooks
Location: ICE Kraków Congress Centre
Date: 1 May 2016 (Sunday), 8 PM
Tickets to the Max Richter concert as part of the ICE Classic series will be available for sale starting Friday, the 19th of February at 12 PM through www.eventim.pl, as well as selected InfoKraków tourist information points, from 70 to 150 PLN. Detailed information about the tickets is available at www.icekrakow.pl and www.biurofestiwalowe.pl.
The ICE Classic series
Max Richter’s concert is the next – after Aleksandra Kurzak’s operatic arias – concert in the ICE Classic series, which presents an exceptional cycle of classical music concerts. They are intended to fill the time between key Krakow festivals and provide audiences with world class artistic experiences. All concerts in the series will take place at the ICE Kraków Congress Centre.
Max Richter began his career as a founding member of Piano Circus, a contemporary classical ensemble that played and commissioned works by Steve Reich, Arvo Pärt, Philip Glass and Brian Eno. Max stayed on for ten years and five albums, gradually incorporating electronic elements and found sounds – the building blocks of what would become one of his trademarks. Over the next years, Max Richter collaborated with electronic musicians – The Future Sound of London (1996-98) and Mercury Music Prize winners Robi Size and Reprazent (2000). Later, when he parted ways with his collaborators, Richter began work on what would become his first solo album. Memoryhouse, released in 2002, was mainly an orchestral work, but also contained electronic sounds, recordings and voices. The live premiere of the album was held at the Barbican Centre in London in 2014. In 2005, the work was used by the BBC as the soundtrack for the documentary Auschwitz – The Nazis and the Final Solution.
In 2006, he released his next album – Songs from Before, which featured Robert Wyatt reading from Haruki Murakami. Two years later, he released 24 Postcards in Full Colour (2008).
Mari Samuelsen is a highly acclaimed Norwegian violinist, who started her career at the tender age of three. She studied at the Barratt Due Institute of Music, with world-renowned Russian Professor Zakhar Bron and legendary Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen. The artist appears on stages all over the world, both solo and in duets with her brother, Håkon Samuelsen, who plays the cello. Mari Samuelsen has played concerts in the most prestigious concert halls of the world, including Carnegie Hall (New York), the Théâtre de Champs-Elysées (Paris), Tonhalle (Zurich), Victoria Hall (Geneva), Salle Garnier (Monte Carlo), Wolf Trap Center (Washington) and the Tchaikovsky Hall (Moscow). Samuelsen is a dedicated chamber musician – she has collaborated with such musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Truls Mørk, Nicolas Altstaedt and Measha Brueggergosman, as well as eminent conductors such as Seiji Ozawa, Vasily Petrenko and David Zinman. As a soloist, she performs regularly with Max Richter in his excellent project Vivaldi Recomposed.