Monday, March 28, 2016, 7:30 PM @ Carnegie Hall in New York City, IGM celebrates the album's release of alternative singer Radmila Lolly. The concert premieres works by New York based Colombian composer Julián De La Chica: String Quartet No.1 Op. 7 performed by the cutting edge Scorchio Quartet and Four Short Stories at the Standard Hotel Op.6 performed by Tenor José Heredia. Julián De La Chica, a post minimalist, takes on the challenge of exploring different ways of listening to the world.
The modern age is all about saturation. The music of Julián De La Chica takes on the challenge of exploring different ways of listening to the world. Listening to this perspective can be daunting to the contemporary ear. The notion of complexity as synonymous with Quality, the saturation of the sound landscape and productions that represent the so-called post-post-symphonic great culture deafens us ... why? The reason lies in our need for saturation, rational self-complacency in excess, in the spectacle where nudity is not enough; where open flesh and blood, even death, do not sate us …
The works gathered in this concert tie a sole string. They are the anatomy of a knot, as in the Japanese art of shibari literally "bind" the saturated body, and this bond, releasing the possibility of sensuality and sophisticated listening. In the first half of the concert, a selection of Mr. De La Chica's works for piano: Prelude Op. 8 No. 1 (Premiere) and Nocturnal & Circular Images Op. 5, No.1 Illumination and No. 6, Retrospective (Included in his latest album: Nocturnal & Circular Images Op. 5 - IGM, 2015) accompany the premiere of his String Quartet No. 1 Op. 7 (V Cycles) performer by the Scorchio Quartet, known by its versatility and sound in music ranging from Philip Glass to David Bowie.
Mr. De La Chica composed a piece for a string quartet that communes with his Cycle Op. 5. This work does not speak of the Colombian composer living in New York City; it is a pilgrimage. The piano and the string quartet are traces of this journey of identity which is, in short, destruction. The inner sound, is the deepest for those who create from the musical abyss. Sound culture around us weaves nets like mermaid songs and Penelope mantles ... he who seeks his sound needs to choose; and home is not always Ithaca. Mr. De La Chica, as Samuel Beckett, knows that companionship is being "alone" and, as in the nighttime images of William Blake, speaks of the unfathomable path with the smallest gesture of a human hand.
The Four Short Stories at the Standard Hotel Op.6, written for string quartet, two singers and female voice, are based on short stories written by the composer during his first months living in New York. The Scorchio Quartet and José Heredia explore the possibility of the stories as fractures where light eventually enters. Anthony Majewski and Elisa Nikoloulias from the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus perform voices making "noise", evoking the soundscape of everyday repetition. The set is a look at this meeting place where everyone is alone. The big city gives them a break when they simply sit and listen as ephemeral flowers on a table at the Standard Hotel.
Präludium: (Aufruf) Gesegnete Dunkelheit and Ave Maria, as in Mr. De La Chica's Mandala cycle (Album Minimal Aggression - IGM, 2015) the ascetic exercise to which the composer is subjected, imposes the maximum restriction of means, looking for a minimum that is full of possibility, concludes as it initiates, taking the aegis of cycles Op. 5, 6 and 7. The image of a room in the middle of nowhere, and absolute self-awareness in that one room, are the essence of these works.
The concert is based on a single principle: think saturation from the possibility of a "Trans-minimal-aggression". Mr. De La Chica considers himself to be an "experimenter", not a "composer". However, he creates a micro-universe from atomic naked sound. The skin is a set of pores traversed by particles of world. The music of Mr. De La Chica explores the liminal atomic spaces between these pores and the world.
Susan Campos - Fonseca, PhD
Musicologist and composer
Radmila Lolly is a singer of alternative classical music. Her musical explorations include electronic & contemporary genres. In addition, she sings in Russian, German, Latin, English, Italian & Spanish.
A 1st Prize winner in New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera's 2014 International Vocal Competition, and an encouragement award winner in the 2015 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition, Dominican tenor José Heredia has been called "A Golden-Age style tenor...that impresses immediately with his vibrant instrument and forward placement of tone" (Qonstage.com).
Hailed as a cutting edge electro-acoustic string quartet known for its artistry and eclecticism, Scorchio made it’s debut at Carnegie Hall performing with David Bowie in the 2001 Tibet House Benefit Concert produced by Philip Glass. Scorchio has performed at Carnegie Hall with Glass, Smith, Lou Reed, Trey Anastasio, Iggy Pop, Michael Stipe, Beatboxing legend Rahzel, Sturgill Simpson, Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend, Regina Spektor, David Byrne and many others including Tibetan musicians Tenzin Choegyal and Techung.
Currently in its 15th season, the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus (YNYC) brings together the finest choral musicians from the thousands of young people who flock to the city for its excitement and artistic life. YNYC is a unique post-collegiate community choir, comprised of talented singers in their twenties and early thirties. YNYC has the pleasure of performing for a large and devoted youthful audience, exposing them to the beauty and the transcendent potential of the choral art.
Julián De La Chica is a Colombian composer, pianist and record producer based in Brooklyn, NY, whose influences range from American minimalism to the alternative and electronic scene. His work, most of the time inspired by everyday images, the search of personal spiritual reflection and the inner darkness, mixes piano, strings, and classical singers, with electronic keyboards and controllers, crossing over from classical to ambient/electronic music.