Pia Palme – premiere at Wien Modern (Vienna); festival ring-tone, performances, lectures and MuGi Conference

Pia Palme, contrabass recorder & electronics

Pia Palme has an extraordinarily rich and high profile range of international activities coming up this October. Her new composition BARE BRANCHES (2012) is being premiered on 25 October as a cooperation between the festivals Wien Modern and e_may. BARE BRANCHES is a contemporary requiem about female infanticide and male population surplus in Asia and the impact of this situation on global society in general. The libretto is by American author Anne Waldman. Two choirs will perform using audio-scores, a tool Pia has been researching as part of her Phd at Huddersfield and performers include sopranos Salome Kammer and Annette Schönmüller, and the Wiener Kammerchor.

Pia Palme is the artistic curator for this all-night event ‘Wie Wir Wollen’ also including the work of Liza Lim and fellow Huddersfield composer Tamara Friebel.

This year, Pia will provide the annual ringtone for Wien Modern, and will be part of the panel for the Wien Modern’s press conference. Compositional and social aspects of Pia’s works will be discussed by musicologist Dr. Susanne Kogler from KUG Graz as part of a lecture at the international symposium Neue Musik als Weltanschauung during Wien Modern.

The festival e_may was founded by Pia Palme and Gina Mattiello in Vienna in 2007 as a small but engaged platform with a focus on female composers of contemporary and electronic music, commissioning new works from Austrian composers. The development of the festival and its impact on Austria’s scene of contemporary music are remarkable and Pia will present a paper on this at the MuGI Conference Gender, Musical Creativity and Age at Huddersfield on October 6th.

Another result of her research at Huddersfield is a series of performances around the Baroque nun and Mexican author Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz. Completely de-personalized by a contemporary “habit”, Pia performs and improvises with her contrabass-recorder and electronics. After a first appearance at PARAFLOWS festival in Vienna, Sor Juana is re-enacted for two days in the cell of a former monastery turned into a modern hotel-room by invitation of IMA’s festival INTIME RÄUME at Hainburg, Austria.

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