Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mokale Koapeng Runs Workshops for Nov. 5 Performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen's 'Mantra'

[Mokale Koapeng]

The South African composer and choral director Mokale Koapeng sends AfriClassical news of an event in Johannesburg for which he will be a workshop leader:
“Karlheinz Stockhausen's '
Mantra', for two pianos and electronics, at Joburg's most exciting arts venue, Arts on Main ( on 5 November at 8pm; Admission free.

This performance by Jill Richards, Liza Joubert (pianos) and Shaughn Macrae (sound projectionist) will be a first for Johannesburg. It recreates the original 1970 analogue specifications of one of the masterpieces of the 20th century. The pianists will do a short user-friendly introduction to the work.

There will be three free composition and analysis workshops, run by Mokale Koapeng and Jean Pierre de la Porte. These are primarily for composers, but everyone is welcome to attend:

1. Sunday 1 November, 4pm to 7pm: Meet the Piece: a workshop with the performers, preceded by an open rehearsal from 10am to 1pm. There will be short video excerpts shown, and then discussion around the similarities and differences between Mantra and other two piano repertoire, working with ring modulation and other challenges of playing Mantra. The workshop will have time for questions and answers.

2. Monday 2 November, 6pm till 9pm: Live electronic performance and ring modulation, a workshop run by Shaughn Macrae, about live electronic performance in general, the sound engineer's role in Mantra, etc, with Tony Voorvelt from Wits Unversity's physics department, and demonstrations by the pianists as well as violinist Waldo Alexander.

3. Wednesday 4 November, 6pm till 9pm: Formula composition and the question of variation; does Mantra help to stimulate our composers and inspire new ideas; engaging in composition without having to work through older styles.

1 comment:

Invisible Inc said...

Thanks for this!

FYI that Mute Magazine (quarterly magazine about politics and art) is giving away a free book titled 'Fear Of Music: Why People Get Rothko But Don't Get Stockhausen' with a subscription to their 'zine.

Their website has a very good avant garde music column as well :)

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