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Star Catcher

Barbara Hannigan & All Stars

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Synopsis

John Zorn's ear is always looking for the next sound from turn into music. Barbara Hannigan's voice sings unimaginable notes until the moment she lets us hear them.

It was inevitable that their meeting would be among the most extraordinary in contemporary music. The occasion was a piece that the Festival audience already knows, Jumalattaret, which before ending up in the hands of the Canadian artist was considered inexecutable, and which made her famous all over the world.

Hannigan returns to the same stage at Teatro Romano from which he presented us with Jumalattaret two years ago, with an impressive collection of pieces by the New York composer and a roster of top-notch musicians from from diverse backgrounds: the American JACK Quartet, drummer Ches Smith, bassist Jorge Roeder, vibraphonist Sae Hashimoto and pianist Stephen Gosling are all longtime collaborators whom Zorn chose for concerts celebrating his 70th birthday in 2023.

John Zorn challenges every definition. He started in jazz to push far beyond all musical boundaries, being inspired from Charles Ives, Bruno Maderna and Karlheinz Stockhausen, but also from directors, novelists and epic poems from the most diverse traditions. The one constant on his path is an inexhaustible curiosity and the need to find performers who, like him, are not satisfied with what they already know how to do. "I am interested in situations in which musicians have to make as many choices as possible. Nothing has to be predetermined," Zorn said in an interview for La Lettura. "The musicians who work with me are honest, sincere, responsible, virtuosic, have great imaginations, are open minds, experience challenges as opportunities, bring intensity and catharsis to performance. They are all my friends, my family."

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Program

voice Barbara Hannigan

JACK Quartet

violin Christopher Otto

violin Austin Wulliman

viola John Richards

cello Jay Campbell

Ches Smith drums

bass Jorge Roeder

Sae Hashimoto Vibraphone

Stephen Gosling piano

music by John Zorn

Liber Loagaeth for soprano and string quartet

Star Catcher for soprano and piano

Ab Eo, Quod for soprano, cello, vibraphone and drums

Casting The Runes for vibraphone and piano

With improvisation by drums and bass

Pandora's Box for soprano and string quartet

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Spoleto production Festival dei Due Mondi

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Tickets: from 48 € to 60 €
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Biographies

Barbara Hannigan

Embodying music with unparalleled dramatic sensitivity, soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan is an artist at the forefront of creation. The Grammy Award-winning Canadian musician has demonstrated a deep commitment to the music of our time and has premiered more than ninety new creations. With a 30-year career, Hannigan's artistic colleagues have included Reinbert de Leeuw, Pierre Boulez, Sasha Waltz, John Zorn, Krszysztof Warlikowski, Simon Rattle, Katie Mitchell, Henri Dutilleux, Vladimir Jurowski, Gyorgy Ligeti, Kirill Petrenko, George Benjamin, Andreas Kriegenburg, and Hans Abrahamsen. He is Principal Guest Conductor of the Göteborgs Symfoniker, Première Artiste Invitée of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Associate Artist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Orchestra from Lausanne Chamber (from 2024/25 onwards) and Reinbert de Leeuw Professor of Music at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She has released six albums with Alpha Classics, including her latest disc, Infinite Voyage, in 2023. Barbara's commitment to the younger generation of musicians led her to to create the mentoring initiatives Equilibrium Young Artists (2017) and Momentum: our Future Now (2020). Barbara resides in Finistère, on the northwest coast of France, just across the Atlantic from where she grew up to Waverley, Nova Scotia.

JACK Quartet

Hailed as "the premier quartet of new music" by The New York Times and described as "experts in the most fiercely difficult modern scores" by The New Yorker, the JACK Quartet is one of the most highly regarded contemporary experimental string quartets, committed to its mission of creating an international community through transformative, mind-opening experiences and close listening. Comprised of violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards and cellist Jay Campbell, the JACK Quartet was founded in 2005 and opera as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning and appreciation of 20th- and 21st-century string quartet music. Through to intense collaborations with many of today's most creative voices, the quartet has a prolific catalog of commissions and recordings and has been nominated for three GRAMMY Awards.

Ches Smith

Originally from Sacramento, California, he is a drummer, percussionist and composer based to New York. Since the early 2000s, he has collaborated with numerous artists, including Marc Ribot, Tim Berne, John Zorn, Darius Jones, David Torn, John Tchicai, Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, Trevor Dunn, Terry Riley, Kris Davis, Dave Holland, Secret Chiefs 3, Xiu Xiu, Good for Cows, Theory of Ruin, and Mr. Bungle. He has nine records to his credit as a bandleader and is a faithful devotee of Haitian Vodou drums with which he has been performing in religious and folkloric settings to New York and Haiti for the past decade.

Jorge Roeder

Originally from Lima, Peru, bassist Jorge Roeder is known as one of the most versatile and expressive bassists in jazz today. Combining a symphonic imagination with the intimate lyricism of a folk musician, the aggressive energy of a raw rocker with the rhythmic sensibility of his Afro-Peruvian roots, Roeder conveys a broad spectrum of influences within a solid foundation. In his hands, writes Peter Hum of the Ottawa Citizen, "the music seems to dance from the ground up." The surprising adaptability of Roeder's voice is evidenced by the variety of his valued collaborators. from time he collaborates with guitarist Julian Lage, whose music spans a panorama of American styles, and with Argentine vocalist Sofia Rei, a creative author and interpreter of melodies from from various South American traditions. He is also a member of Israeli pianist Shai Maestro's trio, which blends complexity and elegance, and trombonist Ryan Keberle's Catharsis ensemble. Roeder has also shared stages with innovators such as vibraphonist Gary Burton, guitarist Nels Cline and composer/saxophonist John Zorn. His talents have been recognized with numerous awards, including first prize in the 2007 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, placement as a semifinalist in the 2009 Thelonious Monk Bass Competition, and a Grammy Award nomination for Sounding Point, the debut album by the Julian Lage Group. After starting to taking guitar lessons at an early age, Roeder studied classical cello in Peru and Russia, honed his skills in rock clubs in Lima and turned to jazz at Boston's esteemed New England Conservatory, where he studied with jazz greats such as Danilo Pérez, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Moses, Cecil McBee and Peruvian Oscar Stagnaro. With his inexhaustible skills, Roeder's music always seems to reach out to a new horizon. He has embraced the lessons of classical training, passion for rock and jazz improvisation to become a unique and original bassist at the forefront of modern jazz

Sae Hashimoto

Japanese-born percussionist. Her wide range of skills and growing musical curiosity have contributed to her multifaceted career, which continues to evolve. Her virtuosity and unwavering commitment make her a sought-after performer of classical, baroque, contemporary and experimental music. Hashimoto is passionate about performing music by living composers. As a member of the piano/percussion quartet Yarn/Wire and the Talea Ensemble, she has worked to closely with leading voices in contemporary and experimental music, including Tyshawn Sorey, Michael Gordon, Øyvind Torvund, Agata Zubel and Annea Lockwood. A long collaboration with John Zorn led to the premiere of more than a dozen of his works for vibraphone, recorded on two albums on the Tzadik label. As an orchestral musician she has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the New York City Ballet, the New Jersey Symphony, and the American Composers Orchestra. She is currently the principal timpanist of the New Jersey Symphony in C orchestra. She also performs baroque music with her 19th-century period timpani with ensembles such as TENET Vocal Artists and Clarion Music Society. His original music can be heard on a self-titled album by Archipelago X, an improvisation-based trio consisting of from Brian Marsella on keyboards and Ikue Mori, a MacArthur 2022 winner on electronics. Hashimoto and Marsella are currently working to a new project for vibraphone and piano, with a new album to be released in 2025. Her love for percussion began by chance in fifth grade music class in Osaka, Japan. In 2012, she moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School, where she studied with Daniel Druckman and Markus Rhoten, supported by a Kovner Fellowship. After completing her master's degree in 2018, she was selected as a percussion fellow for Ensemble Connect, a prestigious Carnegie Hall program. She currently resides to West Orange, NJ.

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