Aequilibria

Sunday, Sept 25, 2022 8pm

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
(UVic School of Music, MacLaurin Building)
Tickets at the door $25 or online

Aventa Ensemble
Bill Linwood, conductor

Anna Thorvaldsdottir,
Rolf Wallin, Topologie d’une cité fantôme
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Hrim
Bent Sørensen, Deserted Churchyards
Bent Sørensen, Funeral Procession
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, Aequilibria

For our opening concert, Aventa highlights the striking and distinctive music of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir.  Praised as “never less than fascinating” (Gramophone) and for a sound world of “seemingly boundless textural imagination” (NY Times), Anna’s music has struck a chord with audiences worldwide.  Her classic work for ensemble, Aequilibria, serves as a musical anchor for this concert over which the other works interweave and float alongside.

Life Emerging

Sunday, Nov 13, 2022 8pm

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
(UVic School of Music, MacLaurin Building)
Tickets at the door $25 or online

Aventa Ensemble
Bill Linwood, conductor

David Eagle, As mountain winds
Jocelyn Morlock, Velour
Jordan Nobles, Simulacrum
Giorgio Magnanensi, QUID
Marcus Goddard, Antarctica: Life Emerging *

Antarctica: Life Emerging features a musical journey through the icy landscape of Antarctica as part of the global campaign to safeguard the Southern Ocean.  Created in collaboration between composer Marcus Goddard and SeaLegacy co-founder Paul Nicklen the work is an emotionally engaging symphonic journey that reveals the beauty and the plight of Earth’s most remote continent.  “I aspire to bring audiences into not only the awe-inspiring ruggedness and beauty of Antarctica but also to the tenderness of life expressed so eloquently by Paul Nicklen’s stunning images” – Marcus Goddard.

Kontakte!

Sunday, Jan 22, 2023 8pm

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
(UVic School of Music, MacLaurin Building)
Tickets at the door $25 or online

Roger Admiral, piano
Bill Linwood, percussion

Karlheinz Stockhausen, Zyklus No. 9
Anthony Tan, Pose II: On the Shadows of Ideas
Karlheinz Stockhausen, Kontakte No. 12 ½

Amongst Stockhausen’s vast catalogue of groundbreaking music, very few works have had the enduring impact of his 1958-60 masterpiece, Kontakte.  Roger Admiral and Bill Linwood join forces in the composer’s second version of the work, in which prerecorded sounds combine with piano and percussion.   With textures morphing like the colours of a kaleidoscope, Kontakteis startling in its immediacy and a treat to experience live.

Still Life With Avalanche

Sunday, Apr 2, 2023 8pm

Phillip T. Young Recital Hall
(UVic School of Music, MacLaurin Building)
Tickets at the door $25 or online

Aventa Ensemble
Bill Linwood, conductor
Vincent Ranallo, baritone

Missy Mazzoli, Still Life With Avalanche *
Philippe Leroux, Ailes
Taylor Brook – Lore **
György Ligeti, Chamber Concerto

Alongside the iconic Chamber Concerto and a shimmering masterwork from French composer Philippe Leroux, Aventa presents music from the astonishing American composer Missy Mazzoli.  Described by Time Out as a “post-millennial Mozart,” Mazzoli is one of the most inventive and surprising composers creating today.   In Still Life With Avalanche, a strange and evocative sonic landscape emerges as piles of melodies collapse in a chaotic free fall, with bursts of sounds layering over the static drones of harmonicas.  “At its core, this is a piece about finding beauty in chaos, and vice versa.” – Missy Mazzoli

* Canadian premiere
** World premiere