currents (2005)



in the early times of electronic music, the musical characteristics of speech were revealed by the use of tape recorders (most prominent in steve reich‘s it‘s gonna rain). suddenly, the noise of a word was more prominent than its meaning. the exploration of this borderline was the basis for our new program currents.

composed in 1983, john cage’s ryoanji (named after the stone garden of the buddhistic monastery in kyoto) used tape recorders simply to overlap the singers voice. by using different sound sources for each part, the prerecorded music is not longer experienced as a representation of the real voice; it‘s rather the physical reality of the loudspeaker that‘s acting as a voice with its own characteristics. the underlining percussion ostinato is representing the raked sand of the garden over which the singers unfold a rich variety of glissandi - a marvelous image of concentration and clarity of the mind!


program version for the us tour october 2005

Rico Gubler, Märchenerzählung (2002)
(*1972, CH) for voice and percussion
commissioned by and written for canto battuto
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Erik Oña, abacus (2005)
(*1961, ARG) for voice and percussion
commissioned by and written for canto battuto

John Cage, Ryoanji (1983)
(1912 - 92) for voice, percussion and tape

Gary Berger, doppelte wendung (1999)
(*1967, CH) for voice, percussion and live-electronics
commissioned by and written for canto battuto
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Annette Schmucki, from: arbeiten/verlieren. die mündung (2003 – 2005):
(*1968, CH) commissioned by and written for canto battuto
und durch. figuren. unter ruhe/punkten (2004) for snare drum
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fünfstimmig hüpfend (2005) for voice
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Gary Berger, tank (2005)
(*1967, CH) for voice, percussion and live electronics
commissioned by and written for canto battuto


canto battuto
eva nievergelt, voice
christoph brunner, percussion
guest: gary berger, live electronics and sound design

The canto battuto tour 2005 was made possible by the swiss cultural foundation PRO HELVETIA.


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