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Contrabassònic, concert by Rafael Esteve with Lewin-Richter and Rossinyol

Thursday 3 November, 20:30 h. Sala Aranyó, Campus UPF de Poblenou.


Imatge inicial

Concert for double bass and electronics, resulting from the meeting of three friends with long-standing links to Phonos, eager to explore the possibilities of the 3D sound system of Sala Aranyó, as well as the possibilities of spatialisation and live processing of the double bass. From this motivation, Contrabassonic was born, a project by composers Andrés Lewin-Richter and Jordi Rossinyol, together with double bass player Rafael Esteve.



Rafael Esteve - Beaucarnea (2022)
Andrés Lewin-Richter - Sonic Experience (2022)
Rafael Esteve - Camins vers lo Abstracte (2022)
Jordi Rossinyol - Abstracte (2022)
Rafael Esteve - Buguenvíl·lea (2022)

Comments on the works

Rafael Esteve: "Beaucarnea and Buguenvíl-lea are two pieces for double bass solo. They have the aim of exploring the instrument, taking it to the limit of its possibilities, both sonorous and visual, which means that the sound result is always between the frontier of what would be noise itself and organised sound. Both are static with a slow, progressive and encircling evolution, allowing the listener to perceive the sounds provoked by the concrete treatment of the instrument. Camins Vers lo Abstracte is the result of a careful study of the electronic work Abstracte by Jordi Rossinyol. In this case the double bass develops its own discourse respecting and reflecting the essence of the original work".

Andrés Lewin-Richter: "Sonic Experience is my second experience with the double bass (Sequence VII was the first and in memory of Lluis Callejo), here I tried to study the confrontation of previously constructed electronics with different recordings of works or recorded passages of solo double bass until I found concomitances in certain passages that allowed me to establish the most appropriate type of sonority for the double bass (legato phrases, pizzicati, trills, etc.). This is why I consider it a "sound experience"."

Jordi Rossinyol: "In the 70s I visited the painter Josep Hurtuna in his studio. The artist worked with spots of color from abstract forms. Abstracte is the explicit formulation of an equivalent approach: the sound elements are separated from the narrative, surpassing the romantic context and establishing other connecting fields. At the same time, the piece recovers a line of work where the connecting fields between performer and composer shift during the composition process of the instrumental part. For the moment, the musical construction has concluded all the parameters, the structure, the timing, the implicit spaces, the polyphony, the dynamics and the timbre. In this meeting between performer and composer, the double bass is initially incorporated with all the possibilities open, but it will have to be placed in the structural framework, intermingling with the references that are produced, in tune with a sense of chance that is neither capricious nor left open. Discovering the place that the live double bass will occupy (since there are others that are recorded) is not easy, so it will be necessary to immerse oneself in the cobweb formed by the sounds, closed and precise, learning to move as if it were a spider moving in a subtle, strong, light and purposeful way."


Rafael Esteve was born in Alcoy in 1958. He studied double bass in Barcelona with Enric Ponsa and Christoph Rahn. He also attended courses with Josef Niederhammer, Francesco Pertracchi and Ludwig Streicher. On numerous occasions he has collaborated with the OBC, Orquesta del Gran Teatro del Liceo, Orquesta Sinfónica del Vallès, contemporary music groups Vol ad Libitum, Ensemble Barcelona Nueva Música as well as with renowned Catalan singer-songwriters (Raimon, Ovidi Montllor...). He currently teaches double bass and chamber music at the Blai Net municipal music school in Sant Boi de Llobregat and the Enric Granados professional conservatory in Lleida. He is a member of the Catalan Chamber Orchestra, the Júlia Carbonell Orchestra of Lleida and the free't collective.

Andrés Lewin-Richter Ossiander (born Miranda de Ebro, 1937) is a composer and industrial engineer. He obtained a Fulbright scholarship that allowed him to complete his studies at Columbia University, in New York City, where he studied and worked between 1962 and 1965, being an assistant to Vladimir Ussachevsky, Mario Davidovsky and Edgar Varèse at the Columbia Princeton Electronic Music Center, where he created his first electronic compositions. In 1968, he founded the Barcelona Electronic Music Studio and was executive director of the Conjunt Català de Música Contemporània between 1968 and 1973. In 1974, he founded the Phonos Foundation together with Josep Maria Mestres Quadreny. He is a composer specialised to a greater extent in electroacoustic music, having composed instrumental works with tape and music for ballet, theater, film and video.

Disciple of Gabriel Brncic, Jordi Rossinyol follows courses and seminars with Luigi Nono, Lluís Callejo i Creus, Francisco Kroepfl, Gerardo Gandini, Andrés Lewin-Richter, Helmut Lachenmann, Walter Zimmermann, among others. Electroacoustic techniques in Phonos. In 1986 he attended courses in Darmstadt: lectures by Morton Feldman, Kaija Saariaho, Brian Ferneyhought, where he also receives advice from Emmanuel Nunes, Irvine Arditti, Magnus Andersson. His work has been influenced by de continuous contacts and projects carried out with Joan Guinjoan, Josep Mª Mestres-Quadreny and David Padrós. He was part of the Conjunt Instrumental Phonos, and since 1986 has been the guitarist of mezzo-soprano Anna Ricci, also conducting the premiere of several chamber operas. He promoted the creation of the instrumental group Vol ad Libitum, whitch he directed for almost twenty years. Performers and composers suchs as Jep Nuix, Gabriel Brncic and David Padrós worked in this group. Previously he worked as a duo with the composer Oriol Graus.

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