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Sonic Explorations

29 August 2019

Jean David Caillouët, Dieter Mack, Peter Veale and Anothai Nitibhon, Curator



The Guest House (2019), Chie Tsang Lee (AYE Composer)
Daniel Roi Calingasan, Banduria
Htet Arkar, Pat Waing
War War San, Suang-Guak
My Nguyen, Dan Trahn
Prannathorn Teerarodjanakul, Oboe
Julia Berg, Bass Clarinet
Käthe Luise Schmidt, Harp
Moritz Koch, Percussion
Alejandro Sarriegui, Percussion

Peter Veale, Conductor

Duets for Storab (selections), Harrison Birtwistle
Carl Rosman, Clarinet
Julia Berg, Clarinet
Tribe’s Dance, Jun Yan Chow (AYE Composer)
Htet Arkar, Pat Waing
Prannathorn Teerarodjanakul, Oboe
Chow Jun Yan, Live Electronics

Ngerumpy, Candra Bangun Setyawan (AYE Composer)
Chatkul Wisutthisara, Flute
Carl Rosman, Clarinet
Dini Pratiwi, Saron Barung
Sara Cubarsi, Violin
Pulish Likitvattanaset, Cello
Candra Bangun Setyawan, Live Electronics

Peter Veale, Conductor

Neon Nightfall, JunYi Chow
Pitikiat Jantarajaturaphat, Trombone
Supak Wittayanukulluk, Clarinet
Thitipol Piseskul, Saxophone

Angst Angel, Alex Dea
Alex Dea, Flute & Voice
Weerapong Donlakhon, Dancer
Yutthana Amararong, Dancer


Wantilan, Dieter Mack
Moritz Koch, Percussion
Sanook Boonpan, Flute

Labyrinth Trap, Hilmi Ridha Mahardika (AYE Composer)
Dini Pratiwi, Saron Pelog
Nattawut Deejing, Saron Slendro
Siraphob Maitreesirimongkol, Flute
Reephaw Saenthawidet, Cello

Noa Noa, Kaija Saariaho
Phataporn Preechanon, Flute & Electronics

Sa Baníg na Áming Pinápanaginípan, Lawrence Galve Parcon (AYE Composer)
Daniel Roi Calingasan, Banduria
Htet Arkar, Pat Wiang
Kathleen Nicole Cahis, Kulintang
My Nguyen, Dan Trahn
Dini Pratiwi, Saron Barung
War War San, Suang-Gauk
Natcha Techaaphonchai, Khim
Jirut Burapornchaikul, Ching
Nakriss Jirarattapat, Thon & Rammana

Peter Veale, Conductor

Vanishing Sound III, Otto Sidharta

ASEAN voice?, Dwi Cahyo Septian (AYE Composer)
Pat Wiang: Htet Arkar
My Nguyen, Dan Trahn
Yanini Pongpakatien,Violin
Petpairin Luenpaen, Violin
Phattarapoj Sawangchaeng, Viola
Pulish Likitvattanaset, Cello
Käthe Luise Schmidt, Harp
Jirut Burapornchaikul, Percussion
Alejandro Sarriegui, Percussion
Peter Veale, Conductor

This evening explores a more elemental aspect of music and focuses on the sonic experience. The most fundamental element of music is sound: the vibrational matter that transmits the invisible messages music consists of.

The performance showcases new works by young Southeast Asian composers extending the possibilities of local instruments through playing techniques, innovative and unusual combinations or through the use of electronic treatments.

‘Labyrinth Trap’ by Hilmi Ridha Mahardika is inspired by the difference between the well-tempered system from Western music and laras system from Sundanese/Javanese traditional music. ‘The Guest House (2019)’ by Chie Tsang Lee was inspired by a poem of Rūmī. The composer explores the boundaries between stability and instability; determinacy and indeterminacy. Chow Jun Yan’s ‘Tribe’s Dance’ evokes a tribal dancing environment experienced during a ceremony. Combining electronics and two instruments, one from the East and one from the West to achieve a new fusion of musical colours. The musical idea behind Candra Bangun Setyawan’s ‘Ngerumpy’ lies in the composer’s extra-musical experience, which is about the culture of ngerumpi, an integral part of Javanese society. Sa Baníg na Áming Pinápanaginípan’ by Lawrence Galve Parcon is a piece scored for Southeast Asian musical instruments that celebrates unity amidst differences. The instruments used in the piece, tuned in different tonal systems such as Pentatonic, Pelog and the Western Scales, struggle and work together to seek harmony within the ensemble. ‘ASEAN voice?’ by Dwi Cahyo Septian visits the theme of the cultural boundaries broken down by communication; ”Now, we meet each other online and enrich each other’s lives at the speed of our internet connection. Even though I use ASEAN instruments, do I still speak with and ASEAN voice?”

The pioneer of electronic music in Indonesia, Otto Sidharta invites us into a realm of textural and timbral exploration that explores the spatial dimension of musical expression.

In Alex Dea’s ‘Angst Angel’, the dancer is the musical expression of a musical process. Music and movement are equals in this exploration of the sound- mind space paradigm questioning the shifting behaviours of the Javanese way of life in the current Westernised context.

‘Noa Noa’ by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho derives its title from a woodcut by Gauguin as well as the painter’s own travel diary during his visit to Tahiti in the last
decade of the 19th century. It is a piece for solo flute and electronics using word fragments from Gauguin’s text.

Harrison Birtwistle’s ‘Duets for Storab’ evokes a Viking prince shipwrecked and chased by hostile islanders.

Dieter Mack’s ‘Wantilan’ for Alto flute and percussion is an anecdotal piece based on the principles of a gong cycle while referring to the experience of Balinese open-air performances. Rhythms providing earthiness to the harmonic language.

ASEAN Youth Ensemble (AYE)
Ensemble Musikfabrik
Studio Musikfabrik
PGVIM musicians
Invited Artists

Jean David Caillouët
Dieter Mack
Peter Veale
Anothai Nitibhon

Nusamol Jongprakitpong
Benjamart Maiket
Pongthep Jitduangprem
Rittichut Phetmunin
Jittinant Klinnumhom

Thitima Suksangjan
Chaimongkol Wiriyasatjaporn
Chamamas Kaewbuadee
Apinporn Chaivanichsiri
Tuchawong Sirisawat
Selina Jones
Khongchai Kreesuradej
Kawirat Saimek

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