RITUALS. Opening Concert of the AFEKT International Modern Music Festival

October 27, 2017 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

1st concert in the MUSIC OF THE FUTURE series

Fausto Romitelli
Dead City Radio. Audiodrome 2003

Elis Vesik
Punctum concursūs in prospectu (premiere)

Gérard Grisey

Pierre Boulez
Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

The programme of the symphony concert RITUALS during the Afekt 2017 Festival will include the composition Rituel in memoriam Bruno Maderna by Pierre Boulez, as well as the spectral works by the classical composer Gerard Grisey and his student Fausto Romitelli, who is famous for his hypnotic style. The concert will also be a premiere of the new experimental composition by the recognised young Estonian composer, Elis Vesik.

The orchestra will be conducted by Baldur Brönnimann, the Swiss conductor, who is known for his flexibility and broad vision, as well as for focusing on contemporary music that offers fascinating and complex challenges. Brönnimann is the principal conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of the Porto Casa da Música and the Basel Sinfonietta.

Tickets: 22 € / 16 €

Concert is produced by ENSO and Afekt Festival

Presented by Nelja Energia

The “Music of the Future” concert series collaborates with three innovative cross-border music festivals: AFEKT International Modern Music Festival, Estonian Music Days and the ENSO end of season festival “Practical Spirituality”. The Swiss conductor Baldur Brönnimann mainly focuses on contemporary music that poses fascinating and complex challenges; Risto Joost is the multi-talented principal conductor of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and the Leipzig MDR Radio Choir, the artistic director of the Tallinn Philharmonic Society and the Birgitta Festival and conductor of the Estonian National Opera.

Two concerts in the “Music of the Future” series will be conducted by Kristjan Järvi. The first, “I Eat the Sun and Drink the Rain”, a composition by the German electronic musician Sven Helbig, will be performed by Voces Musicales and the composer himself. In December, Kristjan Järvi will conduct the performance of an extraordinary composition that combines economy with music. “Regular Crisis” is a film with a live soundtrack that has been called a cantata on the global economy. Appearing on a film screen set up in the Estonia Concert Hall, Steve Forbes, José Ángel Gurría, Manfred Bischoff and other key figures in global industry and finance share their thoughts on the current state and future vision of the economy. Tensions will be added and relieved by the music composed by Louis Andriessen, Bryce Dessner, Jonny Greenwood, Kristjan Järvi and others.

Friday 27 October 2017 – RITUALS: Opening concert of the AFEKT Festival, conductor BALDUR BRÖNNIMANN
Friday 1 December 2017 – REGULAR CRISIS, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
Friday 13 April 2018 – HOLY MAGMA: Estonian Music Days, conductor RISTO JOOST
Tuesday 22 May 2018 – I EAT THE SUN AND DRINK THE RAIN, Festival “Practical Spirituality”, Voces Musicales, conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI

Series tickets for the “Music of the Future” series: 55 € / 40 € (available until 25.10.2017)
Series tickets for the “Music of the Future” series are available upon buying a voucher with a code that can be used to obtain tickets to all four concerts in the series.