Non-Event, swissnex Boston, and the Goethe-Institut Boston present
TOMAS KORBER + KONUS QUARTETT
with LAURA CETILIA
Tomas Korber, Musik für ein Feld
Tomas Korber + Laura Cetilia (duo)
Jürg Frey, Mémoire, Horizon
The KONUS QUARTETT (four saxophones) is a Swiss chamber ensemble devoted to the performance of original contemporary compositions, which are often contrasted with older works performed in arrangement for saxophone. With their adventurous programming, the quartet has established itself as an important voice for contemporary and experimental music.
The quartet has commissioned original works by numerous contemporary composers, such as Barry Guy, Urs Peter Schneider, Tomas Korber, Phill Niblock, Makiko Nishikaze, and Jürg Frey.
Born in 1979 in Zurich, Swiss-Spanish composer/improviser TOMAS KORBER has been active since the early 90’s. He has performed solo as well as in collaboration with such musicians as Günter Müller, Norbert Möslang, Otomo Yoshihide, Lê Quan Ninh, Toshimaru Nakamura, Stephan Wittwer, Jason Kahn, Thomas Ankersmit, Sachiko M, Christian Weber, Keith Rowe, Christian Wolfarth, Kazuya Ishigami, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Lionel Marchetti, Charlotte Hug, Adam Sonderberg, Mattin, and Taku Unami.
In 2009 Tomas was awarded a biannual artist residency in New York City by the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Zurich. Korber has studied psychology and computer science at the University of Zurich and holds a Master of Science degree.
Born and raised on the east side of Los Angeles, LAURA CETILIA leads the life of a chamber and orchestral musician, concert presenter, electronic musician, and music educator. Classically trained, Laura graduated with distinction from the School of Music at Indiana University and received her Master’s degree in cello performance from Wichita State University where she was awarded a position with the Graduate String Quartet. In Spring 2011, she worked with composer David Behrman during a residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts where she also collaborated with video artist Naho Taruishi on the audiovisual piece Corner Projection No. 6. As a soloist, she is comfortable working with and without electronics, most recently at the PHI Centre in Montreal as part of a series of performances organized in conjunction with the Ryoji Ikeda exhibition. In addition to her solo work, she is a member of the electroacoustic ensemble Mem1 with partner Mark Cetilia, and performs avant-garde chamber music with violist Robin Streb in their duo Suna No Onna. Suna No Onna has premiered works by composers André Cormier, Jürg Frey and Antoine Beuger in performances throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.
It is also presented with the generous support of swissnex Boston, the Goethe-Institut Boston, and Pro Helvetia.