The final concert of this year's Podium Festival puts us in front of the question of mutual dependence and independence. This question is actually imposed on us by this year's resident composer Johannes Kretz from Austria. He is a distinguished specialist and professor of the prestigious Vienna University who will introduce us to his world of modern music with the composition In(ter)dependence which would have a double meaning in the translation as a combination of words; interdependence and depencence. Movements of composition Independence, Conflict, Destruction, Migration, Empathy, Dialog and Harmony talk about people's dependence on each other, and on the other hand, their desire for independence and independence, a constant argument from different worlds that can not be together, but they cannot be one withouth the other. With his composition for saxophone quartet, live electronics and visuals, quartet will show unmatched art in his creativity and contemporary form.
Circled with the colors of the saxophone quartet we will have the chance and experience the Croatian young author who lives and works in Vienna. Her song Wilde Rose at the same time celebrates and destroys the tradition and re-examines the classical beauty. The four different colors of saxophones serve as a perfect basis for describing introverted longing and absurd impulses and building a whole that contains many different character traits.
The standard of the world classic stages at the same time as one of the most famous works of Dvořák's creation is certainly the "American Quartet". He was composing in his most respectable period of time in America from 1892 to 1895. At that time, besides the American Quartet, he also wrote his most famous IX Symphony, and these works are often called the "Magnificent Works of the American Period."
From romanticism period we will be returned by our local composer Branko Okmaca, a professor at the Pula Academy of Music. His "Woodwind Trio“ is intertwined with elements of innovation and tradition. The original Istrian melosque composition will leave us in an ethnical atmosphere.
Review by Johannes Kretz
In[ter]dependence for saxophone quartet, electronics and video (2017, world premiere commissioned by Podium Festival Brijuni) is a multilingual multimedia sound and space composition. Each saxophone „speaks“ a different musical language: the soprano saxophone speaks western Avantgarde, the alto saxophone some kind of oriental style, the tenor saxophone jazz and the baritone saxophone a rhythmical pattern language. Through the work different modes and relationships between these four idioms occur: first they act in complete independence, after getting closer conflicts emerge leading to a state of complete destruction. After a phase of searching and migration aspects of empathy and dialogue develop leading to a moment of „harmony“, where we realise that the different musical languages and motives can perfectly fit together and complement each other. This modes of interaction are also reflected in the „choreography“ of the musicians and the visual aspects of the piece. Based on paintings by Mahdieh Bayat, which were photographed during different moments of their genesis, the live video projections interact both, with the space of the performance – artistically shaped with additional interventions into the given room situation by Mahdieh Bayat – and with the different behaviours and interactions of the musicians.