Gesang an das noch namenlose Land
Katharina Rosenberger, Abdolreza Aminlari, and the Mivos Quartet
26 MARCH, 2014, 6-9 PM
Performances at 6:45 and 7:45
Longhouse Projects is pleased to present a special performance by Katharina Rosenberger and Abdolreza Aminlari. The composition Gesang an das noch namenlose Land for violin, viola, and violoncello, will be performed by members of the Mivos Quartet. Originally commissioned by Gare du Nord in Basel, this will mark its premiere in New York City.
Gesang an das noch namenlose Land takes influence from the 1503 publication of Mundus-Novus, the letter written by Amerigo Vespucci to Lorenzo Pierfrancesco de Medici describing the “unknown” coastal regions of South America, and from the first cartographies of the region drawn by Martin Waldseemüller, which he based in part on Vespucci’s letters. The score and the installation interprets the significance of Vespucci’s travels and the subsequent encounters with unknown culture and terrain. The musical composition features an open-score, allowing the musicians to autonomously select the course of their performance. The subsections, closely structured around Aminlari’s three part installation of tapestries, pays tribute to Pablo Neruda's Canto Generaland the pre-Columbian flute melodies of the Warao people of northeastern Venezuela.