Celli Monighetti’s Metamorphoses

Louth Contemporary Music Society presents Metamorphoses

“Louth Contemporary Music Society is one of the most adventurous music promoters in Ireland.Michael Dervan, The Irish Times

Formed in 2006, Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS) has an impeccable record for excellence and innovation in contemporary music programming in Ireland. The company not only presents the leading international composers of our time, but fosters genuine engagement through new commissions and cleverly-curated collaborations with leading international and Irish performers. This is continued in Metamorphoses, LCMS’s second concert in the ‘Sounds of the Silk Road” series and will take place at 8pm on Saturday 22 October 2011 in St.Peter’s Church of Ireland Drogheda.

Metamorphoses will feature new specially commissioned work by Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, a highly talented and well regarded composer from Tashkent, Uzbekistan a country at the crossroads of the rich and oriental and Islamic traditions of Central Asia. The piece Viderunt Omnes is a piece for 8 celli and percussion based on Perotin’s Viderunt Omnes. LCMS organised the first performance and commission of Yanov-Yanovksy in Ireland in 2011.

The concert will also feature two of Sofia Gubaidulina’s works: On the Edge of the Abyss for 7 celli and 2 waterphones andMirage: The Dancing Sun. The term ‘abyss’, stands here for the zone between the fingerboard and the bridge of a string instrument. Ms Gubaidulina was born in Chistopol in the Tatar Republic in 1931, attended a performance of her music in Drogheda in 2010 organised by LCMS.

Composer Alexander Knaifel whose music featured in a LCMS portrait concert in Drogheda in 2009. In this concert his workThe Comforter written for nine cellos is a gorgeous work based on an orthodox liturgical prayer. Knaifel, originally a cellist (but had to give up the instrument due to a nerve inflammation) was born in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in 1943 and naturally turned to composition.

Also in the concert Franghiz Ali- Zadeh will perform her Music for Piano. Raymond Tuttle notes in a review “At the recording sessions, she “prepared” the piano by placing a beaded necklace she had been wearing across the piano strings. The result is straight piano music accompanied by a fantastic rattling highly reminiscent of another indigenous Azerbaijani instrument, the tar”.

Ivan Monighetti will join Franghiz for a performance of her work Habil sayaghi (Habil’s Style) for cello and piano a work dedicated to Ivan Monighetti. Habil sayaghi for cello and prepared piano (1979) was a breakthrough work for the composer as she incorporated elements of of the Azerbaijani virtuosic improvisatory style called mugham in the work.

The concert will end with a performance of Franghiz Ali-Zadeh’s Shyshtar Metamorphoses which was originally written for the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic.

As members of the Aga Khan Music Trust will attend the performance, there will be a free wine reception at the interval for all the audience.

Metamorphoses also features the first poster design by Reza Abedini, a world renowned Iranian designer and a professor of graphic design and visual culture at Tehran University. www.rezaabedini.com

Metamorphoses is presented by Louth Contemporary Music Society (LCMS). Funded by a private Swiss foundation, and financially supported by the Arts Council and Create Louth, the concert is dedicated to Sofia Gubaidulina who celebrates her 80th birthday on 24 October 2011.

Concert Programme:

Alexander Knaifel The Comforter for 9 celli

Perotin Viderunt Omnes arranged for 8 celli by Dmitri Yanov Yanovsky (WP)

Sofia Gubaidulina On the Edge of the Abyss for 7 celli and 2 waterphones

Sofia Gubaidulina Mirage The Dancing Sun for 8 celli


Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Music for piano

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Habil sayaghi (Habil’s Style)

Franghiz Ali-Zadeh Shyshtar Metamorphoses for 8 celli