Growth I – violin concerto

What would music taste, fell, smell or look like? How and to what degree is the music we create today nurtured from the humus of tradition?

Growth I - violin concerto is Mike Svoboda’s lastest composition, and the first to two pieces commissioned by the Concept Store Quartet. It is also the start of a new work series called Growth which both draws from audio recordings treated as "found objects" which are not heard, but perceived with out senses and and then manipulated as the subtitles to the three movements of the violin concerto imply:


  • 1. A dehydrated, pulverized, and then reconstituted (with lumps) 1903 recording of Joseph Joachim playing Brahms's Hungarian Dance No. 1
  • 2. Isaac Stern speaking in 1999 about the founding of the National Endowment of Arts seen through a thick layer of nostalgia's sweet molasses
  • 3. The Hupfeld Phonoliszt-Violina playing Chopin’s Nocturne Op. 9, No. 2 frozen, broken in shards, and randomly reassembled

The premiere performance by the Concept Store Quartet with Alicja Pilarczyk (violin), Pablo González Balaguer (saxophone), Nejc Grm (accordion), and Guillem Serrano (percussion) will take place on May 19th, 2021 in Gare du Nord, Basel. The composition was commissioned with funds from the Fachausschuss Musik BS/BL.

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