In 2015 Eva Reiter wrote The Lichtenberg Figures for Ictus. A large-scale work for soprano, ensemble and electronics, it was described as a cross between Fausto Romitelli and Laurie Anderson. She’s made this larger work into a compact version, with fewer baroque details, more musical intensity, and with the composer herself singing and playing the recorder. It’s a powerful contemporary statement, with splash of grating noise and generous dash of psychedelic rock – in other words, a perfect job for Ictus and in keeping with our tradition: an exhilarating closing concert.
Eva Reiter: The Lichtenberg Figures (2015/2020)
Eva Reiter, core member of ICTUS ensemble since 2015, studied at the Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna and the Sweelinck Conservatorium Amsterdam. By now, her work has been performed at international festivals and on important stages such as Ars Musica, Wien Modern and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse. She’s also been awarded several prizes for various recent compositions.
Since its very beginnings, Ictus has focused on its statute of ‘electric ensemble’. Amplification, (live-)electronics and electric instruments are part of the everyday practice, as are interdisciplinary collaborations. Both of these specializations will come in handy during this concert.