Composer / Pianist
New Focus Recordings 2019, New York
Violinist David Bowlin has assembled a collection of new works for solo violin and with electronics that carry the virtuoso tradition forward, exploiting the instrument’s rich history while contextualizing it within a broad palette of contemporary aesthetics, some grounded in compositional craft and some responsive to other music cultures.
Bowlin has had a long standing collaborative relationship with Russian/Bulgarian composer Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, facilitated by his longtime tenure in the International Contemporary Ensemble. On Kastena, he is joined by ICE cellist Katinka Kleijn. Opening with a plaintive cadenza for the violin over a sustained cello drone, Kastena explodes into a vigorous dialogue between the two instruments. The piece returns to the opening drone texture and ends with a haunting sotto voce soliloquy in the violin. Mari Mamo for violin, flute, and percussion (Bowlin is joined by flutist Conor Nelson and percussionist Ayano Kataoka) is inspired by Bulgarian folk music. A main melody is passed between the three instruments, with short punctuations that propel the music forward. The composer joins the performance at the end of the work, with an affecting improvised vocal performance in the Bulgarian tradition. (D. Lippel)
Works of Mario Davidovsky, Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin, Martin Bresnick, George Walker, Du Yun
In dem Diptychon Par ici! und Par là! beschreitet Johannes Maria Staud eine für ihn neue Welt des musikalischen Ausdrucks durch spannend harmonische Färbungen. Ausdrucksstark und energiegeladen auch die beiden Komponistinnen dieses Konzert-Highlights bei den 2020: Agata Zubel mit dem feinsinnig expressiven Ensemblewerk Not I und Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin mit einem Neuen Werk für das Ensemble PHACE.
Stiftung Mozarteum|1. Dezember 2018, 19.30 | Großer Saal Mozarteum, Salzburg
"Polynj" for violin & violoncello
"DIALOGE", ensemble oenm Salzburg
Peter Sigl (vc), Per Rundberg (pno)
Festival "SOUND WAYS" | 22. November 2018 | St. Petersburg
World premiere of "l ö r r" for ensemble (2018)
commissioned by the festival "Sound ways"
World premiere of "Polynj" for violoncello and piano, comissioned
by Aspekte Festival 2018 Salzburg and performed by oenm
Peter Sigl (vc), Nora Skuta (pno)
Alexandra Karastoyanova-Hermentin receives for her work "ELIMO" the Austrian State Prize "Outstanding Artist Award - Musik 2013" of the Austrian Federal Chancellery, as a reward of her excellent compositions work, given to one musician nationwide and awarded through the Federal Minister Dr. Claudia Schmid.