The year 2021 marks thirty years since the death of Miles Davis, fifty since the death of Igor Stravinsky, and five hundred since that of the Renaissance maestro Josquin des Prez.
This trio of pre-eminent composers, celebrated for their revolutionary energy, takes centre stage in a concert that forges electrifying musical connections transcending time, space and genre. From his early work with Charlie Parker, via his 1950s quintets with John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock, to his experiments with jazz-rock and fusion, Miles Davis, aka the Prince of Darkness, repeatedly went back to the roots of his art in order to redefine it.
Where American jazz was born of a profound sense of protest and loss, Stravinsky sought to renew the moribund art music of the nineteenth century by turning to the primitivism that inspired the wild syncopations of his explosive Rite of Spring. Similarly, unlike other composers, who bent themselves into conformity with established musical practice, Josquin was considered: ‘the master of the notes, which must do as he wills.’
As with the innovations of Davis and Stravinsky, the progressive and inventive force of Josquin’s work was transformative. All three of these inimitable artists have the power not only to change the way we hear the music of their time, but to change the way we hear music itself.
Death is never an end, but a To Be Continued… — Renée Chae
To listen is an effort, and just to hear is no merit. A duck hears also. ― Igor Stravinsky
As violinist, leader and conductor, Hugo Ticciati imbibes all possible forms of creativity, whether it be performing world premieres in the most prestigious venues around the world, improvising with monks in India, or devising innovative programmes for O/Modernt Orchestra and Festival which he founded in 2011. Alongside his passion to discover and learn from the music of previous epochs and non-western traditions, Hugo embraces the world of contemporary music. To date, over forty works have been written for and dedicated to him by a host of eminent composers, including Erkki-Sven Tüür, Pēteris Vasks, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Albert Schnelzer and Dobrinka Tabakova.
As the Artistic Director of his own O/Modernt Orchestra, and Artistic Partner with Manchester Camerata, Hugo collaborates regularly with Kremerata Baltica, Basel Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and Orchestra da Camera di Perugia. Most recently, he has been invited to work with Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra and Vienna Chamber Orchestra.
Gaining a growing reputation for his innovative and adventurous programming, Hugo is frequently asked to devise and present concerts and festivals with a unique twist. This has led to ongoing collaborations with Wigmore Hall and Kings Place in London. Pursuing his passion for chamber music, Hugo has developed special artistic partnerships with members of the O/Modernt Soloists as well as other internationally renowned artists, notably Evelyn Glennie, Anne Sofie von Otter, Nils Landgren, Steven Isserlis, Angela Hewitt and Olli Mustonen.
Hugo frequently gives master-classes and lectures on music-related subjects both at Scandinavia’s leading specialist music school Lilla Akademien, where he holds the post of Deputy Artistic Director, and other educational institutions around the world.
Josquin des Prez
Ave Maria ... virgo serena
Concerto in D (‘Basle’)
Three Pieces for String Quartet
L’histoire du soldat
Le sacre du printemps
L’Oiseaux de feu
Miles Runs the Voodoo Down