A concert devoted to the musical identities of women from many times and places is sparked by the paradox that the first named composer in the history of western music was Hildegard von Bingen, whose Vos flores rosarum is transformed into a wordless piece for strings. Woven into a tapestry made from the often neglected voices of women from South America is Gaia Tango by Marcelo Nisinman: a new work commissioned by O/Modernt that goes in search of universal roots. It is preceded by another O/Modernt commission: Summer Dreams by Arturs Maskats, which sets two verses by Emily Dickinson. Buenos Aires is a recurring leitmotif in this concert, notably in some ingenious arrangements of Astor Piazzolla’s ‘Four Seasons’, and a performance of the vocal centrepiece of his tango opera, María de Buenos Aires. Punctuating the emotional fireworks are the Judeo-Spanish tones of a Sephardic lullaby and the contemplative sinuosity of Dobrinka Tabakova’s Frozen River Flows.
There is the music of heaven in all things. ― Hildegard von Bingen
Mezzosoprano Luciana Mancini was born in Sweden, but has Chilean roots. She received her bachelor degree in Classical Singing and Early Music Performance Practice from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in Holland, where she subsequently joined the Opera Studio. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree, writing a thesis on Italian monodies of the 1600s.
Luciana has sung under conductors including René Jacobs, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, Enrico Onofri, Pablo Heras-Casado, Neeme Järvi and Juanjo Mena; she has also collaborated with numerous ensembles, notably L’Arpeggiata, La Fenice, Lautten Compagney, Divino Sospiro, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, Ensemble Matthäus, and the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, singing at venues including the Staatsoper Berlin, Theater an der Wien, Drottningholm Palace Theatre, Carnegie Hall, the Opera Comique and the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. Luciana has worked with stage directors such as Benjamin Lazar, Sigrid T’Hooft, Pablo Maritano, Achim Freyer, and with the choreographer Sasha Waltz.
Hugo has a rare ability to convey a profound understanding of the music and shed light on its spiritual intent.
— Arvo Pärt
It is very clear that Ticciati is one of tomorrow’s truly great musicians.
— Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin
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.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nisinman is an international composer and master performer of bandoneon. He currently resides in Basel, Switzerland.
Marcelo Nisinman, as renown bandoneon soloist, performed with Martha Argerich, Gidon Kremer, Gary Burton, Fernando Suarez Paz, Assad Brothers, the WDR Big Band, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Belgrad, the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit & the Luzerner Simfoniorchester among others. Composer in Residence in different Music Festivals as the Oxford Chamber Music Festival in 2008 and has been invited as Composer and Performer in the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival Finland, the Boswil Festival in Switzerland, the Stift Festival in Holland, the Obertöne Kammermusik Festival in Austria, Festival du Jura in Switzerland, the Zeitkunst Festival in Berlin and in Paris as in Sonoro Festival in Bucarest, Romania. Nisinman has also composed a number of Orchestral works that includes the Bandoneon as «Dark Blue Tango» (Ricordi Editions) premiered in its small chamber version by Orchestra Musiques des Lumieres and in its full orchestra version by Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional Argentina, both premieres conducted by Facundo Agudin.
Julian Arp studied at the Academy of Music ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin with Boris Pergamenschikow. He continued his studies with David Geringas and Eberhard Feltz. As a soloist and chamber musician Julian Arp appears regularly at festivals, including the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival, Beethovenfest Bonn, Beauvais, Montreux, SoNoRo Bucharest, Stellenbosch, Stift Festival, the Oxford Chamber Music Festival, and IMS Prussia Cove.
The Duo Arp/Frantz has released three CDs. In the words of Fono Forum: ‘They make music into pure celebration. It all sounds and sings.’ Contemporary composers, including Odeh-Tamimi, Koch, Nemtsov and Dinescu have written pieces for Julian Arp. He is a co-founder of the festival Zeitkunst which has been a guest at the Centre Pompidou, Radialsystem Berlin, Israel, England and Rio de Janeiro. Julian regularly gives master classes in Germany and abroad, and teaches at the University for Arts in Graz, Austria.
Leandro Mancini-Olivos is a Chilean drummer and percussionist. Born in Stockholm and based in London. He studied music theory from an early age at the conservatory along with piano and guitar, and percussion with Ricardo Ruiz in Santiago de Chile. In 2009 he settled in the UK where he continued his studies in drum performance at The London Centre of Contemporary Music. Since 2010 he has toured the UK extensively with several bands and artists.
Playing world-music, jazz, art-rock and pop, Leandro has performed at venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Hackney Empire, Brighton Dome, Hampton Court Palace, Glasgow Royal Festival Hall, and music festivals like Glastonbury and the EFG London Jazz Festival. Between 2013-2015 he has had the privilege to be part of a operatic baroque play for children called Next Stop: Blue produced and performed at the Luxembourg Philharmonie, Berlin Konzerthaus and the Vienna Konzerthaus.
The chamber orchestra O/Modernt leads the way.
— Berliner Morgenpost
Ticciati so clearly led his fellow strings to draw even more from them with an infinite variety of dynamics.
— The Arts Desk
Directed by violinist Hugo Ticciati, the O/Modernt Chamber Orchestra is an integral part of O/Modernt. Comprised of top young players from all over Europe, the orchestra performs eclectic and adventurous programmes, with anything from arrangements of medieval motets to Bach, Webern and Metallica. The orchestra regularly collaborates with world-renowned soloists such as Evelyn Glennie, Steven Isserlis, Anne Sofie von Otter and Nils Landgren, as well as jazz artists, rappers, choreographers, rock-balancers and more.
Although only a few years old, the orchestra has gained an international reputation, with performances at the Wigmore Hall, Konzerthaus Berlin, Wiener Musikverein and Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. The O/Modernt players enjoy a wide range of outreach and educational projects in Sweden, the UK and further afield in India.
Hildegard von Bingen Vos flores rosarum (arr. Johannes Marmén)
María Grever Alma mia
Arturs Maskats ‘Summer Dreams’ for violin, mezzosoprano and string orchestra (O/Modernt Commission 2021)
Peteris Vasks 'In Evening light' for solo violin and strings (O/Modernt Commission 2021)
Eladia Blázquez Sin Piel
Tarquinio Merula Ninna Nanna
Astor Piazzolla ‘Estaciones Portenas’ (arr. Leonid Desyatnikov): Verano Porteño, Invierno Porteño
Chabuca Granda María Landó
Marcelo Nisinman ‘Gaia’s Tango’ for violoncello, bandoneon and strings (O/Modernt Commission 2021)
Nani Nani (Sephardic Lullaby)
Antonio Tarragó Ros Maria Va
Astor Piazzolla Selections from ‘Maria de Buenos Aires’: Yo soy María, Tres marionetas
Krishna Nagaraja Swedish Marian Lullaby
Ulriksdal Palace Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden
Festival O/Modernt Estonia
Padise mõis vana, Estonia
Young Euro Classics Festival
Konzerthaus Berlin, Germany