Ondřej Adámek’s new composition for airmachine, a musical instrument designed and created by the composer himself, and 15 players received its world premiere on 10 March during the Biennale Musiques en Scène contemporary arts festival in Lyon. Adámek has been experimenting with the various modes of the instrument’s construction since 2009. Made up of a wind tunnel and multiple air outlets with various objects attached to their ends, the machine creates its sound by blowing the air in and out in a vacuum cleaner-like manner.
Conséquences particulièrement blanches ou noires, being Adámek’s second piece for this instrument already, is written for the newer of the two airmachine models he had constructed so far. Its solo version being finished, now, during the festival’s evening called “Jeux Concertants”, or “Concert games”, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain led by Daniel Kawka premiered its orchestral version with the ensemble’s percussionist Roméo Monteiro as a soloist. In a addition to the concert, the instruments were exhibited in one of the Lyon’s galleries as a part of the festival’s programme.
10 March 2016, Musée des Confluences, Lyon, France
Biennale Musiques en Scène
Ondřej Adámek: Conséquences particulièrement blanches ou noires – concerto (world premiere)
Airmachine: Roméo Monteiro, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain, conductor: Daniel Kawka