21 Sep 2011


Alter Ego
Anna Mayilyan

Alter Ego
Francesco Dillon (cello)
Oscar Pizzo (piano)
Maunuel Zurria (flutes)

Anna Mayilyan (voice)

In September, DIFFERENZE-RIPETIZIONI (DIFFERENCES-REPETITION) will feature the work of Austrian composer Bernhard Lang, one of the most exciting on the international scene and a composer with a very personal language. Lang's meeting with the art of Turntablism (that peculiar technique born in the DJ scene consists of playing turntables as if they were musical instruments) has inspired a truly innovative cycle of pieces for various combinations, entitled Differenz-Widerholung (and numbered or subtitled) in which the incessant repetition of subtly varied rhythmic and melodic cells creates a world of never-before-heard and hypnotic sound, sometimes close to electronic music, at other times close to the freest jazz. To provide counterpoint to the performance of the trio DW 2, ALTER EGO, the historic Italian ensemble which has been part of numerous and varied collaborations, has chosen antithetic pieces by Basinski and Jaconb TV. In the Night Concert the great Armenian singer Anna Mayilyan will take the stage. She will present ancient song s and new music from Armenia (p.e. works by Alan Hovaness and Tigran Mansurjan).


Bernhard Lang
Differenz - Wiederholung I, for piano, cello and flute

William Basinski
Variation #6: A Movement in Chrome Primitive, for flute and tape

Jacob TV
Corrotto, for flute, cello and piano

Night Concert

Anna Mayilyan
music by Komitas Vardapet, Tigran Mansuryan, Alan Hovhaness

Since its foundation in 1991, the ensemble Alter Ego has performed in the most prestigious venues and festivals of contemporary music across the world. But the main feature of Alter Ego is its continuous collaboration with artists belonging to different artistic experiences: electronic musicians (Deathprod, Philip Jeck, Matmos, Pan Sonic, Robin Rimbaud aka Scanner), pop singers (John De Leo, Frankie HI-NRG), visual artists (D-Fuse, Andrew Hooker, Michelangelo Pistoletto), actors (Vladimir Luxuria), performers (Irvine Arditti, David Moss, Neue Vocalsolisten). Alter Ego works in close collaboration with composers such as Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Alvin Curran (worldwide premiere for Alter Ego and Frankie HI-NRG), Philip Glass (European premiere at Settembre Musica Festival 2002 in Turin of 600 Lines, an inedited opera of the 1968 that Glass gave Alter Ego with an European exclusive), Jonathan Harvey, Toshio Hosokawa, Giya Kancheli, Bernhard Lang, David Lang (in residence at the 36th Nuova Consonanza Festival), Alvin Lucier, Terry Riley (worldwide premiere of The slaving wheel of meat conception, commissioned by Romaeuropa Festival and Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, with the participation of Matmos and Riley himself playing the piano), Frederic Rzewski (worldwide premiere of Main Drag for RAI Radio 3), Kaija Saariaho, Laszlo Sáry, Salvatore Sciarrino, Jōji Yuasa. The CD Music in the Shape of a Square by Philip Glass won the prestigious Editor’s Choice of the English magazine Gramophone.

The soprano Anna Mayilyan was born in Armenia. From 1988-1992 she studied at the Romanos Melikyan Music College at the vocal department with Prof. Tamara Hambardzumyan. From 1992-1996 she studied at the State Conservatory, vocal department and got post-graduate vocal education from Prof. Anna Sarajyan. In 1997 she got her vocal-specialization at the European Mozart Academy in Poland (Prof. Kerstin Mayer, Eva Blahova, Alexander Satz, Aurelie Nicolet, and Imre Rohmann). In 2000 she founded the Saghmos cultural center. Mayilyan is Professor at the Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, soloist in the St. Katoghike Church of Kotayk diocese and the artistic director of Music Masters of Armenia, a traditional and sacred music ensemble. Since 1989 she is been having numerous concerts and participating in festival performances in Armenia and abroad. Mayilyan has many CD and DVD recordings.

With the kind support of