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Illustration of some of the major compositions for saxophone from the large catalog of works by Claudio Gabriele. The soloist Matt Younglove will play during the conference.



Claudio Gabriele, composer, pianist, organist, conductor, was born in Rome, studied in Italy “S. Cecilia” Conservatory, France I.R.C.A.M., CRR Strasbourg, and the United States: New York University. He completed his training with today’s great composers: Ivan Fedele, Georges Aperghis, Brian Ferneyhough, Jacques Rebotier, Magnus Lindberg, Klaus Huber, Toshio Hosokawa, Jonathan Harvey. Claudio Gabriele teaches Composition and Computer Music at the State Conservatory of Benevento, Italy, where he is the Director of the Composition Department. He also collaborates as composer with: New York University, Vanderbilt University, Hartford University, Boston Conservatory, Longy School of Music, University of Montpellier and Strasbourg, Conservatories of Paris, Strasbourg, Nîmes, Aix-en.Prov.


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Claudio Gabriele’s music is a pulse of the soul, a connection between body and mind, urgency to achieve the Beautiful and the Good. His style is bound to tradition, but at the same time is renewed with the fusion of elements of theatre, dance, visual arts, technology, video, electroacoustic, interactions between architecture and sound sources. Claudio Gabriele’s artistic expression is always oriented towards communication and transmission of a pure message, alternating humorous situations to atmospheres of dreams and meditation, almost an evocation of parallel worlds, but always with a sense of deep reflection on today’s life. In recent years he has specialized in the literature for saxophone, writing dozens of compositions for famous soloists as Philippe Geiss, Frederick Hemke, Jean-Michel Goury, Jean-Pierre Caens, Dennis Shafer, Ken Radnofsky, often using instrumental extended techniques, including also electroacoustics. His music for saxophone is written in a variety of formations: solo, duo, trio, quartet, “concertante” for saxophone and orchestra, large ensembles of twelve or more saxophones. All these compositions are consistently published, recorded and performed throughout the world by renowned artists, such as Ogni Suono Saxophone Duo (Noa Even, Phil Pierick), Quatuor Apollinaire (Jean-Michel Goury), Frederick Hemke Sax Ensemble, Palma de Mallorca Sax Ensemble, Xasax Saxophone Quartet (JM Goury, M. Weiss, S. Bertocchi, PS Meugé), Amethyst Quartet, Echo Rogue Saxophone Quartet (Jeff Vickers), Anubis Quartet, Shafer Saxophone Quartet, H2 Saxophone Quartet. Claudio Gabriele’s works are usually performed in all last year’s NASA Conferences and World Sax Conferences (Thailand, Scotland). According to Dr. Frederick Hemke, “Claudio Gabriele is one of the greatest composers for saxophone”. For more details please visit the website: www.claudiogabriele.com
The program of the Lecture is as follow:
1) Illustration of some of the major compositions for saxophone from the large catalog of works by Claudio Gabriele.
2) Analysis of compositional structures (saxophone quartet, ensembles of 12 saxophones).
3) Record of collaborations with renowned soloists for the development of new instrumental techniques (JM Goury, Ken Radnofsky, Claude Delangle, Jeff Vickers, Dennis Shafer, Matt Younglove, Henrique Portovedo).
4) Comparison of Claudio Gabriele’s works with those of his colleagues: Christian Lauba, Robert Lemay, Philippe Geiss.
5) Listening of some audio excerpts from numerous CD published in recent years.
6) The soloist Matt Younglove will attend the lecture and will play live some musical examples extracted from the illustrated works (in particular “Manhattan” and “Brooklyn” for sax and electronics).


13/07/2015 16:30 - 17:00

Cité de la musique et de la danse - Salle 19

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  • Gabriele Claudio / piano, organ, harpsichord (Italy)





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