The world premiere of Daniele Ghisi’s abroad for soprano, ensemble and electronics, to be performed in Paris on 15th June 2011 at IRCAM’s Espace de Projection as part of the Agora festival by the l’Ensemble musikFabrik under the baton of Enno Poppe, Elizabeth Calleo, soprano, marks the beginning of the young composer’s collaboration with Casa Ricordi.
Born in 1984, Ghisi studied music at the Bergamo Conservatory, obtaining a diploma in composition in 2007. The year before he had graduated in mathematics at the University of Bicocca-Milano.
At present Ghisi is finishing his participation in the Cursus II at IRCAM in Paris. In 2009-2010 he held the position of composer in residence at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. He has been awarded a number of prizes in the various national and international competitions in which he has participated. Next September Ghisi will take up a one-year appointment as composer in residence at the Académie française in Madrid.
abroad is a collection of seven Lieder, on texts by Fernando Pessoa, chosen from the poems in English that the Portuguese poet wrote in his youth in South Africa. The work is divided into an acoustic component (made up of sonnets, in a perfect Shakespearean metre, with a “chamber music” character and substantially resistant to the presence of electronics) and an electroacoustic component (inscriptions, in free form, where for extended sequences the ensemble becomes secondary, or absent). The acoustic/electroacoustic counterpoint becomes an unconscious process of memory, a Proustian experience: the electronics is an elsewhere (from which comes the title, abroad), a non-place in which everything suddenly becomes possible.