(Recording Alan Kurdi for AEMC)
If you follow us on Social Media, you will be already aware of our news. Animo's performance of 'The Journey of Alan Kurdi' by Lukas Piel is included on the CD of a new publication of Academic papers written by:
- Alberto Nones (Conservatory of Music of Gallarate; Associazione Europea di Musica e Comunicazione (AEMC), Italy)
- Özgecan Karadağlı (University of Alberta)
- Francisco Castillo (FJdC District University – ASAB Bogotá)
- Hamish Robb (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand)
- Federica Marsico (Ca’ Foscari University of Venezia, Italy)
- Natalie Tsaldarakis (City, University of London)
- Amy Damron Kyle (Sorbonne University, France) and
- Lawrence Kramer (Fordham University)
Excerpt from the Book's preface:
Animo perform Lukas Piel: The Journey of Alan Kurdi
In 2019 we commissioned Lukas Piel, a German composer and sound designer, to write a piece for Animo with the brief to produce a score for live acoustic instruments against a pre-recorded electronic soundscape backdrop... Lukas’s idea for this work captured our imagination from the first draft and had a profound effect on us as performers. It is also shaping our “declassified” status even further. The Journey of Alan Kurdi received its online premiere during the third AEMC Conference in June 2020, and its live premiere at our “Jailbreak” concert in August 2020. The piece is based on 3-year-old Aylan Shenu’s (Alan Kurdi’s) tragic death from drowning when he and his family tried to escape war-torn Syria for a better life in another country... The pulsing percussion, ethnic virtual instruments interlaced with acoustic timbres, vocalisms against crushing drum punctuations, shimmering shakers, and distant high pitch sustained notes create a mesmerizing and powerful soundscape backdrop that supports the flute and piano’s storytelling. In Lukas’s words, “The running out of time is presented by the constant ticking of the clock and is a central element to the piece"...We are quickly immersed in his timbral landscape, and enter the story through a visceral connection to Lukas’s sound matrix...Small motifs become bigger sound gestures, and capsizing emotions envelop the simpler flute and piano dialog. Lukas’s composition is both epic and introspective, and encapsulates a much bigger human story in seven minutes and six seconds.
“Animo Declassified” is our essence: we embrace and amalgamate styles to stir emotion, ask universal questions, move boundaries. Music can speak for itself, without labels.
- Eurasia Quartet (1st prize AEMC competition)
- Duo Francés-Bernal
- Deborah Stokol
- Arquia Duo
- Trio Aperto
We are celebrating having our duo feature on a brand new publication and we are really proud to have been invited to perform. All our colleagues gave performances that were from the heart. We are so happy to have been a part of this and really glad to have made new friends across the world; after all that's what it's all about!
You can purchase the book and accompanying CD here: