Impact Sessions Arne Deforce & Sigrid Tanghe

Arne Deforce — cello

Arne Deforce (b. Ostend, 1962) studied cello and chamber music at the conservatories of Ghent and Brussels, and has specialised in contemporary music. His musical culture focuses above all on the historical avant-garde of the twentieth century. His interest in contemporary and experimental music goes far beyond conventional academic performance, and includes live electronics, among others in duo with the composers and performers Richard Barrett and Karlheinz Essl and in collaboration with the Centre de Recherches et de Formation Musicales de Wallonie (Liège), while not neglecting experimental improvisations with multimedia and video applications. After appearing as a long-term member of the ensemble Champ d’Action, he now devotes his activities to solo repertoire and chamber music (works by Scelsi, Xenakis, Ferneyhough, Rihm, etc.), with a predilection for supposedly ‘unperformable’ pieces, which he plays at the major European festivals (Ars Musica, Agora Paris, Archipel Genève, Musica Strasbourg, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Wien Modern, and others).

From 2002 to 2004 Arne Deforce was ‘artist in residence’ at the Concertgebouw in Bruges. In 2005 he made his debut with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in Jonathan Harvey’s Cello Concerto. In October of the same year he premiered a new version of this work, specially conceived for him, with De Filharmonie at De Singel in Antwerp. At the 2005 Holland Festival he presented Helmut Lachenmann’s Notturno for cello and orchestra under the direction of Peter Eötvös. In 2006 he was invited to the Festival Agora in Paris to realise at the IRCAM a new automated version of Brian Ferneyhough’s Time and Motion Study II. For the 2006-07 season he prepared Morton Feldman’s Concerto.

His first CD, Advaya, made in collaboration with Jonathan Harvey in 2005, received unanimous acclaim. A new Scelsi CD for Aeon Trilogia: The three agers of man was presented at the Festival Archipel 2007 in Geneva. He is currently planning further recordings, including Morton Feldman’s complete works for cello and piano, and works by Iannis Xenakis, Wolfgang Rihm and Luciano Berio.

Arne Deforce teaches chamber music, contemporary music, and music history at the Bruges Conservatory. He is preparing PhD on ‘New Complexity’ for the Orpheus Institute of Ghent and Leyden University. Since November 2005 he has been artistic director of the Centre de Recherches et de Formation Musicales de Wallonie (CRFMW).

Sigrid Tanghe — projection
Thursday 09/12/2010 – 17h30 till 19h30
17h30 – 19h30: Impact Sessions – Lecture @ Recyclart (by Arne Deforce)
20h30 – 22h00: Impact Sessions – Concert @ Recyclart (by Arne Deforce + Sigrid Tanghe)

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