Porträttkonsert: Leilei Tian
Arrangör: Studio 53
Leilei Tian: Illusion réelle (2003) for tenor Saxophone and electronics
From Amen to Amen (2006) for Trombone and Percussion
Roaring in the clouds (2007) for Trombone and Percussion
La Caverne des Idées (2010) for Saxophone Quartet
Jörgen Pettersson, saxofon
Ivo Nilsson, trombon,
Jonny Axelsson, slagverk,
Stockholms Saxofonkvartett:Per Hedlund, Jörgen Pettersson, Johannes Thorell och Leif Karlborg
Leilei Tian: was born in 1971 in China. She began to study piano at the age of six. From 1988 to 1995, she studied composition in Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing and got her Master's Degree.In1997, she w
ent to Sweden to study with Ole Lützow-Holm in the Conservatory of Music in Göteborg and got her postgraduate diploma in 2001. From 2002 to 2003 she has attended the one-year master class for electro-acoustic music in Ircam in Paris and studied with Philippe Leroux, Jonathan Harvey, Tristan Murail, Brian Ferneyhough and Philippe Manoury. Since then she has been living in Paris.
She receives commissions by various music institutions, festivals and ensembles. Her music has been widely performed and well received internationally. Performers include Zürich Concert Hall Orchestra, Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Gulbenkian Symphony Orcehstra of Lisbon, Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, Hongkong Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Intercontemporain of Paris, Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain of Lyon, Nieuw Ensemble of Amsterdam, Nouvelle Ensemble Moderne of Montreal, Ensemble Earplay of San Francisco etc during Festivals such as ISCM World Music Days , Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in UK, Festival Agora in Paris, La Biennale Venice, Gaudeamus Music week, Nordic Music Days etc.
She is the also winner of several prestigious international competitions such as Besançon Composition Competition for orchestra in France, Contemporary Music Contest "Citta' di Udine" in Italy, Gaudeamus Competition in Amsterdam, Composition Competition of GRAME in Lyon and ISCM Cash Young Composer’s Award of “World Music Days ” in Zürich.
From 2006-2008, she is the residence composer of CoMA Contemporary Music Center in Sweden. The CD of the works written for Axelsson & Nilsson Duo was released in September 2010. In December 2009, her saxophone concerto composed for French saxophonist Claude Delangle and Taipei Chinese Orchestra was recorded by BIS Records and was released in May, 2011.
Being awarded « Prix de Rome) » by the Academy of France recently, she will have her one-year residency (2012 -2013) at the Villa Médicis in Rome.
Illusion réelle (2003) for tenor saxophone and electronics “Life is a Dream, while there is no Dreamer”-Buddha. The sounds that were used in this piece are mainly from saxophone itself (including saxophones of different sizes and with different playing modes) together with recorded sound from the nature and animals... In the solo saxophone part, I have used voice to combine with the original instrumental sound to make a more complex sound texture presented by the forms of unison, multiphony or polyphony....
On the technique side, I have mainly worked with Max/Msp (both on the sound files and on live) and Audiosculpt for the transformation of the sounds(at the same time I try to keep the sounds themself as "nature" as possible.). Spatialization is also an important working point for this piece. The piece was composed at IRCAM studio in Paris.
From Amen to Amen (2006) for Trombone and Percussion, commissioned by Rikskonserter for Axelsson & Nilsson Duo. In this piece, I try to make two instruments that are very different in nature come to an ever-concordant relationship. They always follow each other’s steps, complement mutually and sometimes weave together. Nevertheless, the piece itself is made of dramatic changes and it manifests clear contrast between different parts.
Roaring in the clouds (2007) for Trombone and Percussion, commissioned by Rikskonserter for Axelsson & Nilsson Duo. This piece is inspired by a verse from Isaiah 30:30: “ The Lord will cause men to hear his majestic voice and will make them to see his arm coming down with raging anger and consuming fire with cloudburst, thunderstorm and hail”. In the Old Testament of Bible, the Lord God is often described as a mighty warrior, a God of wrath and vengeance, which incite negative feeling. But when we succeed to abandon the literal interpretation of the images and words, and to perceive creatively beyond its appearance of symbolism and its extreme expression, we may discover paradoxically another Reality of Justice and Truth that transcends ordinary understanding in a mystical context.
La Caverne des Idées (2010) for Saxophone Quartet, commissioned by CoMA for Stockholm Saxophone Quartet. The title of the piece means The Cave of Ideas. It is inspired by the Allegory of the Cave also known as Plato’s Cave, which was used by the Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic as an attempt to illustrate the nature of reality. The allegory is written as a fictional dialogue between Plato's teacher Socrates and Plato's brother Glaucon. In the dialogue, Socrates describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall by things passing in front of a fire behind them, and begin to ascribe forms to these shadows. According to Socrates, the shadows are as close as the prisoners get to viewing reality. He then explains how the philosopher is like a prisoner who is freed from the cave and comes to understand that the shadows on the wall do not make up reality at all, as he can perceive the true form of reality rather than the mere shadows seen by the prisoners. The Allegory is related to Plato's Theory of Forms, according to which the "Forms" (or "Ideas"), and not the material world of change known to us through sensation, possess the highest and most fundamental kind of reality.
The music is roughly divided into three parts. The main focus of the piece is to explore the potential of the saxophones within their various sound spectra and artistic expression both as an individual instrument and together as an ensemble.