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Rachel Hippert (Soprano) & Julián De La Chica (Piano & Composer)

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20 June, 8:00 PM @DiMenna Center, New York, Irreverence Group Music proudly presents Soprano Rachel Hippert's New York premier of Julian De La Chica's work: Experimentelle und unbestimmte Lieder Op. 9. This will be the first performance in the USA after its world premier in Colombia in 2017 and after the album's release also in 2017. In the second part of the concert, Ms. Rachel Hippert and Mezzo Soprano Hannah Kramer will also premier De La Chica's latest ouevre Gowanus a duet based on original poems by Susan Campos-Fonseca.

Unique and rare production at the DiMenna Center, New York City’s only acoustically-optimized space dedicated to classical music.


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Soprano Rachel Hippert



7:30 pm - Doors open

8:00 pm - Concert

$25 & $40 in-advance; $30 & $45 at the door




"We live in a world where silence has been lost. We live in the constant search for social acceptance, and our universe revolves around social networks. "How can we talk about what is happening today in the world, if we do not know what is happening within us?" The song cycle Experimentelle und unbestimmte Lieder Op. 9 (Experiential and Indeterminate Songs, Op. 9) is a call to silence, to the exploration of our inner processes, and to the search for fullness." — Julián De La Chica


Concept


Soprano Rachel Hippert is charged with personifying the wanderer who, after going through her dark night, confronts herself with being aware of her process of evolution. The wanderer is faced with continuing her journey, while her past and future question her. The wanderer can get stuck, watching the glories of the past, or she can decide with authority to continue her way. "I want to save my past that once was the present. I want to save the memories of the future.”


Music


Composer Julián De La Chica has always showed a great interest in spiritual themes. Authors like Teresa de Ávila, Ignacio de Loyola, Juan de la Cruz, Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange, among others, have been a point of reference in the musical evolution of this minimalist composer. Mr. de la Chica affirms that without a conscious spiritual structure, daily life becomes a dark and iniquitous labyrinth. “It is important to work consistently on self-knowledge” - he advises. The composer makes reference to the importance of daily internal work and clarifies that it’s not a religious issue, but a way of survival: “ It doesn’t matter if you are Catholic, Muslim, Orthodox, Buddhist, or if you simply believe in nothing. The important thing is to do the work with serious observation and determination.





Program


Experimentelle und unbestimmte Lieder op. 9 (*)


- Präludium: (Aufruf) Gesegnete Dunkelheit
- Schweigen
- Unvollkommenheit
- Freiheit
- Bescheidenheit
- Dunkle Nacht
- Reinigung


Intermission


- Diskurs
- Bewusstsein
- Barmherzigkeit
- Erfüllung
- Epilog: Wir sind tot



Rachel Hippert (Soprano)
Julián de la Chica (Piano & Synth)


Gowanus, Poems by Susan Campos - Fonseca (**)


- No. 2
- No. 3
- No. 4
- No. 5
- No. 6
- No. 7
- No. 9


Rachel Hippert (Soprano)
Hanna (Mezzo Soprano)
Julián de la Chica (Piano & Synth)


(*) NY Premier
(**) World Premier



Program notes:


Rachel Hippert weaves an ontological experience with her voice. The soprano understands the underlying magma underneath the Gregorian tradition, mantra, and Lieder at the conceptual level. Her work is rigorous, contained and subtle.The dissonance between her voice and the sculptural piano and synthesizer can materialize flashes of something seen for only a moment.

How does Julián De La Chica materialize the question of “being” in sound? Through text and music as sound material: the choice of the German tongue as a philosophic language; in its sonority, the reference to the tradition of Lieder, a form where word and sound construct a system of meanings in search of the essential. Materializing it through sound, the works achieve this “concentration” of the essential, guided by the question of the “being.”


Susan Campos Fonseca, PhD

Musicologist and composer




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