Electronic Music Foundation

Music by
Luigi Nono

La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura

Tuesday, February 28, 8pm

Judson Church
55 Washington Square South
New York City

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Series overview



Alvise Vidolin, artistic director and electronics performance
Thomas Beyer, technical director
Dan Neumann, audio engineer

La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura — Madrigal per più "caminantes" con Gidon Kremer / The distance nostalgic utopian future — Madrigal for other "walkers" with Gidon Kremer (1988)
    Walking violinist and eight places of sound
    Conrad Harris, violin
    Alvise Vidolin, electronic performance


Luigi Nono
The most important of Italian composers in the late 20th century, Luigi Nono is known as a successor to the spare pointalistic style of Webern's earlier music and for his use of space in later works, as in Prometeo. He is also known for the political strength of his music, as in the anti-facism of Il Canto Sospeso, based on letters by resistance workers during WWII, and the anti-capitalism of La Fabbrica Illuminata.

Conrad Harris
Violinist Conrad Harris has performed at Ostrava Days, Darmstadt Ferrienkürse für Neue Musik, Radio France, Warsaw Autumn, and New York's Sonic Boom Festival. Member of the FLUX Quartet, he is concertmaster and soloist with the S.E.M. Orchestra, Ostravská Banda, and STX Ensemble. He has recorded for Mode Records, Asphodel, Vandenburg, CRI, and Vinyl Retentive Records.

Alvise Vidolin
Audio director and researcher, Alvise Vidolin has worked with Luigi Nono, Luciano Berio, and many other composers on electronic realisations on their works at The Venice Biennale, IRCAM, and many other places. He is co-founder of CSC at the University of Padova, where he conducts research in computer-assisted composition, and he is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Luigi Nono Archive.


La lontananza nostalgica utopica futura — Madrigal per più "caminantes" con Gidon Kremer (The distance nostalgic utopian future — Madrigal for other "walkers" with Gidon Kremer), composed in 1988 for violinist Gidon Kremer, is among Nono’s last works and provides a beautiful example of his creative use of electronics and space in performance.

The composition contains a wide variety of sounds pre-recorded by Kremer, incuding music, speech, and other material, chosen by Nono and arranged in a polyphony of eight choruses, or tracks, each of which is played back through eight loudspeakers placed around the performance space.

Eight to ten music stands, placed asymmetrically and irregularly throughout the performance space, contain scores for solo violin. As the violinist improvisationally chooses a path to walk from stand to stand through the space, the electronics performer decides which recorded sounds to play.

Since the order and mix of the recorded sounds and the route followed by the violinist can vary from performance to performance, no two performances are alike. In general, however, a performance is approximately an hour in duration.