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28 September 2021 Comments Off on Contemporary Insights Ensemble James Erber Portrait Concerts Views: 109 CE News

Contemporary Insights Ensemble James Erber Portrait Concerts

Leipzig-based ensemble celebrate James Erber’s 70th birthday year with concerts in Leipzig and Chemnitz.

The programme includes Desire Lines (a world premiere of new version for standard alto flute) and A Greater Revelation as well as two brand new pieces – Cribratio for 10-string guitar and vo piangendo tra voi for tenor saxophone and 10-string guitar).

James Erber and Contemporary Insights Director Zachary Seely met in 2019 at a Berlin concert in which innovative pianist Pavlos Antoniadis performed Eber’s Memoriae Sacrum. Seely then put forward the idea of a concert of Erber’s music for 2021. Erber tells us ‘I am really pleased that it is being given twice and that two solo pieces and two duos are being performed: three of the pieces will be world premieres!

The Contemporary Insights initiative began in 2014 as a concert series for contemporary music in New York City. Now based in Leipzig, Germany it has expanded into the Contemporary Insights Ensemble and focuses on featuring composers/performers of exceptional musicality, aiming to contextualize some of the most intricate and demanding contemporary music being written today. 

James Erber Porträtkonzert

Tuesday 19 October, 7pm
Kraftwerk, Chemnitz

Wednesday 20 October 7.30pm
Kulturnhalle, Leipzig

A Greater Revelation

for flute and clarinet

A 2015 work in which a series of layers are gradually, almost but not quite revealing an original musical idea first composed in 2002 in response to Rilke’s poem “Orpheus. Euridike. Hermes”.



for 10-string guitar

A mediaeval Latin word meaning sifting or sieving, Cribratio refers the way Erber generates the rhythmic and pitch material for this work


Desire Lines

for solo alto flute

The title for ‘Desire Lines’ refers both to the work’s structure, and to the linearity of the instrumental writing. “I also like to think that it conjures up the atmosphere of dreamy, slightly edgy sensuality, so typical of the alto flute, which infuses much of the work”.


vo piangendo io tra voi

for tenor saxophone and 10-string guitar

Composed in response to Luigi Tansillo’s 16th Century poem “Strani rupi, aspri monti, alte tremanti” written in the aftermath of the 1538 volcanic eruption of the Campi Flegrei


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