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Seattle Modern Orchestra Featuring Séverine Ballon

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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Seattle Modern Orchestra is pleased to introduce to Seattle French cellist extraordinaire Séverine Ballon performing solo cello works and alongside of SMO by quintessential composers of our century such as Helmut Lachenmann, James Dillon, Liza Lim, Sofia Gubaidulina and Iannis Xenakis. Join us to discover the cello’s new identity in the 21st century performed by one of the most innovative performers!

Séverine Ballon Photo: Roselyne Titaud 2009

PROGRAM
Helmut Lachenmann – Pression for cello solo (1969) (10”)
James Dillon – Parjanya-Vata for cello solo (1980) (12”)
Liza Lim – Invisibility for cello solo (2009) (10”)
Sofia Gubaidulina – Detto II for cello and ensemble (1972) (15”)
Iannis Xenakis – Epicycles for cello and ensemble (1989)

Led by Co-Artistic Directors Julia Tai and Jeremy Jolley, the Seattle Modern Orchestra is dedicated to presenting musical masterpieces of the 20th and 21st centuries in both traditional and innovative, unconventional venues. The Orchestra's mission is to provide Seattle audiences with live performances of the best in contemporary chamber and orchestral music that’s been seldom, if ever, performed in Seattle until now. The Seattle Modern Orchestra is also committed to developing radio talks, lectures, and other forms of outreach in an accessible and inviting format, all designed to expand the listener's appreciation and awareness of the music of today.

Séverine Ballon studied cello at the Hochschulen für Musik in Berlin and Lübeck with Joseph Schwab and Troels Svane. She also studied contemporary cello technique with Siegfried Palm, Lukas Fels and Rohan de Saram. She was a participant in the International Ensemble Modern Academy (2004-2005) and was a solo cellist in the Toulouse Chamber Orchestra (2006-2007) before deciding to specialize in contemporary music performance. Ms. Ballon is a member of the ensembles ELISION (Australia), Ensemble Sillages and multilatérale (Paris) and works regularly with such ensembles as Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik (Cologne), Ictus, Ensemble Inytercontemporain… In 2008-2009, she was at Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart) for a six-month residency. She attaches particular importance to working directly with composers (Helmut Lachenmann, Liza Lim, James Dillon, Jonathan Harvey…) and has premiered several solo works (Liza Lim, Erik Ulman, Stefano Bulfon, Alex Sigman). She recently collaborated with composer David Coll on his multimedia work 68 at IRCAM, and on an installation project with photographer Evi Keller. She regularly performs in a duo with electronic artist Sébastien Roux. Séverine Ballon was the prize-winner of the 2004 international contemporary music performance competition Gioia del Colle (Italy) and of the Marie-Luise Imbusch Foundation.

http://www.seattlemodernorchestra.org/
http://www.severineballon.com/

Location

PONCHO Hall, 710 East Roy Street, Seattle, WA

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