Gebläsehalle / Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord
Gebläsehalle / Landschaftspark Duisburg-Nord | © Thomas Berns

Now, electric guitar has also assumed an irreplaceable role in new music. Its powerfully associative sound confronts composers with new options and challenges

About the concert

Chaya Czernowin Knights of the strange (2015)
Duo-Version für E-Gitarre und Akkordeon
Raphaël Cendo Coffin Bubbles Blue (2021)
für E-Gitarre, Ensemble und Elektronik
Pierluigi Billone Sgorgo Y (2012)
für E-Gitarre

In blues, rock and jazz, the electric guitar is more than just an instrument. It is an icon. Its sound conjures up feelings of freedom, youth and invincibility. Now, it has also assumed an irreplaceable role in new music. Its powerfully associative sound confronts composers with new options and challenges – not least when it comes to uniting the acoustic and electronic spheres. How fundamentally different, joyful and imaginative this confrontation can be, is demonstrated by the Israeli electric-guitar virtuoso Yaron Deutsch, playing three works that have been composed for him in the last ten years. In Chaya Czernowin’s Knights of the strange, the instrument embarks on a slow and dreamily tentative union with the accordion. Raphaël Cendo even spans the net of hybrid sound across several epochs and cultures: His concerto Coffin Bubbles Blue explores extravagant amalgams between the electric guitar and instruments such as the Baroque theorbo, the cimbalom, the Chinese mouth organ Sheng and the electric organ. Meanwhile, in Sgorgo Y, the Italian Pierluigi Billone focuses almost obsessively on a mechanical detail of the electric guitar, places it under microscopic inspection and follows its fascination in a Zen-like ritual. And to do this, all he requires is the guitarist’s left hand.

Dates and tickets

These events might also interest you