Yuen Shan
Yuen Shan | © Volker Beushausen, Ruhrtriennale 2022

The human life cycle is completed in four ritual steps, from birth to farewell, that equate to emergence and decay in the world around us.

About the concert

Michael Ranta Yuen Shan

Michael Ranta’s composition Yuen Shan for percussion and eight-channel recorded sound is a musical universe that takes its inspiration from Taoism. The human life cycle is completed in four ritual steps, from birth to farewell, that equate to emergence and decay in the world around us. The listening experience is very dense – a nuanced continuum of natural sounds. This combines Michael Ranta’s commitment to East Asian instruments with the techniques of electro-acoustic music. The former assistant to andpupil of Harry Partch had visited Asia for the first time in 1970 with Karlheinz Stockhausen to perform at the Expo in Osaka. Ranta was so inspired by Asian cultures that he stayed on to work at the Electronic Studio in Tokyo. From there, he moved to Taiwan in 1972, where his activities included teaching at the Taiwan National Arts Academy. There, he would visit the Yuen Shan (»perfect mountain«) every day, where he would practise tai chi. More than 30 years elapsed between the initial idea for the work and its completion in Cologne in 2014.

This invitation to the prestigious Schlagquartett Köln marks the continuation of a fruitful collaboration between the composer and the ensemble, which presents itself and its extensive range of instruments in an unusual concert configuration, with its usual enthusiasm for experimentation.

Yuen Shan
Yuen Shan | © Volker Beushausen, Ruhrtriennale 2022
Yuen Shan
Yuen Shan | © Volker Beushausen, Ruhrtriennale 2022
Schlagquartett Köln
Schlagquartett Köln | © Volker Beushausen, Ruhrtriennale 2022
Michael Ranta
Michael Ranta | © Volker Beushausen, Ruhrtriennale 2022

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