Client Update


Event Date: 
6 October 2017
New York, NY


October 67, 2017

Friday – Saturday at 8:00pm

Pierre Boulez, Composer

Andrew Gerzso, IRCAM Computer Music Design

Ensemble intercontemporain

Samuel Favre, Gilles Durot, Percussion

Dimitri Vassilakis, Hidéki Nagano, Piano

Frédérique Cambreling, Harp

Luigi Gaggero, Cymbalum

Matthias Pintscher, Conductor

Gilbert Nouno, IRCAM Computer Music Production

Jérémie Henrot, IRCAM Computer Engineer

Pierre Audi, Mise-en-space

Urs Schönebaum, Lighting Designer


French composer and conductor Pierre Boulez helped blaze a radical new trail in classical music during the 20th century, composing audacious, innovative scores that challenged convention. His bold creativity is epitomized in Répons, a work constructed upon calls and responses between an acoustic ensemble and soloists whose sounds are digitally transformed and regenerated live. 

Rarely staged in concert halls given its need for an unconventional configuration, this spatial masterwork is realized at the Armory with the ensemble positioned in the center of the audience, who are surrounded by soloists and amplification producing waves of sound circling throughout the drill hall. The world-renowned Ensemble intercontemporain, under the baton of conductor Matthias Pintscher, performs this emblematic work twice in succession each evening, with the audience changing seats for each performance to gain a new sonic perspective. This remarkable presentation marks the first performance of one of Boulez’s major works in New York since his death in 2016.

Marian Kalter, AKG Images

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