Vierhalbiert is an unusual experiment in which four musicians probe the extremes of sound, culture, and chronology. In their programmes, Early Music meets Contemporary Music: historical and modern instruments are mixed and two sound worlds interact and confront each other. Sometimes they blend; other times, their differences are highlighted. A modern style of basso continuo accompanies baroque music by Biber and juxtaposing Xenakis and Dall’ Abacco allows to jump back and forth over a gap of 300 years.
The duos perform not only on instruments of different eras, but at two different pitches simultaneously! Boundaries between different styles and aesthetics are eviscerated. The audience is invited to celebrate with the musicians the inherent timelessness of music.
Vierhalbiert was chosen to be part of the The New Austrian Sound of Music programme 2018/19. An initiative from the Foreign Ministry of Austria to support and encourage musicians and groups to perform abroad. Future projects include world premiers of two fantastic young Austrian based composers Matthias Kranebitter and Lorenzo Troiani written specifically for the two Duos. Both pieces were premiered in Innsbruck in 2018.
In June 2021 we will perform the piece "Diachronic Sound Sculptures" by the Austrian composer Hannes Dufek as a world premiere at the Osterfestival Tirol in the fantastic venue Salzlager Hall.
Another project combining pieces by Simon Steen-Andersen and a selection of HIF Biber's Rosary Sonatas is in the making.
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