• Kogoj’s Days 2016

    October 9, 2016 at 3 p.m.
    Chiesa di San Giorgio, Lusevera (Italy)

    Slowind Wind Quintet
    Lojze Lebič (b. 1934): Dogodki II/Events II (2002) for wind quintet
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791): Adagio and Allegro in F minor, K. 594 for wind quintet
    Uroš Krek (1922–2008): Episodi concertanti (1971) for wind quintet
    Pavle Merkù (1927–2014): Trio di canzoni (1979) for flute, clarinet and bassoon
    Nina Šenk (roj. 1982): Trenutki/Moments (2003) for wind quintet
    Paul Hindemith (1895–1963): Kleine Kammermusik, Op. 24, No. 2 for wind quintet

  • Festival Maribor – The Heavenly Life

    Friday, 9 September 2016
    Union Hall at 7.30 pm, Maribor (Slovenia)

    Slowind Wind Quintet
    Dissonance String Quartet

    Tomaž Sevšek, harmonium
    Mikayel Balyan, piano


    Slowind Wind Qunitet
    Dissonance String Quartet
    Festival Maribor Chamber Ensemble
    Janez Podlesek, violin
    Matjaž Porovne, violin
    Oliver Dizdarević Škrabar, viola
    Klemen Hvala, cello
    Petar Brčarević, double bass
    Matej Šarc, oboe
    Aleš Kacjan, flute
    Jurij Jenko, clarinet
    Barbara Kresnik, percussion
    Matevž Bajde, percussion
    Tomaž Sevšek, harmonium
    Mikayel Balyan, piano

    Nika Gorič, soprano

     conductor Nicolas Altstaedt

    Alexander Zemlinsky: Humoresque for woodwind quintet
    Gustav Mahler: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (arr. for woodwind quintet)
    Sigfrid Karg-Elert: »In memoriam« from Poesien Op. 35 for harmonium and piano
    Johann Strauss Jr.: Lagunen-Walzer, Op. 411 (arr. Arnold Schönberg for string quartet, piano and harmonium)
    Gustav Mahler (arr. Erwin Stein): Symphony No. 4 in G major

    At the center of this year’s Festival Maribor is a truly special concert with the Festival Maribor Chamber Ensemble, a group comprised of musicians from a number of leading Slovenian orchestras and chamber groups such as the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dissonance String Quartet and the Slowind woodwind quintet, as well as soloists. They are joined by the young but increasingly internationally sought after Maribor soprano Nika Gorič.

    The musicians come together on this occasion primarily to show us how Gustav Mahler, through the eyes of a child, looked upon the heavenly life and all its joy. He expresses this in his Symphony No. 4, while also introducing us to the his idealistic worldview in which the highest values are represented by the purity of the (child’s) heart and love for one’s fellow man and woman — as well as love for all the creatures of the world (Mahler was also vegetarian, after all). We will hear the symphony in the arrangement for chamber ensemble by Erwin Stein that was created for the exclusive circle of Arnold Schönberg’s Verein für musikalische Privataufführungen (Society for Private Musical Performances). The aim of the society was to present contemporary works as transparently as possible to a private interested audience and to this end a number of interesting arrangements were made of symphonic pieces that revealed surprising hidden layers within. One of the most successful of these is surely Stein’s arrangement of Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, which we will hear on the Festival Maribor in a carefully prepared and historically appropriate performance by our chamber ensemble.

    In addition to this, we will also hear the musicians in various other chamber formations, including the woodwind quintet Slowind as well as the duo of specialists for historical performance practice on keyboard instruments, our very own Tomaž Sevšek and the Armenian pianist Mikayel Balyan.



  • Slowind, Wind Quintet

    The wind quintet Slowind was established 22 years ago, and has become the most active new music ensemble in Slovenia. As well as performing practically all of the works of the standard wind quintet repertoire, the members of Slowind have developed a reputation as uncompromising performers of contemporary music, from the classics of the avant-garde to works by the youngest composers, many of whom are not yet established but are very promising composers of our time. By commissioning new works, Slowind constantly encourages young Slovenian composers and is glad to respond to invitations to perform new compositions on many European stages.

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Slowind in Ivan Fedele v Benetkah

  • 18th Festival Slowind 2016

    Artistic direction: Ivan Fedele, Italy

    Ljubljana, October 22–29, 2016


    Without music, life would be a mistake”, wrote the great German philosopher Friedrik Nietzsche; I would add: “Without the endless renewal of music, life would be boring.” No other art form is as highflying, as stormy, as intangible, as sensitive, as suggestive as music, and I consider it to be my great good fortune that I have spent my whole life involved in this wonderful world, which embraces thoughts, emotions, science and knowledge, and which promises an eternity of creativity for ever new generations to come.

    The Slowind Festival 2016 will be a showcase of many of my compositions created in the last twenty years. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to present to the audience how, during this period, I have developed my creative and stylistic approach, how I have always given priority to the social dimension of music, and how much attention I have devoted to the dynamic of perception.

    We are people who write music for other people.” This maxim has accompanied me throughout my research of art and poetics, and has always directed my imagination towards the most innovative and radical scores. It is one of the principles that I attempt to convey to my young students at the Academy of St Cecilia in Rome, two of whom – Andrea Manzoli and Pasquale Corrado – will join us at the festival with their fresh and promising compositions. To these two young composers, as well as to my other excellent students, I impart a belief in the ‘new humanism’, of which music today is not only a witness but undoubtedly also a driving force.

    The opportunity to join with Slovenian composers at each concert is highly valued, as it gives me a chance to become familiar with and experience these composers more deeply. I am therefore very honoured that my monographic presentation will be accompanied by Luka Juhart, Nina Šenk, Lojze Lebič and Neville Hall. I am certain that this will be a source of new connection, cooperation and friendship. We do not get very far alone. Only together and in solidarity can we each asses our own personal identity, through comparison with the identity of others and through a process of social and cultural growth.

    The concert programmes of the Slowind Festival 2016 are very diverse, and I am certain that they are imbued with a charm that will draw you to this week of new music: orchestral, chamber and solo evenings, with and without electronics. There are so many ways in which we are bending the word “music”, and this in a century that is fundamentally changing its creative orientations and the habits of listeners.

    I wish you all good music!

    Ivan Fedele

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    1st concert
    Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 8.00 p.m.

    Ljubljana, Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall – 18th Festival Slowind 2016

    Two Moons Two

    Mariagrazia Bellocchio, Aldo Orvieto – piano
    Dario Savron, Simone Beneventi – percussion
    Alvise Vidolin – live electronics, Luca Richelli – assistant

    Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Two Moons Two (2016) for two pianos and live-electronics (World premiere)
    Ivan Fedele: Wood-skin tracks (2016) for two pianos and live-electronics (World premiere)
    Ivan Fedele: Pulse and light (2014)for two pianos and live-electronics
    Ivan Fedele: Phasing (2012) for two pianos and two percussionists


    2nd concert
    Sunday, Ocotober 23, 2016 at 8.00 p.m.

    Ljubljana, Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall – 18th Festival Slowind 2016

    The Passangers of the Night

    Francesco D’Orazio – violin
    Francesco Abbrescia – live-electronics

    Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Viaggiatori della notte (1983) for violin solo
    Luciano Berio (1925–2003): Sequenza VIII for violin solo
    Ivan Fedele: Suite Francese II (2010) for violin solo
    Pierre Boulez (1925–2016): Anthèmes 2 (1997) for violin and electronics
    Ivan Fedele: Suite Francese VIb (2014) for electric five-string violin and electronics


    3th concert
    ponedeljek, 24. oktober 2016, ob 20.00

    Ljubljana, Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall – 18th Festival Slowind 2016



    Andrea Manzoli (b. 1977): Crosswinds (2014) for wind quintet
    Neville Hall (b. 1962): the crystal body of air (2013) for oboe solo (World premiere)
    Luka Juhart (b. 1982): Svetovi (2016) for wind quintet (World premiere)
    Nina Šenk (b. 1982): Novo delo (2016) for wind quintet (World premiere)
    Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Flamen (1994) for wind quintet


    4th concert
    Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11.00 p.m.

    Ljubljana, Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall – 18th Festival Slowind 2016

    A Tale of Voice and Flute

    Bor Turel, Gregor Pirš: Kos kosti (2011) – pre-recorded sound instalation
    Sound projection


    International Workshop
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016

    Ljubljana, University of Ljubljana, Facultuy of Arts, Department of Musicology – 18th Festival Slowind 2016

    Sculpting the sound and projecting music

    Lecturers: Ivan Fedele, Pasquale Corrado, Francesco D’Orazio, Andrea Manzoli
    Organization and moderation: prof. Larisa Vrhunc

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    5th concert
    Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8.00 p.m.

    Ljubljana, Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall – 18th Festival Slowind 2016

    Paroles y palabras

    Valentina Coladonato – soprano
    Quartetto Prometeo

    Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Paroles y palabras (2000) for soprano and violoncello
    Ivan Fedele: Palimpsest– Kvartet IV (2006) for string quartet 
    György Ligeti (1923–2006): String Quartet No. 2 (1968)
    Ivan Fedele: Morolòja kai erotikà (2010/2011) for soprano and string quartet 


    6th and 7th concert
    Thursday, Ocotber 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7.30 p.m.

    Slovenian Philhamronic Subscription Concerts (Blue Subscription)

    Ljubljana, Cankarjev dom, Gallus Hall– 18th Festival Slowind 2016

    Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra
    Pierre-André Valade – conductor
    Francesco D’Orazio – violin

    Eric Satie (1866–1925)/orch. Claude Debussy: Gymnopedie No. 1
    Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1998/1999)
    Sergei Rachmaninov (1873–1943)/orch. Ottorino Respighi: Cinq études-tableaux, P. 160
    Ottorino Respighi (1879–1936): Pini di Roma, P. 141


    8th concert
    Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 8.00 p.m.

    Ljubljana, Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall – 18th Festival Slowind 2016


    Ex Novo Ensemble
    Slowind with giests
    Francesco D’Orazio – violin
    Pasquale Corrado – conductor

    Ivan Fedele (roj. 1953): Imagini da Escher (2005) for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and violoncello
    Lojze Lebič (roj. 1934): Barvni krog (2008) for flute, clarinet, trombone, percussion, piano, violin and violoncello
    Ivan Fedele: Mosaïque (2008) for violin solo and 16 performers
    Pasquale Corrado (roj. 1979): Pulse (2013) for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and violoncello
    Ivan Fedele: Mudra (2013) for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, two violins, viola, violoncello and double bass