Artistic direction: Ivan Fedele, Italy

Ljubljana, October 22–29, 2016

Dear Listeners,
While it was not a coincidence that we selected Vito Žuraj as the artistic director of the last Slowind Festival, we can say that this year’s choice also involved a certain amount of luck.
About two years ago, we knocked on the door of Italian composer Ivan Fedele and proposed that Slowind perform at the Venice Biennale, of which he is the programme director. He generously invited us to the last edition of the festival and included a good measure of Slovenian contemporary music written for our ensemble on the programme. There followed discussions on a variety of challenges in the field of contemporary music, and a desire to invite him to Ljubljana soon matured within us. We gave him a copy of Mateja Kralj’s book entitled Wood, Wind, Metal … which provides a thorough presentation of the philosophy of Slowind’s operation, while also giving creative people an indication of what still remains to be done with us after seventeen festivals. Ivan Fedele was glad to accept our invitation and, with his new festival programme, has invited us into the unknown – just where Slowind always likes to be.
This year’s festival will primarily be permeated with Ivan Fedele’s own music for a wide range of instrumental combinations. Thus the concerts are conceived in a rather classical way in terms of ensembles. The first concert is dedicated entirely to the combination of two pianos, percussion and electronics, the second concert is devoted exclusively to violin with electronics, the third to wind quintet, and the fourth to string quartet with a singer, while the last concert is slightly more in the spirit of Slowind, with diverse mixed ensembles.
This time, we will welcome a number of excellent Italian performers of contemporary music to Ljubljana, including the exceptional violinist Francesco D’Orazio, pianist Maria Grazia Bellochio, the string quartet Quartetto Prometeo with singer Valentina Coladonato, and the ensemble Ex Novo from Venice, under the baton of Pasquale Corrado. For the electronic music, the sound projection will be overseen by Alvise Vidolin and Francesco Abbrescia.
As well is becoming familiar with the music of Ivan Fedele, we will have an opportunity to hear some other exceptional and extensive works: Anthèmes II for violin and electronics by Pierre Boulez, String Quartet No. 2 by György Ligeti and Barvni krog (Colour Circle) by Lojze Lebič.
There are, of course, a number of new compositions awaiting their first performance at this year’s festival. Ivan Fedele has contributed two (!) new works for the festival, Neville Hall has composed a new piece for solo oboe, and we will perform new wind quintets by Nina Šenk and Luka Juhart. Thus we will have an opportunity to experience five world premieres. In the late hours, we will also be able to hear a sound projection of Zgodba o glasu in piščali (A tale of Voice and Flute) by Bor Turel and Gregor Pirš.
We are pleased to once again connect the Slowind Festival with the concert season of the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, who will perform Fedele’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra at subscription concerts. Francesco D’Orazio will appear as soloist, and the orchestra will be conducted by Pierre-André Valade.
Music education again has a place within the festival programme this year. Composers Ivan Fedele and Andrea Manzoli, as well as violinist Francesco D’Orazio, will speak at an international music workshop organized jointly with the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana.

You are cordially invited to the 18th Slowind Festival 2016!

Matej Šarc


“Without music, life would be a mistake”, wrote the great German philosopher Friedrich 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, Neville Hall, Bor Turel and Gregor Pirš. 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. We should not forget that we live in a century in which music is experiencing profound change, both in terms of its creative direction and regarding listening habits.

I wish you all good music!
Ivan Fedele

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

Preconcert talk at 7.00 pm
Guest of the talk: Ivan Fedele

Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall

Two Moons Two

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

Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Two Moons Two (2016) for two pianos, two virtual instruments and live electronics (World premiere)
Ivan Fedele: Wood-Skin Tracks (2016) for two percussionists and live electronics (World premiere)
Ivan Fedele: Pulse and Light (2014) for two pianos and live electronics
Ivan Fedele: Phasing (2013) for two pianos and two percussionists



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

Preconcert talk at 7.00 pm
Guest of the talk: Francesco D’Orazio

Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall

Night Travellers

Francesco D’Orazio – violin, five-string electric violin
Francesco Abbrescia – live-electronics

Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Viaggiatori della notte (1983) three pieces for violin
Luciano Berio (1925–2003): Sequenza VIII for violin
Ivan Fedele: Suite Francese II (2010) for violin
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
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 8.00 pm

Preconcert talk at 7.00 pm
Guests of the talk: Andrea Manzoli, Neville Hall, Luka Juhart and Nina Šenk

Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall


Matej Šarc – oboe

Andrea Manzoli (b. 1977): Crosswinds (2014) for wind quintet
Neville Hall (b. 1962): the crystal body of air (2013) for oboe solo (World premiere)
Matej Šarc – oboe
Luka Juhart (b. 1982): Svetovi/Worlds (2016) for wind quintet (World premiere)
Nina Šenk (b. 1982): Silhouettes and Shadows (2016) for wind quintet (World premiere)
Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Flamen (1994) for wind quintet



4th concert
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 10.30 pm

Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall

A Tale of Voice and Flute

Bor Turel (b. 1954) , Gregor Pirš (b. 1970): Bone Piece

Sound projection
Zvezdana Novakovič – voice
Ljuben Dimkaroski – Moustérian flute
Franci Krevh – percussion
Marko Hatlak – accordion
Luka Juhart – accordion
Bor Turel – electronics
Gregor Pirš – electronics

Realization: Radio Slovenia, Bor Turel’s Private Studio, Yellow Room Studio



International Workshop
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Ljubljana, University of Ljubljana, Facultuy of Arts, Department of Musicology

Sculpting the sound and projecting music

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


Please fill out the online application form (Last day to apply: October 20, 2016)


5th concert
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 8.00 pm

Preconcert talk at 7.00 pm
Guest of the talk: Francesco Dillon

Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall

Paroles y palabras

Valentina Coladonato – soprano
Quartetto Prometeo:
Aldo Campagnari – violin
Jacopo Bigi – violin
Massimo Piva – viola
Francesco Dillon – violoncello

Ivan Fedele (b. 1953): Paroles y palabras (2000) for soprano and violoncello
Ivan Fedele: Palimpsest (2006) – fourth 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, October 27 and Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7.30 pm

Slovenian Philharmonic Subscription Concerts (Blue Series)

Cankarjev dom, Gallus Hall


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

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


8th concert
Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 8.00 pm

Preconcert talk at 7.00 pm
Guests of the talk: Pasquale Corrado, Lojze Lebič and Ivan Fedele

Slovenska filharmonija (Slovenian Philharmonic), Marjan Kozina Hall


Ex Novo Ensemble:
Daniele Ruggieri – flute
Davide Teodoro – clarinet
Aldo Orvieto – piano
Dario Savron – percussion
Carlo Lazari – violin
Carlo Teodoro – cello
Slowind with guests:
Daniele Ruggieri – flute
Matej Šarc – oboe
Davide Teodoro – clarinet
Jurij Jenko – clarinet, bass clarinet
Paolo Calligaris – bassoon
Metod Tomac – horn
Franc Kosem – trumpet
Žan Tkalec – trombone
Matevž Bajde – marimba
Dario Savron – vibraphone
Urška Križnik Zupan – harp
Aldo Orvieto – piano
Janez Podlesek – violin
Carlo Lazari – violin
Maja Rome – viola
Carlo Teodoro – cello
Miha Firšt – contrabass
Francesco D’Orazio – solo 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: Mudrā (2013) for flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, trumpet, trombone, percussion, piano, two violins, viola, violoncello and double bass