© Mirela Ivičević
© Mirela Ivičević

Mirela Ivičević — Case White

In 2016 I composed a piece Case Black for Black Page Orchestra, its name referring to ensemble’s aesthetic approach, but also to the operation "Case Black", a spring 1943 failed Axis offensive aimed to destroy the main Yugoslav Partisan force near Sutjeska river in south-eastern Bosnia, largely identified with its final phase, Battle of Sutjeska. My Croatian grandfather being among many partisans who lost their lives in that battle, and the largest number of partisans fallen on Sutjeska originating from coastal parts and islands of the region of Dalmatia, "Case Black" has always had a special place in my history and in numerous Dalmatian families’ history.

"Case White", mostly known under its final phase’s name, Battle of Neretva or "Battle for the wounded", was "Case Black’s" biggest predecessor.

In the present political climate in Croatia in which the openly antifascism-resenting state leadership keeps using way to many opportunities to try to revive the narrative of the country’s Nazi-allied regime during World War II and slide the country back into worst of extremisms, symbolic remembrance of battles fought under the principles of brotherhood and unity for a shared humanistic goal became surreally exotic. A thing to be ashamed of. The most important thing to do, especially concerning how widespread the virus of eternal Fascism currently is all over Balkans and Europe.

Neither Case Black nor Case White are in any way narrative pieces, but the aim and structure of antifascist troops in their blood-drenched name givers coincide with my ongoing fascination with co-existence of differences. In both my purely acoustic and multimedia pieces, I consider sound a space of freedom to imagine the seemingly impossible, and there is nothing more rewarding then tearing the already existing from where it was found, merging it with the imaginary into alternative realities and shaping rituals with participants who are connected with merely one thin thread. Be it a single tone, sexual attraction, the unique timbre and energy of a particular ensemble or a shared lust to break into freedom, but the one stronger than anything that divides them. Raw, imperfect, unpolished, but all ready to give their maximum.

Case White is dedicated to Klangforum Wien.
— Mirela Ivičević, 2018

 in Werke
21 October 2018
11 a.m.
Donaueschingen, Donauhallen, Mozart Saal Donaueschinger Musiktage Case White UA UA UA UA

For the ninth time, Klangforum Wien will be performing in Donaueschingen. This year their programme features works where the experimental and the open are in the foreground.

Francesco Filidei — Ballata Nr. 7 World Premiere
Eduardo Moguillansky — Resilienztraining World Premiere
Koka Nikoladze — 21.10.18 World Premiere
Mirela Ivičević — Case White World Premiere

Peter Böhm, sound design
conductor: Ilan Volkov



The composer Francesco Filidei on his new piece:
Francesco Filidei — Ballata Nr. 7

The composer Eduardo Moguillansky on his new piece:
Eduardo Moguillansky — Resilienztraining

The composer Koka Nikoladze on his new piece:
Koka Nikoladze — 21.10.18

The composer Mirela Ivičević on her new piece:
Mirela Ivičević — Case White

12 March 2020
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall Kraftraum Space Made of Glass — CANCELLED UA

Crystalline sounds emanate from the prepared piano and luminous glass instruments sparkle in the light.

Mirela Ivicevic — Case White
Unsuk Chin — Doppelkonzert

Clara Iannotta — a stir among the stars, a making way world premiere

Florian Müller, piano
Alex Lipowski, percussion
Peter Böhm & Florian Bogner, sound design
conductor: Emilio Pomàrico

The composer on her work:
Mirela Ivičević — Case White

Before the concert:
In the Ears of the Others or: how musicians listen to this, 6.30 p.m.

Subscription Series 2019/20
Power-Space

29 October 2020
8 p.m.
Vienna, St. Stephen's Cathedral AURA Ecstatic sound architecture
It is a pantheistic sound that hovers bridges from ancient Egypt over Gothic cathedrals up to the highest alpine peaks.

    — General seating

György Ligeti
    — Volumina
Gérard Grisey
    — Cor à Cor (Accords perdus)
Heinz Holliger
    — Ostinato funebre (Scardanelli-Zyklus)
Gérard Grisey
    —Chut (Accords perdus)
Francesco Filidei
    — Ballata No.1
***
Olivier Messiaen
    — Et exspecto resurrectionem mortuorum

Iveta Apkalna, organ
Sylvain Cambreling, conductor

 

4 December 2020
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall AURA Melted metal ÖEA
The nymph echo suffers to the point of total disembodiment and becomes a pure sound that strikes again in this world in all density and cutting hardness.

Iannis Xenakis
    — Thalleïn
Pascale Criton
    — Plis für Ensemble und Tonband
***
Frédéric Pattar
    — Outlyer
Yann Robin
    — Triades (ÖEA)

Sophie Lücke, double bass
Peter Böhm & Florian Bogner, sound design
Pierre-André Valade, conductor

 

 

After the concert:
In a relaxed atmosphere in the buffet of the Mozart Hall immediately after each cycle concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

FERMATE
A moment to pause. Personalities from philosophy, architecture, religion, literature, science, and art question what has just been heard in dialogue with composers, musicians and the public against the background of their own discipline.

27 April 2021
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall AURA Left — Devastated UA UA UA
The desolation of one's own thinking emerges in the loneliness of abandoned landscapes.

 

Christian Winther Christensen
    — New work, Austrian premiere
Beat Furrer
    — concert for clarinet and ensemble, Austrian premiere
Mirela Ivičević
    — New work, Austrian premiere
Aureliano Cattaneo
    — Deserti per ensemble, Austrian premiere

Bernhard Zachhuber, clarinet
Titus Engel, conductor

After the concert:
In a relaxed atmosphere in the buffet of the Mozart Hall immediately after each cycle concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

FERMATE
A moment to pause. Personalities from philosophy, architecture, religion, literature, science, and art question what has just been heard in dialogue with composers, musicians and the public against the background of their own discipline.

11 March 2021
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall AURA Auratic movement UA UA UA

The explicit sound produced is not all. The musicians with their facial expressions, gestures, and instruments open the door to the auratic effect of music.

NIMIKRY
    — New work, world premiere
Alexander Schubert
    — Point Ones
***
Iannis Xenakis
    — Khal Perr
Alberto Posadas
    — New work for contraforte, world premiere
Hanna Eimermacher
    — Aura 1, world premiere
***
Auratic horizons: Klangforum Wien meets NYKY Ensemble, Sibelius Academy Helsinki
    — New works from Finland

Lorelei Dowling, contraforte
Florian Bogner & Peter Böhm, sound design
Patrick Hahn, conductor

 

After the concert:
In a relaxed atmosphere in the buffet of the Mozart Hall immediately after each cycle concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

FERMATE
A moment to pause. Personalities from philosophy, architecture, religion, literature, science, and art question what has just been heard in dialogue with composers, musicians and the public against the background of their own discipline.

9 February 2021
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall AURA Intersections ÖEA
Branches, detours, wrong turns - life articulates itself along intersections and remains inconceivable in its totality, apart from the space in which it echoes.

Georges Aperghis
    — Der Lauf des Lebens (ÖEA)

Klangforum Wien
Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

Susanne Leitz-Lorey, soprano
Truike van der Pœl, mezzo-soprano
Daniel Gloger, counter tenor
Martin Nagy, tenor
Guillermo Anzorena, baritone
Andreas Fischer, bass
Johanna Zimmer, soprano
Emilio Pomàrico, conductor

After the concert:
In a relaxed atmosphere in the buffet of the Mozart Hall immediately after each cycle concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

FERMATE
A moment to pause. Personalities from philosophy, architecture, religion, literature, science, and art question what has just been heard in dialogue with composers, musicians and the public against the background of their own discipline.

12 January 2021
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall AURA Suprasound UA
Poles far apart - connected by a spirit that seeks beauty in the depth of a lavish sound and the directness of fearless speech.

Klaus Lang
    — pythagoräischer Fächer
5K HD
    — New work for band and ensemble, World premiere

 

Klaus Lang, organ

5K HD
Mira Lu Kovacs, vocals
Benny Omzerzell, keys
Manu Mayr, bass
Martin Eberle, trumpet
Andi Lettner, drums

Markus Wallner, sound design
Finnegan Downie Dear, conductor

After the concert:
In a relaxed atmosphere in the buffet of the Mozart Hall immediately after each cycle concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

FERMATE
A moment to pause. Personalities from philosophy, architecture, religion, literature, science, and art question what has just been heard in dialogue with composers, musicians and the public against the background of their own discipline.

18 May 2021
7.30 p.m.
Vienna, Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart Hall AURA Loneliness Of The Ego UA ÖEA ÖEA
Certainties are lacking here: the double funnel trumpet scans fragile terrain extremely gently and knows about the countless columns that refer to the bottomless.

Georges Aperghis
    — Lopsided Sob, World premiere
Franck Bedrossian
    — Epigram III
Javier Quislant García
    — Entra la aurora en el jardín, Austrian premiere
***
Franck Bedrossian
    — Le lieu et la formule
Rebecca Saunders
    — Nether, Austrian premiere

Krassimir Sterev, accordion
Donatienne Michel-Dansac, soprano
Bas Wiegers, conductor

After the concert:
In a relaxed atmosphere in the buffet of the Mozart Hall immediately after each cycle concert in the Vienna Konzerthaus.

FERMATE
A moment to pause. Personalities from philosophy, architecture, religion, literature, science, and art question what has just been heard in dialogue with composers, musicians and the public against the background of their own discipline.

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