Talks with Contemporary Creatives

Interview with Karlheinz Essl Jr.

An episode of Talks with Contemporary Creatives

By Ona Jarmalaviciute
Conversations with artists about the music world of today

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Interview with Benno Schachtner
An internationally respected German countertenor Benno Schachtner values music for what it is. He is being praised for his musical intelligence, emotional depth, and a warm soothing timbre. The singer takes pleasure in the unpredictable art that is created in the spark of the moment, following the atmosphere of the performance. His passion project, currently occupying all of his time and attention is the festival Diademus, counting its third year. The musicologist Ona Jarmalavičiūtė conducts an interview with a singer about the beginning of the festival, career struggles and good guys, that correlates with the countertenor's voice.
19:52
August 31, 2019
Interview with David Steffens
Today Bavarian vocalist David Steffens is enjoying his busy summer in Salzburg – a place where he also spent his student years. This time he is a part of Salzburg Festival, performing in three productions total and therefore visiting the stage of the Salzburg Festspiele almost daily. David Steffens started performing in this festival at the year 2012 when he was selected to participate in the Young Singers Project, but his main career path lays in the opera ensembles in Germany –  Stadttheater Klagenfurt and Württembergisches Staatstheater Stuttgart. He had also performed in such opera stages, as Teatro Real Madrid, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, the Volksoper Vienna, the Opéra national de Lyon, etc. Musicologist Ona Jarmalavičiūtė conducts an interview with the singer in which David Steffens shares his thoughts on this years Salzburg festival, handling three roles at the same time and the process of bringing the music to life.
17:29
August 28, 2019
Interview with Christian Heindl
Musicologist Christian Heindl personally knows lots of Austrian composers, has become an expert of contemporary music of Vienna as a concert organizer and independent journalist published in various journals (ÖMZ, Wiener Zeitung, Opernwelt, nmz, das mica und die Pressburger Zeitung). He is also an author of radio shows in ORF (Pasticcio, Opernkonzert, Aus der Welt der Oper, Studio Neuer Musik, Zeit-Ton, Alles über Musik, Aus dem Konzertsaal) and a lecturer. Ona Jarmalavičiūtė interviewed this expert about the music of the past and the present in Austria.
57:17
August 19, 2019
Interview with Paul Hertel
 Paul Hertel (b. 1953) is named as an Austrian composer, music maker, and conductor. His works are performed in a lot of countries, and at such festivals as "Aspekte Salzburg", "Styrian Autumn" “Huddersfield”, “Festival de Ville d’Avray”, "Austria Today" etc. For a long time, Hertel worked as a theater composer and music director at different stages like Vorarlberger Landestheater in Bregenz, Vienna, Graz, Schwäbisch Hall, etc. And as a composer of Film Music and operas, for instance, Deutsche Oper, Berlin. Musicologist Ona Jarmalavičiūtė talked about the journey of life, the subtleties of the music composing process and the part of the musician in Vienna. 
22:26
August 11, 2019
Interview with Polina Osetinskaya
World-class pianist Polina Osetinskaya is one of the four prodigy-called musicians from the Soviet Union, standing alongside violinists Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin, as well as pianist Evgeny Kissin. She is glad to leave the past of the childhood fame behind her and is proud to make a transformation to worlds most respected concerting pianists, which has been a long and uneasy journey for her.  The pianist today is known for her unusual repertoire, including works by the contemporary post-avant-garde composer as well as traditional, classical works.  After performing at the Salzburg Festival this week Polina Osetinskaya will appear at Carnegie Hall next season with Maxim Vengerov and for her project “An Unknown Friend”. Ona Jarmalavičiūtė, a musicologist, has conducted an interview with a performer about her performance style, struggles of youth her and opinion about the music business of today. 
31:25
August 11, 2019
Interview with Josh Lovell
Canadian tenor Josh Lovell is a perspective young vocalist, well known in Ottawa, Chicago and now Vienna, where his professional journey continues. Stanford Olsen. Previously, he was a student of Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria. Josh Lovel is a winner at the 52nd Annual International Vocal Competition, Dallas Opera competition and was a 2017 semi-finalist with the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. His repertoire consists of such roles as Trojan in Idomeneo, Odoardo in Ariodante, Le Doyen de la Faculté in Cendrillon, The Emperor Altoum in Turandot, Orpheo in Orphée et Eurydice, Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, etc. Musicologist Ona Jarmalavičiūtė has conducted an interview with a singer on such topics as antique mythology, the impact of the opera to the society and the struggles with funding.
36:01
August 11, 2019
Interview with Joel Allison
 A soloist since childhood, Joel Allison debut was at the age of twelve, as the treble soloist in Howard Shore’s Lord of the Rings Symphony. Today this promising Canadian vocalist of the new generation has been praised for the beautiful, rich, ringing tone of his bass-baritone voice. J. Allison is working as a recitalist, soloing with all of the prominent Canadian orchestras and as an opera singer, with a repertoire of such roles as “Basilio” in Il Barbiere di Siviglia; “Prince Gremin” in Eugene Onegin; “Antonio” in Le Nozze di Figaro and “Dancairo” in Carmen. He was praised for his operatic repertoire performance as having “a beautiful instrument precise in its intonation and articulation, serene and aristocratic”. Musicologist Ona Jarmalavičiūtė had conducted an interview with Joel Allison about his career path, daily rituals and the situation of opera in his home country Canada. 
41:37
August 11, 2019
Interview with Tomaš Kral
The Czech-born vocalist Tomaš Kral has a virtuoso baritone with a warm timbre of that he chooses to remind the modern man of the charm of early music, the purity of the spirit and the peace he feels. The singer's career was full of upscale triumph – studies with Professor Adriana Hlsova, participation in ensembles such as Collegium 1704, Collegium Marianum and Musica Florea, concerts in Prague Spring, Dresdner Festspiele, and Festival de La Chaise-Dieu festivals. Musicologist Ona Jarmalavičiūtė interviewed the vocalist about the music scene in the Czech Republic, his love for early music and the interpretative nuances of baroque music. 
13:09
August 11, 2019
Inerview with Johannes Kretz
 About grammar and logic of music Johannes Kretz (b. 1968) is an Austrian composer, who has long been associated with the practice of algorithmic composition, original view on harmony and synthesis of unique sounds. Earlier gaining his experience from the IRCAM Research Center, now composer is working and living in Vienna. In 2004 he was awarded the Austrian State Prize for his extraordinary creative work. Musicologist Ona Jarmalavičiūtė talked with this composer about the formulation of music in a search for logical roots of art. 
1:19:49
August 11, 2019
Interview with Clemens Gadenstätter
 The paradoxes of art and life Clemens Gadenstätter (born 1966) is an Austrian composer nowadays teaching at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. After studying the art of composing with such contemporary music icons as Helmut Lachenmann (b. 1935) and Erich Urbanner (b. 1936), the composer is extremely interested in the semiotics of music. This leads to a growing desire to create true contemporary music, not its simulacra, which is now rare. Ona Jarmalavičiūtė, a musicologist, talks about the roots of creativity and a wish to create a musical experience without labels. 
1:07:00
August 10, 2019
Interview with Paul Hertel
 Paul Hertel (b. 1953) is named as an Austrian composer, music maker, and conductor. His works are performed in a lot of countries, and at such festivals as "Aspekte Salzburg", "Styrian Autumn" “Huddersfield”, “Festival de Ville d’Avray”, "Austria Today" etc. For a long time, Hertel worked as a theater composer and music director at different stages like Vorarlberger Landestheater in Bregenz, Vienna, Graz, Schwäbisch Hall, etc. And as a composer of Film Music and operas, for instance, Deutsche Oper, Berlin. Musicologist Ona Jarmalavičiūtė talked about the journey of life, the subtleties of the music composing process and the part of the musician in Vienna. 
22:26
August 10, 2019
Interview with Karlheinz Essl Jr.
Karlheinz Essl Jr. (b.1960) as an artist is wearing a lot of different masks at once. Some see him as a composer, others as an improviser, as well as sound artist, performer or teacher. His interest in music varies from double bass studies and creation of instrumental, generative, algorithmic or electronic contemporary music as well as interactive sound installations. In his creative work, K. Essl combines his passion for work with computers and serial music composing techniques being the author of music software. He also collaborates with artists from other artistic fields - K. Essl creates music for paintings, life modern art installations, dance, and poetry. Ona Jarmalavičiūtė, a musicologist, held an interview with K. Essl and talked about the struggle of juggling multiple professional paths and the turning points in his career that made him the artist he is today. 
1:10:45
August 8, 2019
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