Mark Hannesson joins the Wandelweiser Collective

Associate Professor and composer Mark Hannesson joins Wandelweiser, an international collective exploring compositional minimalism

04 June 2015

In the spring of 2014 the Department of Music, through the President's Fund, funded Professor Mark Hannesson to visit Haan, Germany with the intention of meeting with composer Antoine Beuger. Beuger is a founding member of the Wandelweiser Collective, an international group of composers whose music is generally interested in issues relating to the extremes of silence, quiet, indeterminacy and duration.

Hannesson became a member of the Wandelweiser Collective in November 2014. Four of his pieces (The Perspective of Proximity, memory sustained, hoarfrost and the angel's game) were immediately published through Edition Wandelweiser.

In April 2015, American pianist R. Andrew Lee performed Hannesson's memory sustained in Victoria, BC in a concert featuring Wandelweiser composers as part of Daniel Brandes' concert series, a place to listen. Brandes is the only other Canadian member of the Wandelweiser Collective. This month Hannesson's piece, hoarfrost will be performed in a concert of Wandelweiser works in a festival curated by Yury Akbalkan and Denis Sorokin in St. Petersburg, Russia. Two days later, in the same festival, his vinyl release CAA-16 will be presented by Sergey Komarov and Vladislav Dobrovolsky with the other releases of the Cyland Audio Archive (St. Petersburg). On July 29, 2015, in Düsseldorf, Germany, Eva-Maria Houben will perform memory sustained in the annual Wanderweiser festival, Klangraum held in the Kunstraum Düsseldorf. Later in the festival Dante Boon will premiere Hannesson's 70 minute work for piano, the angel's game.