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June 7 , 2005

Uitti and Griffiths in Munich

“There is still time”, subtitled “Scenes for speaking voice and cello” receives its concert premiere in Munich on June 19. American cellist Frances-Marie Uitti and British writer Paul Griffiths perform the work first realized on their New Series debut album last year.

Uitti is one of the most highly regarded instrumentalists in new music, having worked closely with John Cage, Elliott Carter, Iannis Xenakis, Luigi Nono, amongst many others, and having played a significant role in the “rediscovery” of the music of Giacinto Scelsi. Uitti is the inventor of numerous extended techniques for the cello, her innovative use of two bows inspiring many composers to write works for her. Active in both contemporary music and improvisation, she is also a composer.

Paul Griffiths is one of the best-known writers on music in the English language, a prize-winning novelist, and latterly a librettist, having written the words for Elliott Carter’s opera “What Next?” and Tan Dun’s opera “Marco Polo”. His texts for “There is still time” ingeniously rearrange the vocabulary of Ophelia in Shakespeare’s Hamlet into new poems and stories.

The concert takes place at the Black Box in Munich’s Gasteig and begins at 20.00. Tickets are EUR 14,-/10,-.
And, on June 18, on Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne, Frances-Marie Uitti participates in a special concert dedicated to the music of Scelsi, which also features the Munich Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Christoph Poppen. A New Series recording with Scelsi’s music, featuring Uitti, Poppen and the MKO is also in preparation.
The Scelsi concert begins at 21.00. Tickets are EUR 22,-/14,- and 7,-. Tickets for both concerts can be obtained at www.muenchenticket.de