About this project

Intended uncertainty, experiments with the unforeseen and the improbable gained acceptance as formative principles in arts and societal relations by the end of the 20th century. A commonly used symbol for such a principle is a bushy and diffusely circuitous plant root with uncountable tiny forks and ramifications at most surprising places, still looking slight and composed as regarded from a distance. The rhizome, as Deleuze called it, has served as inspiration for countless new compositions, as it has been to our concert program, celebrating desirable accidents and enjoyable surprises, providing both experienced and future new music fans with ‘unforeseen consequences’.

Such ramifications reveal themselves in different aspects of the music. In Ligeti’s case, the title is the work, showing his signature cobweb-inspired textures (another rhizome) in a rarely pure form. The soloists of the double clarinet concerto of Péter Eötvös draw acrobatic, levitating curves with parallels and connecting phrases to create an energized and witty musical theatre. The program features two world premieres. Péter Tornyai’s string orchestra piece plays with the space of the concert hall. Ajtony Csaba’s Ballade for ensemble and solo voice uses a text of contemporary Hungarian writer György Dragomán. It shows that trying to open the sauna door may eventually reveal a great deal about a spouse…