On Sunday (Dec. 6), the Carillon Quartet, whose members are CalArts students Nicolás Bejarano (Music MFA 16), Lucas Lipari-Mayer (Music BFA 17), Ethan Marks (Music MFA 17) and Cameron Kalemkarian (Music MFA 17), performs German-Argentine composer Mauricio Kagel’s Nah und Fern, Piece Radiophonique live for the first time at The Wild Beast.
Kagel first presented the piece in 1994 as a 40-minute radio drama on WDR (West German Radio) using already existing recordings of his past compositions. For Nah und Fern, he mixed Fanfanfaren, Morceau de Concours and Melodien fur Carillon with recordings of city soundscapes.
For Sunday’s premiere, the quartet recreates the piece with four trumpets and playback. “World premieres by such prominent composers from the late 20th Century are rare at this point in time,” says Bejarano in an email. “Let alone a piece of such magnitude.”