Lukas Ligeti
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Ligeti Lukas

Compositions

# Title Year of Originsort icon Duration Instrumentation Category
1 Second Line 1999 ~ 16m
2 Signs in the Sand 1999
3 33 Years and 51 Days 1997 ~ 7m
4 Rhythm Schmythm - Erste Version, für verstärktes Kammerensemble 1996 ~ 5m
5 Great Circle's Tune, Pt. 1 1996 ~ 6m
6 Great Circle's Tune, Pt. 2 1996 ~ 7m
7 Balarama 1996 ~ 5m
8 Bê-Ta-Fôli 1996
9 Is It A Sin? - Arrangement des Hit-Songs "It's A Sin" (Pet Shop Boys) für Kammerensemble 1995 ~ 6m
10 Moving Houses - Streichquartett 1995 ~ 17m
11 Bane of Black Ink - für Elektronik 1995 1m
12 RazCalme 1995 ~ 9m
13 Static$ong B 1994 ~ 9m
14 Madagascar 1994 ~ 4m 30s
15 Punk for Martians 1994 4m
16 Fast, No Comping - Polymetrische Studie 1994 4m
17 Fill in the Blanks 1994 3m - 6m
18 Separated At Birth - (The Stepmothers' Theme Song) 1994 ~ 4m
19 What Are We Looking At 1994 ~ 5m
20 Langage En Dessin 1994 ~ 9m
21 Tonga Tango 1993 5m
22 Korea 1993 ~ 5m
23 Drama 1993 ~ 7m
24 Le soleil 1993 - 1994 ~ 10m
25 The Chinese Wall 1992 12m
26 6th District Castle Magic 1992 9m
27 Groove Magic 1992 22m
28 Static$ong 1992 9m
29 Plexi 1991 4m
30 Seeking Scapegoat 1991 4m 55s
31 Shifted Vision 1990 4m 30s
32 Fragliche I 1990 4m
33 End of An Era 1990 4m
34 Beltsville Small White 1990 2m
35 Fin-de-Siecle-Blues 1990 - 1991 9m
36 Frozen State of Song 1990 - 1993 18m
37 3-D Jigsaw 1989 7m
38 Tinted Mirror 1989 10m
39 Oblique Narratives - Drei Stücke für 2 Klaviere 1989 ~ 18m
40 Tanzen verboten 1989 3m 30s
41 Excerpts From Time 1988 7m
42 Pattern Transformation - für 4 Spieler an 2 Marimbas 1988 4m 30s
43 In P - Polymetrische Studie 1988 - 1991 4m
44 Sketches in Colors That Aren't 1988 - 1993 8m
45 Circular Framework - für Tonband 1988 9m
46 Zwei Essays für Klavier 1987 9m
47 Bird's-Eye Abstracts 1987 7m
48 3457 für vier Spieler - Polymetrische Studie 1987 3m

General Information

Year of Birth:  1965
Date of Birth:  13. June 1965
Place of Birth:  Vienna
Country of Birth: 
Nationality: 

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1988

 

1988

workshop participation (John Zorn)

1991

improvisation course (David Moss), composition course (George Crumb)

1993

jazz-drums, diploma with distinction

1993

composition, diploma with distinction

1993 - 1994

additional studies to achieve Mag. art.

1994 - 1996

Visiting Scholar at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics CCRMA

University of the Witwatersrand: PhD-Program

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1988 - 1991

foundation and performances with the group "Things of NowNow" (in cooperation with Christian Minkowitsch, Friedrich Neubarth, Alexander Wagendristel)

1990 - 1991

concerts with "Things of NowNow" in Germany as part of the events of the spectrum of the science in cooperation with mathematic lectures of Heinz-Otto Peitgen (Uni Bremen) and Richard Voss (IBM New York)

1990 - 1993

member of the group "Kombinat M" (with Andreas Heidu, Walter Hollinetz, Andreas Leikauf, Erwin Redl)

1994

commission by the Goethe institut in cooperation with "Pyrolator" Kurt Dahlke: drums, electronic and improvisation workshops in Abidjan (Cote d'Ivoire), an outcome of the seminar is the group "Be-Ta-Foli" (since 1997 "Beta Foly"), ever since cooperation

1998 - 2015

permanent residence

2006

University of the Witwatersrand: visiting professor, composer in residence

2007

travel to Uganda to collaborate with the music/dance/theater group, the "Ndere Troupe"

2008

lecturer for composition, University of Ghana in Legon (Accra)

2010

cooperation with the musicians in Lesotho, focusing on the lesiba, rare traditional instrument

2015

ever since Assistant Professor in "Integrated Composition, Improvisation, and Technology" at the University of California (Irvine)

concerts and/or recordings with Henry Kaiser, Elliott Sharp, Roy Nathanson, George Lewis, Michael Manning, Ralph Carney, Tom Constanten and many others

drummer in several jazz and rock bands and groups for improvised music

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1989
1990

 

1990

Budapester Wochen für zeitgenössische Musik

1990

 

1990

Österreich heute

1991
1991

Österreich heute

1993

Alternative Vienna, London

1994
1994

Kilkenny Arts Week

1995

Festival of New American Music Sacramento

1995

Gaida Festival Vilnius

1995

Meltdown Festival London

1996

International Percussion Festival Taipei

1996

Offene Grenzen Wien

2005

Unyazi festival, Johannesburg (first electronic experimental music festival in Africa)

BAM Next Wave Festival

Central Park Summerstage, New York

Luminato Festival, Toronto

Montreal Jazz Festival

Commissions (Selection)

PeriodCommissionCompositionCommissioner (Organisation)Commissioner (Person)

 

 

Icebreaker London

Amadinda-Ensemble Budapest

London Composers' Ensemble

Synergy Percussion Sydney

Bang on a Can

American Composers Forum

New York University

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1990

promotional award for composition

1991

state scholarship for composition

1993

work scholarship

1993

recognition award

1995

Composition Fellowship by Arts Council of Santa Clara County, California

1996

state scholarship for composition

2010

CalArts Alpert Award in Music

Press Reviews

17. November 2009

At the Purcell Room last night, Lukas was a charmingly modest virtuoso of a musical middle ground between improvisation and composition, weaving teeming, teasing rhythmic textures from sounds he has gathered from all over the world - sirens in Johannesburg, musicians in Burkina Faso, and weird electronic soundscapes. He told the audience how he used to get bored watching people improvise with laptops, where there's so little relationship between the knob-twiddling you see and the sounds they produce, so he uses the marimba lumina (invented by electronic pioneer Don Buchla) as part percussion, part MIDI-controller, and part instrumental theatre.

The Guardian (Tom Service) Link

Discography, Projects

Discography:

  • 2011: Pattern Time (Innova Records)
  • 2010: Paspange (Cantaloupe Music)
  • 2008: Afrikan Machinery (Tzadik Records)
  • 2007: Rêem Tekré (AtaTak)
  • 2004: The Williamsburg Sonatas, Gebbia-Ligeti-Pupillo Trio (Wallace Records)
  • 2004: Mystery System (Tzadik Records)
  • 2003: Shadowglow, Raoul Björkenheim & Lukas Ligeti (Tum Records)
  • 2002: Heavy Meta, GoodmanKaiserLigeti-Trio (Ecstatic Yod)
  • 2000: Entrons Dans la Danse, Maï (Seydoni Productions)
  • 1997: Lukas Ligeti & Beta Foly (Intuition Music)
  • 1995: The Siamese Stepbrothers (Cuneiform Records)
  • 1993: Hybrid Beat, Kombinat M (Cuneiform Records)
  • 1991: NowNowism, Things of NowNow (Extraplatte)

 

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