Sc.Art

Sc.Art

 Budapest, HUN
BandClassicalNew Age

Sc.Art was established in 2009 with the concept of blending the acoustic characteristics of various places with their own sound imagery and motifs. In its initial productions, musicians created a musical composition built on cosmic sounds originating from space. Members: György Kurtág, Jr., András Márton, Miklós Lengyelfi II.

Biography

György Kurtág Jr., the contemporary music composer and sound designer lives in France. With András Márton and Miklós Lengyelfi II., members of one of the most characteristic bands in Hungarian new wave music, the KFT, gave their first concert with Sc.Art in August 2009.

GYÖRGY KURTÁG JR.

1980-1982 – After completing his studies in composition in Budapest [ZAK], was assistant teacher to Messias Malguasca at the Centre Européen de Recherche Musical (European Center for Musical Research) in Metz.

1980-1986 – Composer, researcher and musical assistant at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique –Institute for Research and Acoustic Music Coordination) where he worked with Mauricio Kagel, Sylvano Bussotti and Péter Eötvös. Took part in Pierre Boulez’ Repons American tour.

Since 1983 has been working with Ferenc Grünwalsky. Received the Best Film Music award in 1993 from the Film Critics’ Association for “Goldberg Variations.” Composed music with Quatuor Lugosi for Ed Wood’s film, “Plan 9 from Outer Space,” considered a cinematic event when shown in Paris in 1996.

Has been living in Bordeaux since 1993 where he is a member of the scientific council of SCRIME (Information and Electroacoustic Musical Research Studio). His research extends to the articulation of musical movements as well as the design of new digital instruments. He has worked with the German firm of Shadow, among others, in creating the prototype for a synthesis module to be used with a guitar-midi interface.

Established the Comité des Fêtes ensemble with Daniel Kientzy (saxophone) and Frank Royan Le Mee (vocals), which draws from the eclectic contemporary music of the 1980s, ancient music, and incorporates theatrical and musical elements as well as.

Wrote an “electronic hybrid” musical work for string quartet and synthesizer called “Zwiegespräch” with György Kurtág Sr. on commission from the Paul Sacher Foundation. The work was performed at the 2000 Lucerne Festival, the 2001 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (with the Arditti Quartet), and the 2002 Wiener Festwochen (with the Keller Quartet).

Kurtág introduced the software developed by Francois Pachet in his work entitled, “The Continuator Project” at the Sony Company’s Artificial Intelligence Research Center in Paris, the 24 Hestejada de Las Arts d’Uzeste Musical (2001) and the “Sons d’Hiver” festival in Paris, as well as festivals in Budapest and Vienna in 2002.

In 2008 Görgy Kurtág Sr.’s “Kurtág 80” CD, which includes a recording of “Zwiegespräch,” written by father and son. was named among the top three contenders in the best contemporary music recording category. The awards ceremony will take place in Cannes in 2009.

In 2009 Kurtág received an invitation to hold a workshop at Carnegie Hall, New York within the framework of the year-long cultural event series, “Extremely Hungary,” which introduces Hungary’s cultural heritage to the New York (and Washington DC) audience. “Zwiegespräch” will also be performed as part of the series.


MIKLÓS LENGYELFI II AND ANDRÁS MÁRTON, MEMBERS OF THE KFT BAND

The Kft Band was formed in 1981. In the year of their formation the band immediately won two awards in Hungary’s largest musical event, Hungarian television’s Pop Song Festival.

With their original sound and lyrics the band established a distinctive Hungarian “New-Wave” in music. In addition to their fondness for theatrical elements, Kft also uses the latest technology. During the mid-1980s the band developed a multimedia computer program to accompany one of their albums. At the dawn of the internet age in Hungary, in 1996 they presented a concert at the Budapest Sports Arena (“A Ball on the Internet”). At the concert, in real time with the help of the internet, a recognized Hungarian artist from Los Angeles, András Wahorn, “painted” a computer-design illustration projected on a giant screen, while Hazel O’Connor sang with the band synchronized from a studio in Dublin, Ireland (www.kft.hu was the first artist domain name in Hungary).

The premier of their 2003 album was in outer space. Within the framework of the “Cosmic Call” program, alongside messages from Sir Arthur C. Clarke, David Bowie, astronauts Greg Lake and Sally Ride, Kft’s songs began their journey in the universe, beyond the Solar System. The broadcast went out via an astronomic radio antenna, 70-meter in diameter from Jevpatorij in the Ukraine.

In 2006 granted the Köztársasági Érdemrend Lovagkereszt (Republic’s Order of Merit of the Knight’s Cross) award.

Discography

CD of The Well-Tempered Universe, to be released in 2010.

Set List

The Well-Tempered Universe is a multimedia concert featuring cosmic sounds recorded by NASA and the University of Iowa with video designed for the performance.

Sc.Art plays on electronic instruments using the sound from the Big Bang, the sound of the Earth’s auroral kilometric radiation caused by energy electrons striking the atmosphere and sounds recorded by probes in the planetary environment of the Solar System. Other determining elements of musical tonality are the result of György Kurtág Jr.’s years of work as a sound designer, wherein he designed and created wide spectrum tonal colorations, the sound effects of an electronic upright bass, a bass guitar, and sample sounds triggered by an electronic drum.

In order to provide a rich acoustic experience that offers beautiful high, mid, and deep tones and a natural sound, the band sounds forth on Classic Backline column speakers