A Special Concert world premiere of Lukas Ligeti's Birimintingo, a Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Cello and Piano
Lukas Ligeti is the son of noted Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, but as a composer has created a name in his own right. Birimintingo is a co-commission by a consortium of three ensembles: concert:nova, Civitas of Chicago and Soli in San Antonio. The title is a word in the Mandinka language of West Africa and refers to virtuosic solo runs played on the kora, a traditional 21-string harp of the Mandé people living in Guinea, Senegal, The Gambia, and Mali. Ligeti currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology at the University of California, Irvine and has collaborated with traditional musicians from such countries as Côte d’Ivoire, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mozambique, Uganda, Kenya, Egypt, and India.
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