Trinite Ofer Pelz Meitar Mateo

Trinité – album – Ofer Pelz and Meitar Ensemble

The album Trinité featuring music by Ofer Pelz played by Meitar Ensemble
released by New Focus Recordings June 11th.

New Focus Recordings catalogue – Trinité

The album presents five of my works, composed between 2010 and 2017, and all performed by the Meitar Ensemble – founded in 2004 in Tel Aviv (http://www.meitar.net) – under the direction of renowned conductor Pierre-André Valade, who is the ensemble’s conductor-in-residence, along with Renaud Déjardin and Guy Feder. The Ardeo Quartet joins the Meitar ensemble for the recording of the work “Blanc sur Blanc”. The album is released on the New York label New Focus Recordings.

Meitar Ensemble and I have developed a special relationship over the years. The ensemble has been playing my music regularly since 2007 and has commissioned and premiered two of the works that will be on the album. Our careers have flourished in parallel and a strong bond has remained between myself and the musicians.

These works all explore, in their own way, my concept of “unstable repetition” which proposes to keep the tension and interest in the listener by variating to the repetition.  “Unstable repetition” was the subject of my doctoral research, which I completed in 2017. 

My compositional approach constitutes a creative challenge in itself, as it aims to apply to an acoustic ensemble the characteristic approaches of electroacoustic music, including musique concrète. In this sense, I give myself a very defined, even constraining, path to follow, but one that generates its share of explorations and emerges new sound potentialities allowing us to enrich and develop this artistic language.

A characteristic of the recorded works is that they all take advantage of the proximity of microphones. I use amplification to allow soft timbres that would otherwise be inaudible to be heard. These pieces all use this amplification technique which is accentuated during the recording process, especially in the studio.

In the process of making a compact disc, the mixing and mastering stages are crucial and require a great deal of listening and reflection. Decisions about the sound result are also important to the musical practice in general and make the recording and all post-production an important step in the life of a piece.

The five works are:

Backward Inductions (2014/2017), 8 minutes; recorded in 2017

Chinese Whispers (2013), 11 minutes; recorded in 2015

Convergence (2010), 7 minutes; recorded in 2013

marchons, marchons (2015/2016), 11 minutes; recorded in 2016

Blanc sur Blanc (2011), 13 minutes; recorded in 2011

One might question the relevance of producing a compact disc in 2020, but for a musician, whether composer or performer, the compact disc, the object, remains an important accomplishment. It allows one to gather works with the same spirit, the same aesthetics, and thus becomes an artistic gesture in itself.

The title, Trinité, is derived from the artwork on the CD cover (which bears the same name), and which was generously contributed by Montreal-based French artist, Mateo. 

Album cover - Trinite Ofer Pelz Meitar Mateo

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