His band, the Equinox Jazz Quartet, has released four CDs of Márkus's compositions. But the bandleader's interests are not confined to jazz - other works he has written include a choral work and a concerto grosso, and he and his group have also experimented with rock and hip-hop sounds, meaning that he is one of those musicians who believe in the peaceful coexistence of musical genres rather than a hierarchy of them. The EQUINOXymphonic programme is something like a summary of Márkus's first 60 years. A look both back and ahead, and at the same time a fun experiment with the old and new. Those older works that the Erkel Award-winning artist wrote for other ensembles will be played here in an arrangement for full orchestra at this performance art-style jubilee concert featuring string and winds that transposes his earlier musical themes into a symphonic milieu. For him, the different musical styles create an indivisible unity - and this is something that is also borne out from his past "total art” performances. He is always ready to supplement instrumental music with singing, dance and pantomime, which gives the spectacular productions he has created a kind of eclectic and modern Baroque colouring.
Compagnia Finzi Pasca: Per te.
Dedicated to you dear Julie. "Stage gutted, technicians and actors move like cats in the dark as they get ready, slowly immersing themselves in the story. And it will be the story that little by little envelops the spectator, the story of a book given as a present, of a garden to build, of a fight that we all, sooner or later, will have to experience and face. Julie believed that everyone should try to build an inner garden to take shelter, to welcome those whom we love, those who got lost, and those whom we would like to discover. So now we are going to tell this story, with a bench and a garden. And there will be the fragility that each of us defends with shells and armours. The lightness of the memory of her laughter, her booklets full of notes and calculations, her advice and her dreams. The mission of each life is to build an inner garden where we may take shelter, where we may welcome those we love, those who have lost their way, those whom we would like to meet in intimate and reserved surroundings. We have often told stories confined to closed spaces, imagined in the secret box we carry on our shoulders, where we create imaginary dreams and journeys. This show was written for people who sow seeds which become trees, who design open spaces that invite reflection, that calm the soul.” In co-production with LAC (Lugano Arte e Cultura), RSI (Radiotelevisione svizzera), OSI (Orchestra della Svizzera italiana), Guadalajara UDC, Teatro Donizetti Creation partners: Cornèrcard, Fidinam, Grand Hotel Villa Castagnola, Caffè Chicco d'Oro,Helsinn - International Partner With the support of City of Lugano, Cantone Ticino, Pro Helvetia, Claypaky - Official Lighting Supplier, Sintetica - Research Partner The founders and producers of Compagnia Finzi Pasca: Daniele Finzi Pasca, Antonio Vergamini, Hugo Gargiulo, Julie Hamelin Finzi and Maria Bonzanigo.
Simone Kermes: Tempest
Signifying a natural phenomenon of overwhelming power, a more suitable title could scarcely have been found for this programme featuring the works of composers from the 17th and 18th centuries, for Simone Kermes captivates her audience with a tempestuous energy that simply cannot be resisted. The world-renowned German soprano rejoices in music, and her spontaneous and natural delivery permeates each of her performances. The listener would gladly start dancing - if only because they must not break into song - for she is one of only very few in the singing profession able to handle the coloratura fireworks of the Baroque repertoire with such elemental power and perfection. Figuratively speaking, Kermes beats the most daring extreme sports enthusiasts hands down: like a wingsuit flyer, she leaps from cliffs before gliding, swiftly and surely as the wind, through gaps in the rocks only a few metres wide. The difference is that she herself determines the conditions on stage, leaving nothing to chance. In what promises to be a special evening, Kermes performs arias "plucked” from operas, but - thanks to the expressive and even visual power of her voice - the listener will see the full character and situation in each case materialise before them. To achieve all this naturally also requires an ensemble that follows the tiniest vibrations of the soloist while generating its own irresistable energy. Cappella Gabetta, the period chamber orchestra led by concertmaster Andrés Gabetta, is just such an ensemble, which, with a repertoire that includes classics and rarities alike, regularly performs at prestigious festivals with world-famous soloists.