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May 18 2006

The organizers have set themselves a difficult task: to unite all the "vanguard" tendencies in world music, post-rock, free jazz and high-tech sonic creativity. But in recent years have added to the program element such as "compulsory free collective improvisation festival participants. Sounds promising, does not it? Especially given the composition of the aforementioned parties.

On the first day of the festival, May 17, will perform Edita Phil - the singer from Poland, which will play the flute compositions have long recognized in the West, but little known in our Western European composers. The atmosphere of its performance will be as close as possible to the first "alternative" of the late 80's.

At Thursday, May 18 will present its program of pianist Van Reiner Haudt (Netherlands), propagandizing rarely performed music, often has nothing to do with the academic mainstream. Of particular fame musician brought his interpretation of music, the beginning of XX century. Reiner Van Haudt arranged the whole festival by composers such as Giacinto Scelsi, Alvin Lucier, Alvin Curran, Chiel Meyering. Currently, the pianist is a member of the ensembles Ives Ensemble and Maarten Altena Ensemble. He has twice played in Russia - including the "Alternative" in 1997.

The festival will continue drummer Han Bennink and multi-instrumentalist named one of the pioneers of postmodern "New Dutch Swing". This artist plays in many styles, from Dixieland and ending with free-jazz. Already in the 1960th Bennink received in the Netherlands recognized as extremely versatile drummer. He accompanied various American jazz stars, and along with it managed to take part in the creation of European improvised music. In parallel, the musician participated in the legendary project of Peter Brettsmana period «Machine Gun». Han Bennink speech will be held on May 19. This concert will be held at the Days of Culture of the Netherlands.

The festival "Alternativa" on Saturday, May 20, Seth American group Spooky Actions («Phantom of action"), who will perform work of Olivier Messiaen, with a "reassuring" the name of "Quatuor pour la fin du temps" ("Quartet for the end of time"). In turn, the name «Spooky Actions» - the phrase of the little-known phrases A. We Eyntshteyna, who thus described the behavior of elementary particles, comparing them to the macroscopic. So everything really!

Incidentally, the founder of the group - guitarist and also a professor at Princeton University, Bruce Arnold - experimenter-esoteric, mixing in his work Gregorian chants with blues music, Native American ceremonial chants and other unusual ingredients.

In conclusion, the festival program will go on stage, all participants of the festival and arrange actions, statements like "Mezhzhanrovaya free collective improvisation."

This year the title of the festival featured the number "20", as the International Festival of New Music Alternative "will be held in Russia for the twentieth time. This is sort of an anniversary, and we hope that the organizers of this time to prepare the audience something special.

Maria Pavlikova

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