Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E) is adopting an up-to-date approach on the occasion of the Bicentenary of the Constitution of Cadiz with the project 1812_2012. Una mirada contemporánea (“1812_2012. A contemporary approach”), which covers a range of initiatives in various fields including art, illustration, music, audiovisuals and the Internet, and which will be presented at various venues throughout Spain. Two hundred years after 'La Pepa', as the 1812 Constitution was commonly known, AC/E aims to create a forum for reflection involving different current artistic pursuits, beyond simply a commemorative or historical approach.
On 3 December 2011 at 20:30, the Auditorio 400 at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía will become the venue for the premiere of Luz sobre lienzo (“Light on canvas”), a work of contemporary music, flamenco and electro-acoustic by Mauricio Sotelo (Madrid, 1961) commissioned by AC/E for the occasion.
This new musical work by Mauricio Sotelo is inspired by Goya's allegory of Truth, Time and History, a work on canvas painted by the artist to mark the Constitution of Cadiz which hangs in the National Museum of Stockholm in Sweden. The performers will be Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Fuensanta “La Moneta” (dance), Agustín Diassera (flamenco percussion) and Fernando Villanueva (electronic projection).
Mauricio Sotelo is currently Composer in Residence at the Wissenschftskolleg in Berlin. This prestigious institution invites every year to the German capital a select group of scientists from all over the world, along with a composer or musician. The latter group includes such names as Nono, Ligeti, Kurtag, Lachenmann and pianist Alfred Brendel. Sotelo is the first Spanish musician to be invited by the college, where he is working on his opera El público (The Public) commissioned by Gerard Mortier for Madrid's Teatro Real, and scheduled to premiere in February 2015. The composer's honours include the National Music Prize (2001), the Queen Sofía Prize for Musical Composition (2000) and the Composers’ Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation (1997).
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