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Vassena Nadir

(22. 08. 1970)

Vassena Nadir
Via Calloni 9
CH-6900 Lugano
Svizzera

Tel: +41 (0)91 646 54 10


Biography
Nadir Vassena was born in Balerna (Switzerland). He studied composition in Milan under Bruno Zanolani and in Freiburg im Breisgau under Johannes Schöllhorn.
He has received numerous invitations to renowned festivals for new music and came away with many accolades, examples include the competition organised by the 'Westdeutschen Rundfunk' (West German Radio) in Cologne 1992, the Music Institute of the 'Hochschule der Künste' (School of Arts) in Berlin 1994 (first prize ex aequo), and the Mozart Competition in Salzburg 1997, he was also awarded the Christoph-Delz Foundation Prize.
Nadir Vassena was a scholar of the 'Akademie Schloss Solitude' in Stuttgart in 2000/2001, of the 'Denkmalschmiede Höfgen/Margarethen Foundation' in 2002, and a member of the Swiss Institute in Rome 2002/2003. He lectures in composition and analysis at the 'Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana' (music school) and has been a member of the board of directors there since 2004. Nadir Vassena, together with Mats Scheidegger, is director of the 'Tage für Neue Musik Zürich'.


Work list
Per una maschera (1991)
for string quartet
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Nocturnes I - II - III (1993)
for alto saxophon and piano
Can be performed separately (7', 6', 8').
Duration: 21' 00"
Bärenreiter Verlag Basel/Kassel
Neuweilerstr. 15
CH-4015 Basel
Schweiz
www.baerenreiter.com
Statua vivens (1994)
for violin, violoncello and piano
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Animae (1994)
for oboe solo
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
In den Zeiten deiner Entfernung (1994)
for solo piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Animae (1994/95)
for soprano saxophone
Duration: 8' 00"
Verlag Neue Musik
Köpenicker Strasse 175
D-10997 Berlin
Mysterium Lunae (1995)
for solo mixed choir
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
In tempore belli (1995)
for solo guitar
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Golem (1995-1996)
for g alto flute and percussion (1 performer)
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Totem (1996)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/pf/2perc/8.6.4.2)
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Aleph (1996)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello and piano
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
Study for a Figure in a Room (1996)
for solo clarinet
Duration: 9' 00"
Manuscript
Figure in a Room (1996)
for solo violin
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Formulae (1995-1997)
for flute and harpsichord
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Amras-Turm Fragmente (1996-1997)
for flute, oboe, violin, viola, violoncello, percussion and harp
I. hp/perc/vn.va.vc (1 or 2 performers)
II. ob/vc
III. fl/hp/va
IV. fl.ob/hp/vn.va.vc
Duration: 22' 00"
Manuscript
Correzione I (1997)
for solo piano
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Correzione II (1996)
for flute, oboe, clarinet, english horn, bassoon
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Correzione III (1997)
for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, piano, 2 percussionists
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Torso II (for a crouching nude) (1998)
for violin and piano
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Triptych - Crucifixion (1998)
for solo violin, flute, clarinet, violoncello and piano
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
31 anatomie notturne (1998)
for 4 saxophones
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
due sogni verdemare (1999)
for solo choir (16 voices)
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
van (1999)
for 3 female voices and ensemble
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
fuori era ancora la notte... (1999)
for recitation, saxophone, horn, trombone, piano and percusiion
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Darkroom (1999)
for six percussionists
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
French press (II) (1999)
for saxophone, piano and percussion
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
"come perduto nel mare un bambino..." (1999)
for flute solo
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
"come danze di pietra su corpi d'acqua" (2000)
for ensemble (1.1.1.1/1.1.1.0/perc/pf/2.1.1.1)
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
till långt in pa nåtten (2000)
for orchestra (2.2.2.2/2.2.0.0/pf/2perc/8.6.4.2)
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
"i prigioneri del mare - gli occhi die prigionieri" (verso nuovi stati di passione) (2000)
for six percussionists
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
primo discorso eretico sulla leggerezza die chiodi (2000)
for bass clarinet and guitar
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
11 fragili esercizi della notte (2000)
for recorder solo
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Messages from the Unseen World (2001)
for saxophone quartet and orchestra
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
rivolto verso terra - rivolto verso il mare (2001)
for viola and violoncello
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Five Capricci Amorosi on an Atlantic Dance (2001)
for violin and orchestra (2.1.2.1/1.1.1.0/acn.pf[=cel]/2perc/3.3.3.2.1)
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
Sailor's (and Siren's) Song (2001)
for soprano, double choir and orchestra (0.2.2.2/2.2.2.0/2perc/0.2.2.2)
Texts: Nadir Vassena
Choir 1 (SSAATTBB minimum 16 voices)
Choir 1 (SSAATTBB minimum 32 voices)
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Four Macabre Dances (2001)
for guitar and ensemble (rec.1.1.0/0.0.0.0/perc/pf/0.1.1.1)
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
5 nodi grotteschi e crudeli (2001)
for accordion and ensemble
Duration: 21' 00"
Manuscript
Four short studies for saxophone (2002)
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
macchine da guerra, fanti e cavalieri (2002)
for flute, saxophone (or cl), guitar, percussion and two violoncelli (or va and vc)
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
machine parlanti (2002)
for clarinet, accordion and double-bass
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
luoghi d'infinito andare (2003)
for flute, clarinet, violin, violoncello, percussion and piano
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
due luoghi nascosti (2004)
for soprano, saxophone, percussion and harp
Texts: Sappho
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
leib.wache (2004)
Theatrical photograms in the form of a song
for four voices (SCtMezBar) and chamber orchestra (2.0.3.0.sx/0.2.0.0/2perc/acn.pf/egtr/2.0.2.2.2)
Texts: Mascha Kurz
Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
(luoghi sospesi) (2004)
for wind quintet (fl, ob, cl, bn, hn)
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
schlaflos (2005)
for actor, soprano, oboe, violoncello, piano and accordion
Texts: Mascha Kurz
Duration: 40' 00"
Manuscript
4 duetti (2003)
for 2 saxophones
Duration: 3' 00"
Woodbrass Music SA
Rte de Fribourg 30
CH-1724 Le Mouret
Suisse
Tel. +41 (0)26 413 40 13
Fax +41 (0)26 413 45 55
office@woodbrass-music.ch
www.woodbrass-music.ch/
(2012)

Duration: 15' 30"
Manuscript
Diskographie
ARTE Quartett (Grammont Porträt Nr. MGB CTS-M 95, 2005)
Werke:
Gubler, Rico: Loud-Speakers (Easy listening version) (1999/2005)
Vassena, Nadir: 31 anatomie notturne (1998)
Berger, Gary: bitmap (2001)
Meier, Hans-Jürg: nodo (2002-2004)
Stauder, Andréas: Figures blocs chemins (2003)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Keller - Steinbrecher: musica riservata (Grammont Portrait/ Musikszene Schweiz Nr. MGB CTS-M 85, 2003)
Interpreten:
Keller, Heinrich
Werke:
Lehmann, Hans Ulrich: Minuties (1998)
Mäder, Urban: en suite (1997)
Wettstein, Peter: Sieben Miniaturen (1974)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Anderer Ort (1998)
Vassena, Nadir: Formulae (1995-1997)
Langlotz, Lukas: Facetten (1997)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Rudolf Kelterborn, Jia Guoping, Wang Peng
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Ensemble Oggimusica - Irène Schweizer (Altri Suoni Nr. 054, 1999)
Werke:
Steinauer, Mathias: Sott'acqua, op. 17.3 (1999)
Zimmerlin, Alfred: Oggi - Movendo (1999)
Vassena, Nadir: fuori era ancora la notte... (1999)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Irène Schweizer, Alessandro Solbiati, Mathias Gloor
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Contemporary Music for Alto Saxophone (Jecklin Edition Nr. JS 302-2, 1994)
Interpreten:
Dratva, Tomas
Werke:
Vassena, Nadir: Nocturnes I - II - III (1993)
Brennan, John Wolf: Atanos, op. 103 (1993)
Pflüger, Andreas: Tra qua e la (1979)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Jacques Wildberger, Franco Cesarini
Bibliography
Baldassare, Antonio: Komponieren als produktives Scheitern. Der Tessiner Komponist Nadir Vassena, in: Dissonanz 68 (2001) [Internet]