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LUCAS F. JORDAN

 

Why compose?

 

Growing up and living in so many different countries I was always confronted with very rapidly learning a new language. This created a very unusual relationship to languages and a need to find continuity: music became this constant for of communication. It seemed then only natural to me that if in the language we speak we must also learn to write, then in music I should do the same: so I started to write or compose music. 

Beginnings and first successes

After moving to Switzerland this slowly developing new skill caught the attention of my math teacher in secondary school, who recommended I join the composition class for children and teenagers of the Konservatorium Zürich Winterthur led by Andreas Nick, and happily I did. 


The class offered so many great experiences and crucial opportunities to learn from practice as well as just theory. Some of the highlights were regular collaborations with the Stringendo Zürich (a youth string orchestra led by Jens Lohmann) and the youth opera project “INNANA” of the Zürich and Stuttgart Conservatories in collaboration with “Jeunesse Musicales Deutschland”.


Unexpectedly I got through to the final of the young composers competition of the Camerata Zurich and won the Audience's Choice Prize with an almost unanimous vote from the audience. The piece in question was: “drei fragen für streichorchester und dirigent” - "three questions for string orchestra and conductor" (to solve the lacking percussion section in a string orchestra the conductor for the first time had to produce sounds himself, the score even has a demanding part written out for him including clapping, stomping, shouting and one big jump at the end). After its premiere in the competition, "three questions" were performed by the Camerata Zurich under Marc Kissoczy several times in the consecutive years including performances at "Flimsklang 06", Switzerland and the "Klever Reihenkonzerte", Germany. 

The years between 2005 and 2011 were very productive with regular commissions from ensembles such as Ensemble Zero, Kammerorchester InTakt, Ensemble Tafeal, Ensemble Umi, Kammerphilharmonie Winterthur and the flutists of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. 

 

from "drei fragen für streichorchester und dirigent" question no. 3: "baião?"

3. baião?
Camerata Zürich
-2:21

Crises and new beginning ...

In 2007 I was accepted into Isabel Mundry's composition class at the Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, during my flute undergraduate studies with Matthias Ziegler, and completed my Masters in Composition between 2010 and 2011. During that period I participated in the student programmes of the "Donaueschinger Musiktage" and "Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik" and became very sceptical towards contemporary composers and their ideologies.

As a result I took a break from composition during my flute studies at the Royal Academy of Music, London. After about one and a half years of break I realized that not composing actually meant turning away from an important part of my musical personality. To start came the idea of creating short films as a new means of expression where image and music help each other express something. For this I organised and conducted a recording of my "three miniatures" for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin and cello and started filming. After three years of gather film material and editing these short films are finally ready to be watched on vimeo or here.

... and today?

Newly completed commissions include "Platform Four" for the "Colours of Eden" Project for the upcoming third part called "Black Leather" of the series and "Song after Sacro di Monte Ossuccio" for mezzo-soprano, cello and piano for Martin Merker (cellist with Argovia Philharmonic and Camerata Bern) for the festival "recreate" in Austria. The latter piece follows the regenerative form of the poem which has resulted in a 6 for the price of 1 piece: it is trio, 3 duos and 2 solo pieces in one! 


I am also deeply honoured to have been selected as one of the composers for WGC Heritage - the third season of WGC-Worldwide Guitar Connections. This has resulted in the composition of "preludiofuga II" for 19th-century romantic (Stauffer) guitar and it will be performed around the world during 2016/2017. For more information click here and to listen to the piece click here.

"maybe later..."

-5:07
 

Other current projects include a violin concerto commissioned by the violinist Sebastian Bohren that explores human psychology going from a state of almost severe depression to a struggled and fought for state of happiness. In preparation for the concerto I composed a short piece for violin and percussion called "maybe later..." that deals with procrastination. The latter was composed in 2015 for the Composition Summer School in Neimënster, Luxemburg organized be the United Instruments of Lucilin. The piece received its second performance in Neimënster in 2016. 


I am also currently composer for the documentary film "One Girl" written and directed by Rosa Russo

...to sum it up:

My life story has been a great source for my works. In a way I only compose as a result of trying to learn music to a greater depth. The questions I have often been confronted with regarding identity, language, cultural heritage and social belonging all find their way in search of answers in the metaphorical language of music.

 

for more information:

 

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Brief informative note: All of my works are registered with SUISA.