UC San Diego's Department of Music

May 31, 2012

  In 1985, Italian composer Luigi Nono was walking in a monastery when he stumbled across the graffiti No hay caminos, hay que caminar - "There is no path, there is only walking." On June 2 at 8 pm, violinists János Négyesy and Päivikki Nykter give a rare performance of Nono's final two compositions (he died in 1990), inspired by those philosophical words on a wall. The performance breaks the "fourth wall" between stage and audience to reflect Nono's notion of wandering without a path.

Exploration is central to "Hay que caminar" Soñando and La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura, which ask the performers to move "as if searching." Incorporating elements of lighting, costume, and scenic design, this provocative fully-staged production of Nono's final works uses the entirety of UCSD's Mandeville Auditorium as a "theater".

Violinist Négyesy, a member of UCSD's music faculty, is internationally renowned as a performer of innovative modernist music by Morton Feldman, John Cage, and many others. He and his wife Päivikki Nykter have recorded many CDs and performed countless concerts together. They have an intuitive musical rapport which is bound to result in a distinctive interpretation of Nono's music.

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