After a year’s work with publishing house Wolke Verlag my new book on listening analysis is out: Höranalyse – Neue Werkzeuge der musikalischen Wahrnehmung. It is based on a long interest of mine in the topic and draws from the experience as a composer and my blog Forum of Applied Abstraction, which puts analysis of music into practice online.
It is written in German, but ships worldwide. You can get one at your favorite bookstore, through online order services or directly through the publisher’s distribution.
The Berlin based label Holy Geometry released a cassette tape of Cello Solo 2, alongside works of Marta Forsberg and Kajsa Magnarsson. It goes by “Sounds From Home” and is available now via Holy Geometry’s distribution. Cello Solo 2 is played by the multi-talented Benjamin Ryser.
You can get an earful on the label’s Soundcloud:
Flugmagnet for Ensemble will be performed by the formidable Russian Studio for New Music. The piece was originally commissioned and premiered by Ensemble Recherche in 2017. After its performance by Platypus Ensemble in Vienna in spring 2018, the Studio for New Music will give it its Russian premiere.
The performance will take place as part of the ensemble’s program Projection of the Contemporary Music – Switzerland, In the Rakhmaninov Hall, Moscow, on March 14, 2019 at 7pm.
See concert details
Journalist and writer Gisela Nauck has assembled a wonderful radio program on the seven landscape operas from summer of 2018’s Festival Rümlingen. I am more than happy to find my opera Die Perfekte Passivität prominently placed in several spots of her audio trip (in German) through the landscapes and sounds of the festival which took place close to Basel, Switzerland.
Composers, all with new commissions for the festival included Clara Iannotta, Manos Tsangaris, Peter Ablinger, Barblina Meierhans, Ruedi Häusermann, Mischa Käser.
Listen to the program here (available from Dec 29, 2018 – Jan 5, 2019)
Our Ear, a piece for Alto Saxophone and Viola, had its premiere on Dec 10, 2018. The brand new Duo Klexs are bringing it to live on their tour Nah und Fern-(Dis)semblables, for which they are touring through all corners of Switzerland. The video is from their concert in Fenalet-sur-Bex.
The dates of the the tour:
10 Dec 2018 Luzern – Kulturbrauerei (Kunsthalle) – 20:30h
13 Dec 2018 Zürich – Theater Stock – 19:30h
21 Dec 2018 Biel/Bienne – Litteraturcafé/Café Littéraire –
10 Jan 2019 Basel – Unternehmen Mitte
19 Jan 2019 Fenalet-sur-Bex – Jardin Cosmique – Symphonie Picturale
14 May 2019 St. Gallen – Newartmusic Contrapunkt
17 May 2019 Lausanne – Orangerie – atelier de Yves Dana
The piece Liquid Contra for six speakers is presented at 137 Brompton Rd, London in a sound installation collaboration with the designer Michael Anastassiades and Bang & Olufsen. The duration of the exposition is September 15 – 23, with opening times all throughout the day.
The piece is an interactive sound installation composed for the speakers which are placed in the three different rooms of the venue – an old bank building. With sounds and musicians recorded at Question de Son studios in Paris.
Tank Magazine (with Interview and Videos)
Video excerpts from Tank Magazine:
With a custom built 7-meter-long instrument constructed by Jonas Hertig, which is played by rolling suitcases over it, we premiered Die Perfekte Passivität on August 17 and 18 at the Festival Rümlingen 2018. It is a landscape opera played by four musicians plus a model airplane pilot.
Musicians on board were: Noëmi Schwank (Saxophone, objects), Antonio Jiménez-Marín (Trombone, objects), Miguel Ángel García Martín (percussion, objects), and myself (objects).
Other operas at the festival included premieres by Clara Ianotta, Manos Tsangaris, Peter Ablinger, Barblina Meierhans, Ruedi Häusermann and Mischa Käser. Artistic directors are Sylwia Zytynska and Daniel Ott.