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Line-Up 2016

Das Line-Up von Apples & Olives, dem ersten Indie Classical Festival Zürich.

LONEY DEAR • SASKIA LANKHOORN • KALEIDOSCOPE STRING QUARTET • ANJA LECHNER • FRANÇOIS COUTURIER MARENA WHITCHER
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ENSEMBLE THIS | ENSEMBLE THAT • PERFORATOR FEAT. BACKBONE • KATE MOORE • DAVID T. LITTLE • NIK BÄRTSCH • ETIENNE ABELIN • NICOLAS STOCKER • JOEL GILARDINI • TIMUR


Festival Ensembles 2nd Edition 2016

 

Kaleidoscope String Quartet

                            Kaleidoscope String Quartet

                            Kaleidoscope String Quartet

Ihr konsequent eingeschlagener Weg des Musizierens ohne Scheuklappen führt das Kaleidoscope String Quartet in musikalische Gefilde, in denen schubladisierende Genrezuordnungen hinfällig werden. Das KSQ setzt vielmehr in der Königsdisziplin der Klassik, dem Streichquartett, die Losung der aktuellen Welt „Alles hängt mit allem zusammen“ in ihre nie beliebige und stets aussagekräftige musikalische Sprache um. Die Kombination verschiedener Inspirationsströme führt weg von einem puristischen Verständnis der E-Musik hin zu einer von Pop-Sensibilität, Jazz- Timing und Phrasierung unterfütterten Ästhetik einer zeitgenössischen klassischen Musik. Die in Jazz und Klassik ausgebildeten Musiker finden zu einer eigenen Klangsprache, welche musikalische Grenzen auslotet und stets Verknüpfungspunkte zu anderen Genres sucht. Kantige Grooves wechseln sich mit Klangmalereien ab, und folkige Melodien stehen experimentierfreudigen Jazz-Improvisationen gegenüber. Interaktion und Spontaneität sind zentral für das Ensemble, das sich mehr als Band denn als Streichquartett sieht, alle Stücke selber komponiert und seine Performances ohne Notenständer gibt.

Im Herbst 2015 veröffentlichte das KSQ bei Traumton Records Berlin sein zweites Album, welches mit einer Konzerttournee in der Schweiz, Deutschland und Tschechien vorgestellt wurde. Die CD mit dem Titel "Curiosity" fand sowohl in der deutschen und schweizerischen Fachpresse als auch in Schweizer Tageszeitungen viel Beachtung und wurde durchweg positiv aufgenommen. „Simon Heggendorn und David Schnee schneidern optimal und passgenau auf das Ensemble abgestimmte Werke zurecht, deren musikalische Qualität beeindruckt“, schrieb Dorothea Gängel in „Jazz’n’More“. Und Uli Lemke sprach in der „Jazzthing“ von „einer hinreissenden Melange aus arrangierter und improvisierter Musik, die das Publikum mit Standing Ovations belohnt“.

Seit seiner Gründung 2009 hat das KSQ zahlreiche Konzerte in den renommiertesten Jazzclubs der Schweiz sowie an Festivals wie Cully Jazz, den Langnau Jazznights oder dem Jazzfestival Willisau gespielt. Das Quartett gastiert aber auch regelmässig bei bekannten Klassik-Konzertreihen und -Festivals wie den Murten Classics oder in der Lucerne Festival Lounge. 2012 und 2015 tourte das KSQ in Deutschland. Zudem kollaboriert das KSQ immer wieder mit anderen Künstlern und Formationen aus den Bereichen Jazz und Klassik. So war das Quartett im Januar 2016 mit dem Joe Haider Jazz Orchestra in der Schweiz und in Deutschland auf Tournee.

Mit dem Gewinn des ZKB-Jazzpreis 2012 reiht sich das KSQ in die illustre Runde von Schweizer Ensembles und Bands ein, welche auch international erfolgreich sind und das Schweizer Musikschaffen repräsentieren und nachhaltig prägen. Das Quartett beweist, dass sich auch ein traditionellerweise „klassiches“ Instrumentarium durchaus mit den Grössen des Jazz aufnehmen kann: „Noch nie in der Geschichte des ZKB Jazzpreises gab es einen Sieger, der sich mit einer solchen Souplesse den Preis erspielt hätte." (Tagesanzeiger Zürich)

 

Das Kaleidoscope String Quartet besteht aus:

Simon Heggendorn, Violine & Komposition

Ronny Spiegel, Violine

David Schnee, Viola & Komposition

Solme Hong, Cello

 

Ensemble This | Ensemble That

ET | ET

ET | ET

Different nationalities, different languages, different ages – exactly as the name reads. ‘This’ and ‘That’ reflects the continually changing nature of the percussionists art. Drums or Balloons, it is a bit of everything.

It began perhaps with percussion repertoire, but evolved to multi-media performances like the “Beleuchtend” project, and found yet another a style leaning towards theater- from installation concerts with Jürg Frey and Michael Pisaro to a collaborative concert series (FlatterSOUND) pointing to the creative, yet fluctuating interests of four twenty-first-century performers.

ET / ET has performed at the Lucerne Festival (Lucerne, Switzerland), TzlIl Meudcan (Tel Aviv, Israel), Blurred Edges (Hamburg, Germany), Trugschluss (Frankfurt, Germany), Instalakcje (Warsaw, Poland), Culturescapes (Basel, Switzerland), Festival Carola Bernola (Vittoria, Spain) , Percussione Temporanea (Reggio Emilia, Italy), as well alongside the Percussions de Strasbourg (Strasbourg France). In 2015, ET|ET was named “Artist in Residence” at the Musikfestival Bern, in Bern, Switzerland. Their concert series, “Flattersound,” features 4 curated concerts with guests from the Winter of 2015 to the Summer of 2016.

ET | ET is:

Brian Archinal, percussion

Victor Barceló, percussion

Miguel Ángel García Martín, percussion

Bastian Pfefferli, percussion

 

 

A&O Ensemble (CH)

A&O Ensemble performing at Ynight Zurich ©Christian Clavadetscher

A&O Ensemble performing at Ynight Zurich ©Christian Clavadetscher

Das A&O Ensemble ist ein hybrides Ensemble, das 2012 in der Schweiz gegründet wurde, um klassische und neue post-genre Musik in alternativen Aufführungssituationen zu spielen. In der Ynight-Klassik im Klub Serie in Zürich, Basel und Bern umfasste das A&O Ensemble bisher Musiker und Musikerinnen wie Vilde Frang, Violine, David Orlowsky, Klarinette, Julien Quentin und Michael Wendeberg, Klavier, Elektronikproduzent Feldermelder, Studierende der Hochschule für Musik der Musik-Akademie Basel und ein Pool der profiliertesten Schweizer Kammermusiker. 

The A&O Ensemble is a hybrid ensemble founded in Switzerland in 2012 to perform classical and new post-genre music in alternate performance settings. In the Ynight-Classical in Club series in Zurich, Basel and Bern, the A&O Ensemble so far included musicians such as violinist Vilde Frang, clarinetist David Orlowsky, pianists Julien Quentin and Michael Wendeberg, electronic music producer Feldermelder, students of the Basel Conservatory and a pool of the most prolific Swiss chamber musicians.

 

A&O musicians at the Apples & Olives Festival 2016: 

Marlies Van Gangelen, Englischhorn

Marcin Domagala, Klarinette

Matthias Mueller, Bassklarinette

Oswin Carruido, Fagott

Tomas Gallart, Horn

Andres Alonso, Tuba

 

"Best of the Year: Wieso ist Klassik nicht immer so ungekünstelt echt, so zeitgemäss? " Züritipp, December 2013

 

"Die Ynight ist genau das, was in der Schweizer Konzertlandschaft gefehlt hat." Tagesanzeiger Zürich, Februar 2013

 

 

Perforator feat. Backbone

Marlies van Gangelen

Marlies van Gangelen

Five Dutch musicians started the experimental ensemble Perforator to explore creative music making. 

Instead of playing fully written out compositions the ensemble commissioned six international composers to contributing musical backbones to this project. A backbone is a musical creative starting point and can for e.g. be: a groove, chord sequence, a melody or set of instructions etc. The only restriction is: 1 backbone has to fit on one A4 paper.

These backbones will function as building blocks in a one-hour improvisation by the ensemble. Every concert Perforator will use them in a different way and order them differently. It's our aim to search for extremes during the improvisation: from mellow, dreamy landscapes to heavy grooves, from big electronic gestures to fragile acoustic chamber music moments. With the contributions of several creative composers the Perforator will build a unique architecture every performance.    

 

The Band: Perforator

Marlies van Gangelen, Oboe/Cor Anglais, delta harp + effects

Bram van Sambeek, Bassoon + effects

Aart Strootman, Electric guitar + effects

Ernst Glerum, Double bass and synth

Akim Moiseenkov, Joystick and other electronics

 

Composers:

Greg Saunier (Deerhoof)

Julia Holter

Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond)

Judd Greenstein

Daniel Wohl

Nik Bärtsch

 

 


Artists

Saskia Lankhoorn

Saskia Lankhoorn © Elisabeth Melchior

Saskia Lankhoorn © Elisabeth Melchior

The versatile Dutch pianist Saskia Lankhoorn is an active soloist and chamber musician in the contemporary music scene. Originally from Almere, the Netherlands, Saskia Lankhoorn received her Bachelors and Masters from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, under the guidance of Marcel Baudet and Naum Grubert, and also studied with Rudolf Jansen at the Academie de Villecroze in France, and shortly with Elza Kolodin in France and Freiburg. She won first prize in the National Prinses Christina Competition in 1998 and was a finalist in the Royal Concertgebouw’s 58th Vriendenkrans Competition in 2007, where her duo was honored with both the Press Prize and the Audience Award.
Her dedication to performing contemporary music dates from early age; 1995 marked her first appearance on national radio, playing Arnold Schönberg’s Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke. Saskia performs with the Asko|Schönberg ensemble and ELECTRA, and has premiered new works with her trans-Atlantic piano duo X88 with Canadian pianist Vicky Chow. She is a co-founder of Ensemble Klang, which has performed in festivals worldwide such as the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Cultural Olympiad UK 2012 and Sonic Festival in New York City
 Her critically acclaimed solo concerts combine new art music with a strong performance and sound concept, and strive to immerse the audience in a new sound world. In spring 2014 she presented the solo program ‘Chords & Cables’, exploring the external sound possibilities of the instrument through combining the piano with electronic and prepared sounds. Saskia performs throughout the Netherlands in venues such as the Concertgebouw and Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam, as well as Symphony Space NY in the USA.
 October 2014 marked the release of ‘Dances & Canons,’ Saskia Lankhoorn’s first solo CD on ECM Records, featuring a suite of solo piano works by Kate Moore. In 2014-2015 Saskia embarks on an international CD release tour of ‘Dances & Canons,’ performing a solo show featuring a striking light and sound design.
 Saskia is a teacher at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

 

 

Whitcher & Stocker

Marena Whitcher & Nicolas Stocker © Andrea Ebener

Marena Whitcher & Nicolas Stocker © Andrea Ebener

Das Zürcher Surrealism-Pop-Duo Whitcher & Stocker konzentriert sich auf die zwei archaischsten Elemente der Musik: Stimme und Schlagzeug. Das Klangbild wird mit Gitarre, Synthesizer und zahlreichen Toys angereichert. Verdreht im elektronischen Kosmos, geben sich auftürmende Klangwände und entrückte Flüsterechos die Hand.  

Seit fünf Jahren teilen Multiinstrumentalistin Marena Whitcher (mehrfache Musikpreisträgerin) und Schlagzeuger Nicolas Stocker (u.a. bekannt durch Nik Bärtsch´s Mobile) in verschiedensten Formationen die Bühne. In der Zusammenarbeit bei Marena Whitchers Shady Midnight Orchestra entdeckten sie ihren Hang zum Mystischen, dem Surrealen und der rohen Urgewalt. Auch die Liebe für ausgefallene Sounds zählt zu ihren verbindenden Visionen und so begannen sie im Winter 2015 im Duo an ihrer eigenen Sprache zu forschen. Von der Dunkelheit umgarnt und der Ironie geküsst, kreieren sie ihre ureigenen Welten.

 

 

Anja Lechner & François Couturier

Anja Lechner& François Couturier © ECM Nadia Romanini

Anja Lechner& François Couturier © ECM Nadia Romanini

Die musikalische Affinität zwischen Anja Lechner und François Couturier ist durch ihre gemeinsamen Konzerte und Einspielungen mit dem Tarkovsky Quartet und Il Pergolese jedem Zuhörer längst deutlich geworden. In ihrem neuen Duo Projekt Moderato cantabile, das bei ECM New Series als CD erschienen ist, spannen die deutsche Cellistin und der französische Pianist einen noch weiteren musikalischen Bogen, indem sie Stücke von G.I. Gurdjieff, Federico Mompou und Komitas, aber auch eigene Kompositionen Couturiers spielen. Neue Arrangements, freie Interpretation und Improvisation zeichnen ihre Ergründung eines Repertoires aus, das metaphorisch aber auch musikgeschichtlich beim Aufeinandertreffen von Orient und Okzident ansetzt.

François Couturier hat lange Jahre mit Anouar Brahem gespielt und sich dabei tiefes Wissen über orientalische Melodik und arabische Rhythmik angeeignet. Und Anja Lechner hat sich intensiv in Gurdjieffs Klangwelt vertieft. So hat ihr von Kritik und Publikum gelobtes Erfolgsalbum „Chants, Hymns and Dances“ (mit Vassilis Tsabropoulos) das Studium von Gurdjieffs Musik in seinem armenischen Heimatland beeinflusst.

 

Pressestimmen:
Beide haben die Tugend des Aufeinanderhörens weit entwickelt. Sie spielen keinen Ton zu viel, sie greifen in improvisierten Passagen sparsam, aber pointierend ein. Sie horchen lange nach und achten mikroskopisch auf die Entwicklung von nuancierenden Klangfarben, auf die dynamische Gestaltung.
Hans-Jürgen Linke, FAZ

Über allem schwebt die Leichtigkeit und Momenthaftigkeit der Improvisation, während beide Musiker ihr Können optimal in Szene setzen und ihre klanglichen Grenzen ausprobieren können. […] ‚Moderato cantabile‘ ist wirklich hörenswert – und genau das Richtige für trübe Herbsttage.
Nele Freudenberger, WDR

Combining Lechner’s classical ear with Couturier’s jazz background, the album makes for a unique listen […] They delicately handle various compositions from Komitas Vardapet, G.I. Gurdjieff and Federico Mompou, in addition to original pieces from Couturier. These new works provide interesting, contrasting elements to the rest of the album […] Lechner’s own brilliant ability does not fade behind Couturier’s expert composition; instead her instrument leads the melody as a voice carrying a song. ‘Moderato cantabile’ is a celebration of composers on the edge of music history, perfectly melding influences from the East with contemporary intuition.
Hannah Clugston, Aesthetica

What is most remarkable about this recording, by turns melancholically beautiful and mischievously playful, is how diverse yet homogeneous it is, in particular when the duo brings together pieces by Gurdjieff—that renegade for whom musical exercises were created spontaneously for loftier ideals at his Institute for the Harmonious Development of Man in the 1920s, documented and developed by his assistant, Thomas Alexandrovich de Hartmann, into more fully realized compositions—and Mompou, late in the program […] Dark and dancing, mysterious and implicitly beautiful, Lechner and Couturier capture ‘Moderato cantabile's’ meaning—‘moderately and melodiously’—with unfailing empathy to create a deeper understanding of this music than words could ever articulate.
John Kelman, All About Jazz

 

Loney Dear

Loney Dear

Loney Dear

Emil Svanängen born 1979 is a Swedish musician and composer working under the pseudonym Loney dear.

Originating from the dark winters and light summer nights of Scandinavia, his music captures heavy emotions and intense energies of something painfully beautiful. In his thought through albums he explores the concept of music itself – through making, releasing and performing.

Emil’s music consists of perfectly composed layers, recorded (one by one) by himself and often performed like that, just by him, his expressive voice and a bunch of instruments. Casually he engineers an entire concert alone, playing sounds with his feet while juggling a bass drum and still being very much present in that moment. Perfection mixed with vibrating flaws makes his music easy to take in and hard to let go.

Spanning over the tiniest detail to grand gestures, linking both to the basic traditions of songs to the great masters. Sometimes Loney Dear grows into a band, letting us play with even more instruments and bigger sounds.

Intrigued in his early childhood by his first synthesizer and the music of Kraftwerk, A-ha and Brian Eno (+jazz, +classical), Emil still plays around with every instrument in any genre he feels like. No one seems quite able to label him – some call it chamber pop, but he’s simply best described as himself.

Emil still gets big kicks out of new instruments, and lately he’s been given orchestras and huge organs to play with which opens for a new chapter of bringing layering and sequencing into the classical world.

Born in the Swedish town of Jönköping, Sweden, Emil works mostly from a house in the country side, still recording everything at home.

Since 2003 Loney Dear has released seven albums, including releases on record labels Sub Pop, Parlophone and the self-own Dear John Recordings, and since 2006 touring around the world together with musicians like Andrew Bird among others.

 

 

David T. Little

David T. Little

David T. Little

David T. Little is “one of the most imaginative young composers” on the scene, a “young radical” (The New Yorker), with “a knack for overturning musical conventions” (The New York Times). His operas Soldier Songs (Prototype Festival) and Dog Days (Peak Performances/Beth Morrison Projects) have been widely acclaimed, “prov(ing) beyond any doubt that opera has both a relevant present and a bright future” (The New York Times). Recent/upcoming works include Ghostlight—ritual for six players for eighth blackbird/The Kennedy Center, AGENCY (Kronos Quartet), CHARM (Baltimore Symphony/Marin Alsop), Hellhound (Maya Beiser), Haunt of Last Nightfall (Third Coast Percussion), the opera JFK with Royce Vavrek (Fort Worth Opera/American Lyric Theater), a new opera commissioned by the MET Opera/Lincoln Center Theater new works program, and the music-theatre work Artaud in the Black Lodge with Outrider legend Anne Waldman (Beth Morrison Projects). His music has been heard at Carnegie Hall, LA Opera, the Park Avenue Armory, the Bang On A Can Marathon, and elsewhere. Educated at University of Michigan and Princeton, Little is co-founder of the annual New Music Bake Sale, has served as Executive Director of MATA, serves on the Composition Faculty at Mannes-The New School and Shenandoah Conservatory, and is Composer-in-Residence with Opera Philadelphia and Music-Theatre Group. The founding artistic director of the ensemble Newspeak, his music can be heard on New Amsterdam and Innova labels. He is published by Boosey & Hawkes.

 

Joel Gilardini

Joel Gilardini © Alexander Schäfer

Joel Gilardini © Alexander Schäfer

Joel Gilardini is an experimental guitarist and sound researcher, based in Zurich/Switzerland. He's involved in various projects, touching diverse musical aspects and attitudes, ranging from live-ambient-loops to experimental metal moods (The Land Of The Snow) and up to avantgarde-industrial vibes (Mulo Muto, Black Machineries). Since 2012 Joel plays as a solo‐performer and opening‐act for Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin on regular basis at Exil. During the A&O Festival he will support all 3 evenings with his well known live ambient sets.

 

 

Timur

Timur

Timur

TIMUR, “extravagantly transgressive tenor” with a “stratospheric voice” (Los Angeles Times), is a noted Kazakh-American interpreter of contemporary and cross-cultural music. He has made solo appearances with Los Angeles Philharmonic, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Sarasota Opera, Long Beach Opera, Utah Opera, Sazgen-Sazy Ensemble, Santa Cecilia Academy, PROTOTYPE Festiva, Opera Boston, Spoleto Festival dei Due Mondi, Victoria Symphony, Oregon Mozart Players, Kazakhstan Mime Theater Artishock, Astana Philharmonic, Palace of the Arts Budapest (MUPA), American Repertory Theater, The Industry LA and Beth Morrison Projects, among many others; at the Hollywood Bowl, Redcat Theater, Berlin Konzerthaus, Weill Recital Hall, Zellerbach Hall, BAM and Walt Disney Concert Hall. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “sybaritic delight", Timur collaborated with many American celebrated contemporary composers, including Thomas Adès (Powder Her Face), Evan Ziporyn (A House in Bali, Oedipus, F.A.Q.), Anne LeBaron (Crescent City, Silent Steppe Cantata), David T. Little (Artaud in the Black Lodge), Mohammed Fairouz (Pierrot), Matt Marks (Strip Mall), Silvano Bussotti (Silvano Sylvano), Anthony Davis (Revolution of Forms), the late Gian-Carlo Menotti (Orpheus), Meyer Kupferman (In a Garden), Veronika Krausas (Lady M), Peter Eötvös (Snatches of Conversations), Tobias Picker (An American Tragedy); and film composers Charles Bernstein, Joel Goldsmith, and Nick Urata. He will make his debut with Los Angeles Opera in the world premiere of David Lang’s Anatomy Theater in 2016.

In addition to his work in contemporary opera music, Timur regularly performs with his glam-rock band, Timur & the Dime Museum. The band performed on America’s Got Talent, opened for Tiger Lilies, actor Jack Black, Prince Poppycock, band DeVotchKa and closely collaborated with Klaus Nomi songwriter, Kristian Hoffman. The band was also featured in the opera Zoophilic Follies by Daniel Corral; the Industry LA production of Crescent City; and in NYC as part of the PROTOTYPE festivals in 2013 and 2015, at Joe’s Pub and HERE Arts Center, produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Most recently, Timur and the Dime Museum created and produced a critically-acclaimed project COLLAPSE with performances at Redcat Theater in Los Angeles, Miami Light Project and Operadagen Rotterdam. A collaboration with producer Beth Morrison, LA fashion label Bohemian Society and video artist Jesse Gilbert, COLLAPSE tells a story of man-made environmental disasters in the form Requiem. COLLAPSE received its NY premiere as part of the prestigious Next Wave Festival 2015 at BAM.

Profiled in LA Weekly’s special edition of BEST OF LA PEOPLE 2011, Timur has closely collaborated with Anne LeBaron on a large-scale musical project about Kazakhstan, Silent Steppe Cantata, which premiered in Almaty in 2010 and Astana in 2011, with future performances in the US in 2017. He regularly appears as a guest singer with the band DeVotchKa. His voice can be heard on the soundtrack of the Hollywood film “Ruby Sparks”, released by Fox Searchlight, and on a variety of recordings by Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, -ANTI, innova, and Milan Records. He is a faculty member at the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts and Hawaii Performing Arts Festival. Since 2011, he serves as an advisor to the New England Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Musician program.

For more information: theoperaoftimur.com and timurandthedimemuseum.com