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Refuse Collection — Tell it to the stones

Ming Tsao

The Berlin Academy of Arts is holding a two month Huillet/Straub retrospective, including the filmmaker duo’s Schoenberg films in aSchönberg-week“. The Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin under the baton of Stefan Schreiber is performing two pieces, Ming Tsao’s “Refuse Collection” and Tsao’s arrangement of Schoenberg’s “Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene”. The performance includes a screening of the 1973 Huillet/Straub film “Einleitung zu Arnold Schoenbergs Begleitmusik zu einer Lichtspielszene”.
(Performance material by NGB)

Red Commotion

Arsenal

On Sunday, 12th of November, the Komische Oper Berlin is screening the silent movie “Arsenal” (Ukraine, A. Dowschenko, 1929).
Alexander Grebtschenko has composed a new music to be played live by the Orchester der Komischen Oper under the direction of Frank Strobel.
(performance materials by NGB)

Rebecca Saunders, “Nether”

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During the Musikfest Berlin Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Enno Poppe and the Ensemble Musikfabrik will premiere a 70 minute new work for soprano and “spatialised ensemble” called “YES”! There are twentyfive modules in total and number 24 “Nether” forms the core ensemble section based on the monologue of Molly Bloom from Ulysses by James Joyce.
(copy editing and performance materials by NGB)

August in London

Royal Albert Hall

Stepha Schweiger‘s stage work “The Mark on the Wall” based on Virginia Woolf’s short story will be premiered concertante on the 13. August in London at the “tête-à-tête”-opera festival. Impressions from a previous version can be seen on YouTube.
(We worked on the performance materials and an audio synthesis.)

During this year’s “Proms” a studio album, “Passages” from 1990 which combined the minimalist music of Philip Glass with Pandit Ravi Shankar’s sitar and the traditions of Hindustani classical music will receive its first complete live performance. The recording as well as manuscript sketches served as the basis for the reconstruction of the Shankar scores. The Britten Sinfonia under Karen Kamensek will be joined by Ravi Shankar’s daughter, sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar for this premiere.

Ming Canons

© Edition Peters, 2017

“Der Sommer in Stuttgart” features “Das wassergewordene Kanon-Buch” by Ming Tsao. The work comprises twenty canons written for six singers of the “Neue Vokalsolisten” and adopts the formal structure of J.S. Bach’s puzzle canons, uses texts by Paul Celan, and refers to Shakespeare and the natural sounds of Iceland.
(performance materials by NGB)