It looks like an obstacle course: while the musicians are trying to play a piece by Beethoven, their instruments are being taken apart. A bit farther away with Lisa Streich, a motorised cello seems to be living a life of its own. The Russian com- poser Alexander Chernyshkov also plays with motors in his new work, but these have a dialogue with four musicians. Michael Maierhof will unfold another buzzing circus with the lead role played by prepared electric toothbrushes. The audience is free to wander about in the sea of sound like they can in a museum.
Alexander Chernyshkov (premiere) / Simon Steen-Andersen: In spite of, and maybe even therefore / Lisa Streich: Pietà (premiere) / Michael Maierhof: Schwingende Systeme, B
Coproduction: Concertgebouw Brugge
Intro: Klaas Coulembier, 19:45
Simon Steen-Andersen (b.1976) is a Berlin-based composer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between instrumental music, electronics, video and performance within settings ranging from symphony orchestra and chamber music (with and without multimedia) to stagings, solo performances and installations. The works from the last 6-7 years concentrates on integrating concrete elements in the music and emphasizing the physical and choreographic aspects of instrumental performance. The works often include amplified acoustic instruments in combination with sampler, video, simple everyday objects or homemade constructions.
Simon Steen-Andersen studied composition with Karl Aage Rasmussen, Mathias Spahlinger, Gabriel Valverde and Bent Sørensen in Aarhus, Freiburg, Buenos Aires and Copenhagen 1998-2006. Since 2008 Simon Steen-Andersen is a lecturer of composition at the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus, Denmark, in 2013-2014 he was visiting professor at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo and in 2014 he was lecturer at the Darmstädter Ferienkursen für neue Musik.
Michael Maierhof is a German composer based in Hamburg. He studied
mathematics and music in Kassel and art history and philosophy in Hamburg.
Maierhof has been writing non-pitch organized music since the early nineties
and working with instruments, objects, video, preparations, applications,
oscillating systems and motors. He was an invited lecturer at Trinity College
in Dublin, among others and has co-founded the “stock11” artist network.
Alexander Chernyshkov is a composer, performer and improviser. He graduated in composition at the University of Music and Performing arts in Vienna. His works are performed by ensembles such as musikFabrik, Nike land MCME and at (improvisation) music festivals throughout Russia and Europe. Chernyshkov builds his own acoustic wind instruments using long tubes as well as motors, relays and electromagnets to produce vibrations.
Lisa Streich, born in Norra Råda, Sweden in 1985, studied Composition and Organ in Berlin, Stockholm, Salzburg, Paris and Cologne. Her works have been performed in Sweden, Germany, Israel, France, Japan, Canada and the US among other countries, by various great orchestras and ensembles. She’s been awarded many prizes and scholarships, such as the Bernd Alois Zimmermann Prize. A Portrait CD was released in April 2018 at the label WERGO/Edition zeitgenössische Musik.
ensemble was founded by several young musicians with a passion for contemporary
music in 2006. The ensemble has payed at the most important festivals abroad,
amongst which the Ferienkurse in Darmstadt and SWR Donaueschingen Musiktage. In
its home country, Nadar is firmly anchored in its hometown of Sint-Niklaas. From 2017 to 2021 Nadar is
Artist-in-residence at Concertgebouw Brugge and will frequently work together
with deSingel and Klara Festival.