The programme for the Transit debut of the young German Ensemble Interface looks certain to leave a lasting impression. It revolves around the brand-new concerto for fretless electric guitar and ensemble, written by Wieland Hoban especially for the talents of guitarist Nico Couck. Composer Maya Verlaak also has a Transit debut, and with a world premiere!
Wieland Hoban (premiere) / Jason Buchanan / Ashley Fure / Maya Verlaak (premiere)
Wieland Hoban was born in London in 1978. He studied composition with Isabel Mundry, Hans Zender and Gerhard Müller-Hornbach at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts. His work is performed internationally and he has worked with such groups as Ensemble SurPlus, Ensemble Mosaik and ChampdAction, as well as soloists such as Ian Pace (piano), Arne Deforce (cello) and Carin Levine (flute). In his music, he strives to achieve a multi-layered quality that reflects the ever-changing flow of our perceptions and consciousness, while pointing to something that lies beyond these and can only be hinted at.
Jason Thorpe Buchanan is an American composer, Artistic Director of the [Switch~ Ensemble], and Lecturer in Composition, Music Theory, and Electronic Music at the College of Music, Mahidol University in Thailand. Commissions and performances include collaborations with Alarm Will Sound, Talea Ensemble and TACETi. Honors include a Fulbright Fellowship in Hamburg, fellowships, residencies and commissions from Royaumont and the American-Scandinavian Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. from the Eastman School of Music and served as Executive and Artistic Director of various festivals. He is also a widely sought guest composer and lecturer in Hamilton College, the University of Chicago and Stanford University, among others.
Ashley Fure (°1982) is an American composer and installation artist. Her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviors of raw acoustic matter. She holds a PhD in Music Composition from Harvard University and joined the Dartmouth College Music Composition Department as Assistant Professor in 2015. A finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Music, Fure also received a Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship to France, among others.
Belgian composer Maya Verlaak (Gent, 1990) also works as performer, curator and teacher. Since obtaining her PhD in 2018, she’s been teaching composition at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Verlaak has been commissioned by ensembles such as Ensemble Klang, the London Sinfonietta and Apartment House, but also by festivals such as Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and London Contemporary Music Festival. Since 2016, Maya Verlaak has been curator of Post-Paradise in Birmingham, a concert programme that she set up as a platform for young composers.
Nico Couck received his Master’s Degree in Guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in 2013, where he’s now teaching guitar and chamber music himself. Since 2010 he has been awarded several prizes, among which by Radio Klara, Laboratorium and the Logos Foundation. Couck has been invited to play at great concert venues in Europe, Asia, the United States and South America, and has featured at Warschau Autumn, Acht Brücken Köln and Cité de la Musique Paris among others. He’s also shared the stage with ensembles such as ChampdAction, HERMESensemble and Nadar Ensemble. Throughout his career, he’s premiered works by composers such as Oscar Bianchi, Chaya Czernowin, Johannes Kreidler, Stefan Prins, Simon-Steen Andersen and Serge Verstockt.
Ensemble Interface is an international collective of musicians founded in 2009 in Frankfurt am Main. The ensemble is committed to contemporary music through performance, educational activities and research. As a ‘Pierrot-plus’ sextet, they’ve taken on the challenge of a wide-ranging repertoire, while offering new perspectives for this classical set-up. Risk-taking and experimetation are crucial to their artistic process, and they interface this framework with everything they’re dedicated to: new and existing works, as well as interactions with artistic partners and audiences.