Progetto Positano 2018

In 2017 the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation initiated the Progetto Positano scholarship for young compo­sers. Each year the programme offers to two recipients a four-week working residence at the Wilhelm Kempff Kulturstiftung’s Casa Orfeo on the Amalfi coast in Italy. Following their residencies, works of the scholarship recipients will be presented by ensemble mosaik at a double portrait concert in Berlin. In 2018 composers Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela and Andreas Eduardo Frank were awarded the residency. The grant recipients are appointed annually by ensemble mosaik in consul­tation with the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation. It is not possible to apply.
Multimedia works by 2018 scholarship recipients Andreas Eduardo Frank and Manuel Rodríguez-Valen­zuela will be performed by the ensemble in December 2018. With his Restore Factory Defaults and a new piece for ensemble, Frank broaches the issue of interaction between reality and virtual reality, music and performance. Rodríguez-Valenzuela currently deals with intertextuality, re-interpretation of works of the past and subjective sincerity in the composing process. His 64 daily self-portraits/micro-variations on a motive of Brahms, his new ensemble piece <29> and his T(t) – Blocks D for three amplified electronic typewriters, video and objects will also be presented.
In 2017 Johan Svensson received the first of the Progetto Positano scholarships.

The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation is dedicated to contemporary music in a wide variety of ways. Alongside its annual presentation of the Ernst von Siemens Music Prize for an outstanding life’s achievement, three Composers’ Prizes are awarded per year. Furthermore, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation promotes about 150 contemporary music projects a year worldwide.

Founded in 1997, ensemble mosaik has evolved to become a particularly diverse and ex­peri­­men­tal formation in the field of contemporary music. Beyond their outstanding instrumental skills they display creative individuality and a never-ending joy in experiments. In years of tight cooperation they have created an entity of sound that is highest ranking both in artistic competence and openness to the most diverse concepts of contemporary music.
Close cooperation with up-and-coming composers and the tying in of digital media are key to the ensemble’s work in composition, interpretation and presentation. It prefers an egalitarian workflow between all participants in a project. Transparency helps focus and intensify creativity. ensemble mosaik has cooperated with many composers over the years, thus enhancing a musical development in mutuality.
A special focal point is the reflection of new approaches in performance, such as including scenic and visual elements, and the trying of new concert formats, shedding light on shared contexts connecting individual works, consolidating current strands and probing new perspectives. In cooperation with artists from other fields and musical genres, the concerts themselves become experimental designs.

Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela | 64 daily portraits

Portrait Concert Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela
& Andreas Eduardo Frank

Thursday, 13 December 2018,
8.00 pm

Heimathafen Neukölln,
Karl-Marx-Straße 141,
12043 Berlin, Germany


Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela: T(t)- Blocks D (2013–14)
for 3 amplified electric typewriters, video and objects

Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela:
64 daily self-portraits/micro-variations on a motive of Brahms (2017)
for violin, viola, violoncello and piano

Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela: <29> (parts I+II+III) (2014–18)
for ensemble and video

Andreas Eduardo Frank: Restore factory defaults (2017)
Audiovisual music theater / performance for amplified voice, electronics and video

    I. the alienation of the singer from their Gattungswesen

    II. how to exceed the speed of light

Andreas Eduardo Frank: A clap on common ground (2018)
for ensemble, electronics and video

Admission: € 12 / Concessions € 8
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ensemble mosaik
Enno Poppe – Conductor
Bettina Junge – Flute
Simon Strasser – Oboe
Christian Vogel – Clarinet
Martin Losert – Saxophone
Roland Neffe – Percussion
Ruben Mattia Santorsa – E-Guitar
Ernst Surberg – Piano
Chatschatur Kanajan – Violin
Karen Lorenz – Viola
Niklas Seidl – Cello
Arne Vierck – Sound Direction
Anne-May Krüger – Voice / Performance
Eckehard Güther – Video Technology
Domenik Engemann – Light


Scholarship Recipients 2018

Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela

Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela (*1980, Valencia, Spain) studied com­po­sition in Barcelona, Helsinki and Aarhus and attended several seminars and master classes in different coun­tries. He lives in Potsdam.
Manuel feels comfortable in the diversity, alternating between sometimes extremely different compositional techniques, instrumental resources, objects and different media. He also enjoys organizing chaos into unexpected combinations. Lately he fo­cuses on intertextuality, reinterpre­ting pieces from the past, and also on a personal idea of honesty in the process of composing.

Manuel Rodríguez-Valenzuela | <29> (parts I+II+III)

From Documentation
from the Residency:

‟During my residency at Casa Orfeo of the Wilhelm-Kempff-Kulturstiftung I primarily focused on the realisation of the <29> project. The work completed there for ensemble, video and Disklavier for my portrait concert with the CrossingLines Ensemble came about as part of the 2018 Sampler Sèries contemporary music festival in Barcelona. In the second half of my residency I was able to start on a new piece of work for large orchestra for the OBC Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya. I felt my time in Positano was extremely idyllic and tranquil and as tranquility had recently become a necessity for me, the living and working conditions there were ideal. Being able to stay at Casa Orfeo for a month was special.”

Andreas Eduardo Frank

Andreas Eduardo Frank (*1987, Nuremberg, Germany) is a composer, media artist and performer. He studied at the Würzburg Music Academy and at the Electronic Studio of the Basel Music Academy. His oeuvre is versatile and marked by close collaboration with other young musicians and artists on an international level.
In his works, Andreas explores the interface of real and virtual, of music, performance, video and theatre. His pieces are usually preceded by an overarching poetic idea, which is then con­textua­lized in the music in a manner that
may range from comical to nihilistic. Numerous of his works were performed in Europe, Asia, and America. He has won several awards for this work.

Andreas Eduardo Frank | 64 daily portraits

From Documentation
from the Residency:

“(…) A dream! So, the best prerequisites for working, if it weren’t for… the solitude! Because I realised I had never really lived alone in my life and the spacious premises with their large rooms, the wonderful view of the sea and the tranquility inherent to this place, reinforced my feelings. It was the tranquility, in particular, that caught me in its spell. (…) So when that feeling of loneliness spread in me, I thought it strange – as composers don’t really work in groups and are more used to being loners and I actually should blossom in these surroundings. (…) After a while something remarkable happened: through my activity the loneliness flipped over into creativity and self-confidence. I came back feeling extremely positive and grateful for this unique opportunity.”

Andreas Eduardo Frank, 8. November 2018

Positano is a town on the Amalfi coast in the province of Salerno in Campania, Italy.

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