Seven Composition Commissions

ARTE Quartet, Allschwil, Switzerland


The project bits and bites by the ARTE Quartet is spread over three years and places electronic chamber music for four wind synths (electronic wind instruments or EWIs) in the limelight. bits and bites thereby picks up on the topic of advancing digitalization in society in the 21st century.

Over the coming three years seven composition commissions will be issued with the support of the EvS Music Foundation: Christoph Ogiermann has for some time now been exploring sounds from unstable resonant circuits, produced using cassette recorders emitting feedback from each other. For bits and bites he will include live performers in oscillating circuits like this. In his piece Maximilian Marcoll will allow three of the four musicians to manipulate the control data of the fourth performer.  The result might, for instance, be one solo voice that is controlled and played by all four musicians at the same time. In his composition Orm Finnendahl explores the open source idea.

Yannis Kyriakides and Kaj Duncan David will unite sound and video with one another. As the digital data of the wind synth can be transmitted to sound, light and image sources they are particularly suited to audiovisual compositions. Michael Beil uses the output of the synths to trigger and process a video and control colors, objects or people in it. In her composition for wind synth Nadir Vassena will take us to the threshold of the visible and audible.


November 14, 2017

ZKM Karlsruhe


November 15, 2017

Neubad Lucerne


November 16, 2017

IGNM / Gare du Nord Basel


Fall 2018 and 2019



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