Fantastic Arditti Quartet & Jack Quartet gave a masterful world premiere of Indigo, for double string quartet at Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.
Indigo is a deep blue dye, after which the color that is between blue and violet in spectrum is named. At the same time, "indigo" is the word for carbon paper in Serbian. These both meanings are reflected in my piece - as this music is always "in between": between two colors, two characters. The sound landscape is always flickering, but it is still quiet. The spills of the material can be seen as light refraction and reflection, but also as two imperfect carbon paper penetrations / imprints.
It was such a delightful, inspiring and a challenging task to write a mulitple string quartet - that is, two quartets, which could be performed both separately and as an octet in superposition (in which case they are standing vis-à-vis at left and right galleries of a hall, while the audience is in the middle. Well, imagine stereo headphones;)
Material, sounds, colours, gestures, relations - all in a rich counterpoint, not only between the four instruments within a quartet, but also almost doubled, between all the voices of the two quartets.
Beyond contrast issues, of course, it had to remain my music, although I did dive a bit more into the sound and used it semantically as well. And at the same time drove the music into a homogeneous and charged form.
Get a CD with music from this year's Wittener Tage für Neue Musik and enjoy the live recording of the premiere- these 8 incredible people rocked it!!!
Yes! My first portrait CD is finally out!
Thank you, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Teodoro Anzellotti, Truike van der Poel, Arditti Quartet, Johannes Schöllhorn and Francesco Dillon for your prodigious, inspiring and passionate performances, Barbara Eckle for your brilliant writing, Stephan Schmidt for your terrific skills and, of course, Gerardo Scheige for all your effort, patience, and commitment!!!
It's been such an enriching and joyful experience working with you all and (quite immodestly) I must say that the results are simply - wondrous!!!
Read more about it here
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Jeunesses Musicales Deutschland: Jugend komponiert @ Musikakademie Schloss Weikersheim
The masterclass for young composers, where I was teaching together with Minas Borboudakis and Philipp Vandré was one of those experiences that take your breath away and reward you with sparkling eyes: wonderful, intense (and really tiring) and trully inspiring!
The conversations, exchanges, music and immense energy and enthusiasm of these young composers assured me that the future of new music is bright, rich and colourful! But most of all - it's their immense passion for music and insatiable hunger for knowledge that were boosting our energy, joy and happynes!
Thank you for that!
I already look forward to next year!
... composes ...