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Bright Darkness
Nikel plays Poppe, Cleare, Barden and Klaus Lang

Mon 16 July 2018, 19.30

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Enno Poppe: Fleisch (2017)
Ann Cleare: the square of yellow light that is your window (2013/14)
Mark Barden: witness. (2012)
Klaus Lang: bright darkness (2017) – World Premiere

Ensemble Nikel:
Yaron Deutsch (E-Guitar)
Patrick Stadler (Saxophone)
Brian Archinal (Percussion)
Antoine Françoise (Piano)

In its third guest performance in Darmstadt, Ensemble Nikel not only wanted to add something new to its program, but also sought to reflect the quartet’s artistic development and aesthetic expansion. After all, the group, which likes to call itself a band, can meanwhile look back on over ten years of work and numerous pieces that were composed especially for it. In 2010, the four musicians attracted international attention with a concert in the Orangerie, and since then Nikel has been very much in demand at many festivals. Now, eight years later, Nikel is back on the stage of the Orangerie. They are to begin with a new piece by Enno Poppe, which makes the most of the band’s special aesthetics and familiar sound. This will be followed by processes of separation and expansion: With Ann Cleare the saxophone is effectively removed from the ensemble and the performance juxtaposed to a unified trio. Mark Barden explicitly incorporates the physical presence of the musicians and includes an “organic choreography” for each of the four in a single score. After the interval Nikel will move into the garden of the Orangerie for the premiere of a new piece by Austrian composer Klaus Lang, which entails it entering unfamiliar territory: sounds that are greatly removed from one another and extreme reduction. The piece bright darkness begins exactly one hour before sunset and ends with it, so that the audience, performers and music are slowly enveloped in darkness.

Supported by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung

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