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Ensemble Musikfabrik plays music by Georges Aperghis (WP), Liza Lim, Harry Partch, Bethan Morgan-Williams (WP), Milica Djordjević and Rebecca Saunders

Sat 07 August 2021, 19.30
Lichtenbergschule (Große Sporthalle)

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Georges Aperghis: The Dong with a luminous nose (2019)
for piccolo solo, World Premiere – 10′
Commission of Ensemble Musikfabrik, funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Harry Partch: Castor No. 3 Incubation
from: Castor and Pollux, A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini (1952)

Harry Partch: Pollux No. 3 Incubation
from: Castor and Pollux, A Dance for the Twin Rhythms of Gemini (1952)

Bethan Morgan-Williams: Gêmdisyn
for E flat clarinet solo (2021), World Premiere – 10′

Liza Lim: The Green Lion Eats the Sun (2014)
for double bell euphonium – 8′

Harry Partch: Verse 21
from: And on the Seventh Day Petals Fell in Petaluma (1963–66)

Milica Djordjević: How to evade? (2011)
for violin and oboe – 9′

Rebecca Saunders: dust (2017/18)
for percussion solo – 25′

Soloists of Ensemble Musikfabrik:
Helen Bledsoe (Piccolo)
Peter Veale (Oboe)
Carl Rosman (Clarinet)
Melvyn Poore (Double Bell Euphonium)
Dirk Rothbrust (Percussion)
Thomas Meixner (Percussion)
Hannah Weirich (Violin)

Ensemble Musikfabrik from Cologne are constantly reinventing themselves as displayed in their numerous projects which extend beyond the borders of conventional concerts. The “MuFa” – the ensemble’s affectionate nickname within the scene – attracted particular attention with a large-scale research project on the American musical pioneer Harry Partch’s instrument collection: the composer’s entire microtonal range of instruments was specially recreated for the ensemble Musikfabrik in 2012 – musical sculptures of idiosyncratic beauty and great stage presence. This recreation project entailing the construction of over 50 instruments, some of which were sculptural, was unique across the world: string, percussion, bell and keyboard instruments alongside smaller hand instruments. In the meantime, Musikfabrik has introduced Harry Partch’s fascinating oeuvre to a wide audience and inspired numerous new compositions for these instruments in order to continue research in cooperation with the composers. Participants in various studios at the Darmstadt Summer Course 2021 will be given the opportunity of familiarizing themselves with some of these instruments in a two-day workshop. The compositions by Harry Partch on the concert program will be augmented by a duo and several compositions for solo instruments which have been composed for Musikfabrik’s various soloists.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation

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