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THE ENSEMBLES

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The Ensembles

Ensembles 2020

The following ensembles from different religions take part in Musica Sacra International 2020.

 

Rupert Huber and Ensemble Spinario, Austria • animism

Ensemble Spinario

Cornelia Bitzner, Doris Huber, Xenia Preeisenberger - Gesang
Donald Manuel - Semantron und Schlagzeug
Alexander Hermann - Synthesizer und Orgel
Rupert Huber - Leitung

Die Programmatik des „Ensemble Spinario“ bezieht sich auf die Figur des Dornausziehers („Lo spinario“) in Kleists Novelle „Über das Marionettentheater“. Es geht darin um den Verlust der Anmut durch Selbstreflexion beziehungsweise das Wiedererlangen der Anmut auf einer anderen Bewusstseinsebene.

Das „Ensemble Spinario“ wurde von Rupert Huber 1982 in Salzburg gegründet. Anfangs widmete es sich radikal spartenübergreifenden Konzepten, die von einer kleinen Gruppe von Komponisten, Malern, Bildhauern, Philosophen und Literaten geplant und umgesetzt wurden. Dem Werk von John Cage kam dabei eine große Bedeutung zu. Darüber hinaus wirkten ein Blechbläserensemble und ein Chor jahrelang in Theater- und Opernproduktionen der Salzburger Festspiele mit.

In den neunziger Jahren bildete das „Ensemble Spinario“ eine feste Gruppe von fünf Sängern, die sich vorwiegend der Gegenüberstellung von Werken der Epoche der Niederländer mit zahlreichen Uraufführungen lebender Komponisten widmete. Eine Reihe von Aufführungen fand in München statt, unter anderem im Gasteig, in der Akademie der Schönen Künste und im Bayerischen Rundfunk.

In einer dritten Phase praktiziert das Ensemble heute das von Rupert Huber entwickelte „Wirkungssingen“, bei dem in intensiver Zusammenarbeit mit sumnima.arts durch differenzierte Dispositionstechniken die Intuition der Mitwirkenden in die Richtung eines authentischen Melos gelenkt wird.
Wichtige Aufführungen fanden bei der Dokumenta 14 in Athen, im Radialsystem in Berlin und in der Kirche St. Rupert in München statt.

 

Rupert Huber

Der Komponist, Dirigent und Performance-Künstler Rupert Huber wurde 1953 im oberösterreichischen Innviertel geboren.

Die zwei Säulen seiner Dirigententätigkeit sind einerseits die A-Cappella-Literatur des 19. und 20 Jahrhunderts und andererseits die Neue Musik in all ihren Besetzungen und Facetten.

Davon zeugen hunderte Uraufführungen etwa von (in alphabetischer Folge): Andre, De Alvear, Brass, Cage, Caprioli, Christou, Denissow, Furrer, Globokar, G.F. Haas, K. Huber, N.A. Huber, K.Lang, Mahnkopf, Mason, Moran, Nieder, Nono, Oehring, Ospald, Pintscher, W. Rihm, Saunders, Scelsi, Smolka, Stockhausen, Uzor, Tamimi.

Er hat gearbeitet mit Klangkörpern wie: RSO-Stuttgart, Sinfonieorchester des WDR, Sienfonieorchester Freiburg-Baden-Baden, Klangforum Wien, ensemble recherche, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, ÖENM, Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Neue Vokalsolisten, SWR-Vokalensemble, WDR-Rundfunkchor Köln, Chor des BR, Konzertvereinigung Wiener Staatsopernchor.

Er dirigierte Konzerte bei: Salzburger Festspiele, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Musica Viva München, Éclat-Festival Stuttgart, FestivaldÁutomne à Paris, Festival Musica Strasbourg, NDR das neue Werk, Aspekte Salzburg, Wien Modern, RuhrTriennale, Biennale Venedig, Documenta 14 u.v.a.m.

Im Bereich der Vokalmusik tritt er seit Jahrzehnten für einen authentischen Vokalsatz ein, bzw. eine Kompositionsweise, die nicht primär instrumental orientiert ist wie in der NM seit Schönberg, sondern vielmehr die Gegebenheiten des Kehlkopfes und seiner stimmlich-mentalen Disponierbarkeit berücksichtigt.

 

http://www.rupert-huber.net/

Ars Coralis Coeln, Germany • Christianity

Ars Choralis Coeln is genuinely a local product of Cologne. The debut took place in the „Romanischen Sommer“ 2004 in Cologne. Since then the ensemble perform regularly in Cologne‘s twelve romanesque churches, but also throughout Germany, Europe and Asia.

 

The research and performance of music manuscripts from women's monasteries and music from women in the Middle Ages is the emphasis of the work. From the very beginning the repertoire has focussed on the music of Hildegard von Bingen. But as a Cologne based ensemble they perform regulary the repertoire of the nearly inexhaustible wealth of manuscripts in the Library of the Cathedral of Cologne.

 

A great number of CDs, many in co-production with the WDR, testify to the creative work of the ensemble: amongst others two CDs with the music of the Beguines, last year a CD of the Ordo Virtutum (Hildegard von Bingen) and this year a CD with the music from a manuscript of dominican nuns from the monastery Paradiese.

 

Under the direction of Maria Jonas, the ensemble also regularly develops intercultural and interreligious projects: A new important focus that has been added in recent years.

 

https://www.ars-choralis-coeln.de/english/

Pontanima, Bosnia/Herzegovina • Christianity, Judaism, Islam
Rezonans, Turkey • Islam

Founded in 2010 by Burak Onur Erdem, Rezonans has developed in a short time to become one of the most important choirs in Turkey. In addition to many concerts in their home country, the choir has performed at the festivals Europa Cantat in Pecs and Tallinn and has taken part successfully in international competitions. At the Fleischmann International Trophy Competition in Cork, Rezonans won the second prize in 2016. In 2017, the choir was awarded a third prize at the Guido Polifonico in Arezzo.

The ensemble has worked together with such famous choral conductors as Eric Whitacre, Nigel Short, Volker Hempfling and Georg Grün, as well as with such well known ensembles as the Yale Schola Cantorum, the Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Jungen Vokalensemble Hannover. By the most important music magazine in Turkey, „Andante“, Rezonans was named choir of the year in 2017 and awarded the Donizetti Classical Music Award.

In addition to performing works from the German Romantic era, the choir also concentrates its artistic activities on works from Turkish composers from the 20th and 21st centuries, including premieres of Hasan Uçarsu and Özkan Manav.

 

 

Conductor: Burak Onur Erdem

Burak Onur Erdem (*1986) at first studied political science and international relations at the Boğaziçi University. There followed studies in music theory and conducting at the Center for Advanced Studies in Music at the Technical University in Istanbul. He developed his conducting abilities at master classes, among others with Johannes Prinz, Maria Guinand, Volker Hempfling and Michael Gohl. Since 2013 Burak Onur Erdem has worked with the Turkish State Choir, becoming its Artistic Director and Chief Conductor in 2017.

As a platform for developing choral music in Turkey and the international specialist exchange of ideas, Burak Onur Erdem founded the organization Koro Kulturu. He is a member of the board and the music committee of the European Choral Association - Europa Cantat (ECA-EC) and since 2018 a member of the board of the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM).

 

www.english.rzns.org/choir

 

 

Pavel Brochin and vocal ensemble Agios, Germany • russian orthodox
Hashira, Serbia • Judaism

The Novi Sad Jewish Community Choir “Hashira” (Hebrew word “hashira” means “the song”) was founded in 1993 and since than it has been dedicated to cherish Jewish synagogal and folklore music heritage. However, the choir performs almost every kind of choral music, singing in several languages (Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Serbian, Spanish...).

It has won numerous awards at local and international festivals (Slovakia Cantat 2009; Prague 2010; Bijeljina in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2012; In Canto sul Garda, Italy 2013; 13th International Choir Competition “Antonio Vivaldi”, Greece 2015; 10th International Johannes Brahms Choir Festival and Competition, Germany 2017).

The main quality of this ensemble is variety of its members with different national and religious backgrounds. In 2016 Choir of the Jewish Community of Novi Sad, in competition with 22 individuals and institutions received the Medal for Cultural Preservation of the Cultural Institute of Vojvodina.

 

Conductor: Vesna Kesic Krsmanovic

Vesna Kesic Krsmanovic studied composition with Enriko Josif and conducting with Stanko Sepic at the Music Academy in Belgrade, and attended the conducting master classes in Siena (Italy) and Hungary (Bartok Seminary). For more than 20 years she has been conducting The Opera Choir of Serbian National Theatre (Novi Sad) and since 2003. – “Hashira”.

 

Although the town of Novi Sad is mainly known as The Exit Festival site, it is above all, a lovely multicultural and multiethnic center and the capital of North Serbian province of Vojvodina.

Renkei Hashimoto, Germany • Buddhism (Zen)
Angira Bhattacharya, India • Hinduism
Nairobi Chamber Chorus, Kenya • African Christianity
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