“What could a musikFabrik (music factory) be?” When asked this question, a young child answered, “That’s where they create music that hasn’t been made yet.” Ensemble musikFabrik has been commissioning new works and performing unknown music since 1991. The Cologne-based soloist ensemble plays more than 100 international concerts each year, and has built a close association with prominent conductors and composers.
musikFabrik visits us after a Fromm Foundation residency at Harvard University, where they will collaborate with Harvard’s PhD composition students in performing their latest works. The ensemble will select two pieces from the Harvard premiere to perform, providing a unique opportunity to listen in on what these young composers currently are up to.
Setting the context for these new pieces are John Cage’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra; Interference by British composer Richard Barrett, a piece for contrabass clarinet and kick-drum; and the colorful chamber music piece Paramirabo by Canadian composer Claude Vivier.
Cologne-based musikFabrik is a leading contemporary music ensemble dedicated to artistic innovation. New, unknown, unusual, and often personally commissioned works are typical of their productions. They perform in over 100 concerts a year in Germany and abroad, at festivals, in their own series “musikFabrik in WDR” and in regular radio recordings and CD productions.
Interdisciplinary projects include live electronics, dance, theater, film, literature, creative art, and chamber music, and often use open form and improvisation. They also present discussion concerts and experiment with alternative concert forms involving audience participation.
Because of their extraordinary reputation and superb artistic quality, musikFabrik is sought after worldwide and is a trusted partner of renowned composers and conductors. The ensemble’s guest list includes Mark André, Louis Andriessen, Stefan Asbury, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Péter Eötvös, Heiner Goebbels, Toshio Hosokawa, Michael Jarrell, Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Olga Neuwirth, Emmanuel Nunes, Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus), Emilio Pomàrico, Enno Poppe, Henri Pousseur, Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Rundel, Rebecca Saunders, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sasha Waltz, and Hans Zender.
Presented with support from the Goethe-Institut New York.