A busy month for Clangs

MaerzMusik 2014

On Wednesday, 20 March, Ensemblekollektiv Berlin are performing my Clangs at this year’s MaerzMusik. It is part of their first ever concert and features alongside works by Hanna Eimermacher, Ondrej Adámek, Sergej Newski, and Samir Odeh-Tamimi.

This work seems to be taking on a life of its own: there will be another chance to hear it next month at MATA in New York played by the Talea Ensemble (18 April) and in a year’s time at ECLAT as part of a prizewinners’ concert for the Kompositionspreis der Landeshauptstadt Stuttgart, which recently awarded Clangs second prize.

I hope to see some friendly faces at these concerts!

Stipendium Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen

“Schöppingen hat’s”

From February to July 2014, I am a composer in residence at the Künstlerdorf Schöppingen.

During this time I will be finishing The people here go mad. They blame the wind, a piece written for Trio Catch that will be premiered at the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik in May 2014. At the same time, I will be starting my new large ensemble piece, Intent on Resurrection — Spring or Some Such Thing, a commission from the Festival d’Automne à Paris, which will be premiered at the Cité de la Musique, in Paris, by the Ensemble Intercontemporain. Both pieces are inspired by the poems of Irish writer Dorothy Molloy.

I am grateful to the Stiftung Künstlerdorf Schöppingen for allowing me to work in such great conditions!

Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik

Bludenz (from Wikipedia)

I am happy and thrilled to announce I will be the artistic director of the Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik for the next two years. The festival takes place over a weekend every autumn and earlier directors have included Wolfram Schurig and Georg Friedrich Haas, as well as Alexander Moosbrugger who stands down at the end of this year’s festival. A local news report on the handover can be read here.

We are busy planning next year’s festival and I look forward to being able to announce an exciting programme. Having the chance to give my contribution to contemporary music, besides composing, is a great opportunity and I will try to do my very best.

New Work for String Quartet


It seems this year is dedicated to string instruments!

Since finishing 3 sur 5, for accordion and 2 percussionists, in late January, I have been working on my first ever string quartet.

Strings are my favourite instruments, and after Limun and Clangs I thought I might be ready to finally write a string quartet. That’s why when Julia Gerlach — the head of the music section at the Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD — asked me what project I would like to develop during my residency in Berlin, I proposed a string quartet. I am already looking forward to the premiere in November with the musicians of Quatuor Diotima.

Séverine BallonIn the last few years I have had the chance to work very closely with musicians — Séverine Ballon, Barbara Maurer, Melise Mellinger and Gilles Durot amongst others — and I hope to continue in this direction. I like to shape my pieces according to the qualities of the musicians I’m working with; the music should fit them, almost like set of clothes. Besides, it gives me the chance to discover the piece step by step, and not just a week before the concert.

It is such a privilege to work with the musicians of Quatuor Diotima and I thank them all for their commitment in these projects!