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ensemble mosaik

As a particularly diverse and experimental formation, ensemble mosaik has developed into a renowned ensemble for contemporary music since its founding in 1997.Its members are not just characterized by their instrumental skills, but also by their creative individuality and willingness to experiment. In the course of many years of cooperation, they have created an orchestra with a distinctive profile; it demonstrates an openness towards the most varied concepts of contemporary music at the highest artistic level.

The ensembles’ activities are influenced by a close cooperation with composers of a young and up-and-coming generation and the inclusion of digital media in the areas of composition, interpretation and presentation. An egalitarian approach to an exchange with all protagonists involved in a concert project is the preferred method. By opening up the work processes, creativity is concentrated and intensified. The ensemble has been working with numerous composers for many years, thus making it possible to develop music over the long-term in a collective process.

A special emphasis in the ensemble’s artistic work lies in approaching performance practice in new ways - for example, by including scenic and visual elements in concert projects and testing new concert forms. ensemble mosaik develops thematic programs and concert series that reflect on individual works in a larger context, focus current trends and test new ideas. In cooperation with artists from other disciplines or musical genres, the concerts themselves become experiments.

In its two-part concert project audible interface, the ensemble investigates the functions and consequences of using computers for digital sound creation and reproduction in the creative processes of composition and interpretation. In the serien/studien/etüden series, the composers’ workshops and experimental spaces are brought on stage, and the three-year project open_sources turned the open source principle as a participatory compositional process into a musical program. In the Sichtbare Musik concert series, the ensemble dealt with traditional concert rituals by integrating visual aspects of a live concert into the program design and performance practice. In SYNTHETICS, ensemble mosaik explored the potential on the borderline between contemporary music and other genres. The ensemble celebrated its 15th anniversary with a two-day concert project called perspective matters; together with the film artist duo Distruktur and the director Thomas Fiedler, it staged the possibilities inherent in different auditory perspectives on a musical, visual and dramaturgic level. As a further development of this cooperation, the transduction - ein installatives Konzertprojekt project was developed in the summer of 2014; it approached projections and transmissions as a stock for shaping musical potential. In the same year, ensemble mosaik cooperated with Berlin dance company cie. toula limnaios for the Kommentierte Music project. By returning to the idea of staged concerts, here the ensemble expand its own interpretative perspective by inviting artists from other genres. In 2015, the project was continued with Visual Resonance - Kommentierte Musik 2 in cooperation with the curators Dorothée Kirch und Markús Þór Andrésson as well as other visual artists. The third part of the series –Spukhafte Fernwirkung - Kommentierte Musik 3 – is a collaboration with the director Thomas Fiedler (Kommando Himmelfahrt) and the actor Albrecht Hirche. It was premiered in summer 2016 in Heimathafen Neukölln.

In addition to the thematic programs, in the including… series, ensemble mosaik invites composers to join it in shaping portrait concerts that also include works by musical role models and colleagues. Featured artists have been Enno Poppe, Orm Finnendahl, Gösta Neuwirth, Rebecca Saunders, Sebastian Claren, Uros Rojko, Liza Lim and Harald Muenz, among others. In addition, a series of music theater productions were realized in which work with electronic and visual media have a central role, for example, in Die Schachtel - pantomime with music by Franco Evangelisti, Interzone (WP) with songs and images by Enno Poppe, Marcel Beyer and Anne Quirynen, Fernorchester by Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl, or a cooperation with the independent opera company NOVOFLOT.

The ensemble is invited in Germany and abroad to pass on its experience to young composers and instrumentalists, i.e., at the music schools in Hanover, Stockholm/Sweden and Nischni Nowgorod/Russia or at Harvard University in the USA. As an ensemble in residence it has been invited at Young Composers in Southeast Asia in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. In 2015 the ensemble will travel to the Fondazione Spinola Banna Per L’Arte in Italy in order to work together with young composers.

In the context of variety of network projects within Germany and Europe, ensemble mosaik is cooperating with other renowned ensembles for contemporary music. New Forum - jeune création made a cooperation possible with Champs d’Action and the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain. On a national level, ensemble mosaik developed the Ensemble Gesellschaft with the ensembles Resonanz, Recherche and ascolta, El Perro Andaluz and Das Neue Ensemble. In Berlin, it contributes to a common orchestra with the Adapter, Apparat and Sonar Quartett ensembles called Ensemblekollektiv Berlin. Along with the Ictus-Ensemble, ensemble mosaik shaped the opening event of the MaerzMusik 2015.

The ensemble performed in Europe and beyond at many of the most important contemporary music festivals. The ensemble has received many advancement awards from the Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung and played award-winner concerts for the Boris Blacher and Busoni composition prizes. Numerous radio recordings document its work. CDs have been published by Schott, col legno, Kairos, wergo, NMC Recordings and edition rz, among others.