Dear  audience

The arts and humanities of today often exhibit a particularly complex relationship with history. The impulse to challenge and reject conventional wisdom – a hallmark of the post-modernism of the late 20th century – has come to be intertwined with something that, while it cannot quite be described as nostalgia, at least carries a sense that we are all, for better or worse, exiles of the past. In other words, we have within us the capacity to think and act as past generations did, like a diaspora community that suddenly revives abandoned customs from its ancestral homeland.

As we as artists become increasingly critical of the legacies of so-called Western high culture and its institutions, it is necessary to reflect upon our relationship with history and the implications of our deep connection to it – after all, meaningful efforts to redress the lack of inclusivity that was the norm in our field for centuries are only a recent phenomenon. Our 23/24 season is therefore a contemplation on what distinguishes today from yesterday, this year from last year, this century from last century… We recognise the progress which is enriching and diversifying our musical landscape while also holding ourselves up to scrutiny and seeking to engage with criticism for the parts of history that we still carry with us.

In our Freiburg Subscriber Season, Ensemble Recherche will present five concert events which endeavour, each in a different way, to examine the echoes of the past in our creative milieu. At the heart of these projects is the desire to create a framework in which composers and sound artists of diverse backgrounds, identities and stylistic orientations may express through music their perspectives and convictions with respect to the concepts briefly touched upon above. We hope that you, our listeners, will join the conversation too!

These projects and others will of course also be presented beyond the walls of our hometown, with performances at festivals including Traiettorie, Eclat, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik and Acht Brücken. Finally, pedagogical and outreach engagements this season will see us travel to the four corners of Germany, as well as to Switzerland and Greece.

Your Ensemble Recherche


2 days ago

Bremen we are coming!The woodwind trio of ensemble recherche will perform world premieres of works created in the previous workshop by students of the composition class of the HfK Bremen as well as pieces from their repertoire!Meet us on 8.12.2023, Friday20:00KonzertsaalAtelier Neue Musik HfK Bremen Hochschule für Künste Bremen Dechanatstr. 13-15D-28195 BremenAdmission is freewith works byruach ii / Laehwang JangFünf Stücke / Mara Hebeleskapaden II / Paul Zoderdon’t fence me in / Nicolaus A. HuberMuro d’orizzonte / Salvatore SciarrinoOchres / Malika KishinoENSEMBLE RECHERCHEAnja Clift, fluteEduardo Olloqui, oboeShizuyo Oka, clarinet More information: ... See MoreSee Less
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A SONG OF SALT AND WATER 🌊 Family ConcertOur family concert A SONG OF SALT AND WATER, suitable for children from the age of 6, with and without hearing impairment, was first performed in the summer of 2023.We find ourselves underwater: with composers Kristine Tjøgersen and Mads Emil Dreyer we dive into the sound of singing schools of fish and marvel at the colorful play of the cuttlefish. But as beautiful as this underwater world is, it is also threatened: coral bleaching, plastic waste, overfishing, extinction of species... Check out our teaser if you are curious 🧐 🌊🪸🐚🦞🐠🚢This atmospheric journey into the depths of the ocean is coming to the ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival in 2024. 🪸Stay tuned for more information! ENSEMBLE RECHERCHEAnja Clift, flute Eduardo Olloqui,oboeShizuyo Oka, clarinetKlaus Steffes-Holländer, pianoChristian Dierstein, percussionAdam Woodward, violinSofia von Atzingen, violaÅsa Åkerberg, violoncelloLukas Nowok, sound directionMiria Sailer, violin (guest in 2023/teaser)Miriam Götz, stage directionCharlotte Morache Gordijn, stage and costume designNatalie Stark, lightingChristine Löbbert, Inclusion CounsellingJulian Kämper, dramaturgyVideo by Seehund Media. GmbHSupported within the framework of “Kunst trotz Abstand” of the MWK Baden-Württemberg ... See MoreSee Less
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