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


19 hours ago

Tomorrow 💥 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒂𝒔 by Yair KlartagABO 3: MUSIC OF THE SEFIRAS🗓️17.APRIL | 20:00📍E-Werk Freiburg: Eschholzstr.77E-WERK FreiburgWe spent the last days recording 🎙️𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒂𝒔 in the Ensemblehaus 🧡Tomorrow is concert time ⭐💫🤩🌠 𝑴𝒖𝒔𝒊𝒄 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑺𝒆𝒇𝒊𝒓𝒂𝒔With Music of the Sefiras, Ensemble Recherche presents a suite of historically-informed "reconstructions" of the music of the obscure 17th century Jewish composer Moshe Najara, who lived in present-day Israel. The music is accompanied by audio recordings of a lecture on Najara's work by Prof. Gerhard Ginat from 1968. 📚The plot twist? 🤯🤯🎶 Moshe Najara and Gerhard Ginat never existed. The lecture is an ingenious new composition by an artificial intelligence using the voice of the religious historian Gershom Sholem. The music and text were written by the Israeli composer Yair Klartag. He created Moshe Najara as a blueprint for a Jewish musician's reaction to the political, religious and social upheavals in the Ottoman Empire - and also in the present day.🎫 🎟️ 🎫 🎟️ 🎫 Tickets via reservix.deENSEMBLE RECHERCHEAnja Clift, fluteEduardo Olloqui, oboeShizuyo Oka, clarinetKlaus Steffes-Holländer, pianoChristian Dierstein, percussionMelise Mellinger, violinSofia von Atzingen, violaÅsa Akerberg, violoncello&Karsten Zimmermann, sound directionSupported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung#yairklartag #contemporarymusic #neuemusik #composer #elektronischemusik #performance #kammermusik #ernstvonsiemensmusikstiftung ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival | A SONG OF SALT AND WATER 🌊Teaser! 🐙🐠🦞🦑🐚A SONG OF SALT AND WATER is Ensemble Recherche's participatory and inclusive family concert presented at the ACHT BRÜCKEN Festival this May! We are thrilled to bring this underwater journey to Cologne with two concerts! 🪸We are also happy to announce that this concert is suitable for the hearing impaired 🎼So mark your calendars and join us 🗓️More info:A SONG OF SALT AND WATER 🤿Prepare to dive into a fascinating underwater world! As your senses adjust to this new environment, a vibrant ecosystem of marine plants and animals begins to emerge around you. But hold on tight - before you know it, it will be time to go even deeper! A Song of Salt and Water is a musical adventure to hear, see and touch, without the use of verbal language... after all, underwater communication is only possible through gestures, signs, lights - and, of course, music!🗓️ SAT 11. May | 11:00 🗓️ SAT 11. May | 15:00 📍Alte Feuerwache Köln, BühneAlte Feuerwache KölnWorks byMads Emil Dreyer & Kristine TjøgersenDream TeamMiriam Götz | scenography Tim Abramczik | sound controlCharlotte Morache | costume design Natalie Stark | lightingChristine Löbbert | integration consultingJulian Kämper | dramaturgyEnsemble Recherche Anja Clift | fluteEduardo Olloqui | oboeShizuyo Oka | clarinetKlaus Steffes-Holländer | pianoChristian Dierstein | percussionAdam Woodward | violinSofia von Atzingen | violaÅsa Åkerberg | celloSupported by Kunststiftung NRW#underthesea #contemporarymusic #diversity #inclusion #familyconcert ... See MoreSee Less
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