ABO 2: Spotted: Subsahara

Jazzhaus Freiburg Schnewlinstraße 1, Freiburg

After centuries of Europe exporting its musical heritage all over the world, the Eurocentric map is gradually being crumpled up. For example, the idea of music as an autonomous product of the mind is a European one and does not always hold up in other contexts. The Nigerian composer Ayò Olúrántí describes that music with classical […]

ABO 3: Helmut – Portrait of a friendship

Konzerthaus Freiburg Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, Freiburg

Despite all the dynamic changes that have marked Ensemble Recherche, one person has almost always belonged to it: Helmut Lachenmann. With a twinkle in his eye, the composer recently explained to our musicians the „tonlosoids“ he likes to use so much: sounds whose noisiness also subtly hides tones. While this idea is not in music […]

ABO 4: Creation / Extinction

Konzerthaus Freiburg, Rolf Böhme Saal Konrad-Adenauer-Platz 1, Freiburg im Breisgau

Joseph Haydn‘s Creation is a hymn of praise to the creation of the earth. His oratorio tells the biblical story of Genesis in joyful, jubilant tonal language. 222 years and several summer heat waves later, this music makes one rather contemplative. In a joint concert with the Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Recherche places earthly beauty in the […]

ABO 5 : Pierrot Populaire – a moon ride

E-Werk Freiburg Eschholzstr.77, Freiburg i.Br.

„The wine that one drinks with eyes / the moon pours down at night in waves.“ The first lines in Arnold Schoenberg‘s Pierrot lunaire lead the way: things go upward to the moon, and inward into the soul brimming with emotion. The poems by Albert Giraud, on which Schoenberg‘s melodrama is based, paint fever- ish […]