New International Composersim Southbank Center und der Alten Oper Frankfurt
On January 19, 2019, Ensemble Modern is conducted by Vimbayi Kaziboni at the Southbank Centre in London, where it gives two concerts: a portrait concert of Rebecca Saunders and the concert ›New International Composers‹ featuring works by young composers from the USA, Iran, Slovenia, Germany and Turkey. While Ashley Fure plays with the interrelation of matter and form in ›Feed Forward‹, Anahita Abbasi creates a dialogue between sounds, sound sources and the audience in her work ›Situation II / Dialogue‹. The tennis aficionado Vito Žuraj, on the other hand, often incorporates elements of this sport in his compositions, and this is also the case in ›Runaround‹, in which soloists and instrumental groups spread throughout the space seem to pass off musical volleys among each other. In ›Die Häutung des Himmels‹, Martin Grütter has created energetic chamber music with sound effects like a musical saw and remote percussion, and Zeynep Gedizlioğlu multiplies a melody which is thousands of years old into the vertical in ›Kesik‹ (Cut). The works by Ashley Fure, Anahita Abbasi and Zeynep Gedizlioğlu will also be performed during the Ensemble Modern subscription concert at the Alte Oper Frankfurt on January 21, 2019 – combined with a new composition by Birke Bertelsmeier and Rebecca Saunders’ ›Skin‹. Once again, this demonstrates how profoundly the education activities of the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA) influence Ensemble Modern’s own projects: Vito Žuraj, Martin Grütter, Birke Bertelsmeier and Vimbayi Kaziboni are all graduates of IEMA’s master degree course and have maintained their direct artistic contact with Ensemble Modern beyond their time as Academy fellows.