The impressive effect derived solely from the humming chorus of the audience in the sold-out hall was remarkable.

Sebastian Krämer, Offenbach-Post


The audience as artist

The project ›CONNECT‹, a new pan-European initiative made possible by the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, forges new paths in musical communication with the audience. Four leading ensembles – London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, Asko|Schönberg and Remix Ensemble – have commissioned new compositions which integrate the listeners in an interactive manner, involving them in the concert action. The goal is to explore the relationship between composer, musician and audience anew, enabling the audience to play a participatory role.

The series will be launched in the autumn of 2016 with the Asian-American composer Huang Ruo (b. 1976) and his ›The Sonic Great Wall‹ as well as the British composer Christian Mason (b. 1984) and his ›In the Midst of the Sonorous Islands‹. Mason works with »islands of sound«, Huang with »mini stages« actively designed by the audience. The works will be performed in London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Porto. The two commissioned works will be given their German premieres by Ensemble Modern at Frankfurt LAB on October 30, 2016 as part of Frankfurt’s Alte Oper’s subscription series ›Ensemble Modern‹.

Concert dates

UK premieres: London Sinfonietta l London l 22 October 2016
Germany premieres: Ensemble Modern l Frankfurt l 30 October 2016
Holland premieres: Asko|Schönberg l Amsterdam l 05 November 2016
Portugal premieres: Remix Ensemble l Porto l 6 December 2016

Christian Mason: In the Midst of the Sonorous Islands
Huang Ruo: THE SONIC GREAT WALL – A Resonant Theatre for Thirteen Musicians and Audience

Further cycles of CONNECT will enable associate ensembles to perform the pieces as well as commissioning more composers to build a bank of music with public participation at its very heart.

Learn more about the project in the interviews with the composers Christian Mason and Huang Ruo.

CONNECT - VideoTrailer
CONNECT in Frankfurt - VideoTrailer
CONNECT - The Audience as Artist: Workshop A
CONNECT - The Audience as Artist: Workshop B