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ensemble mosaik

ensemble mosaik was founded in 1997 by young instrumenta-lists and composers in Berlin and has developed, as an espe-cially multifaceted and adventurous experimental formation, into one of Germany’s most renowned ensembles for contem-porary music. Its recognized high quality is not just based on its individual musicians’ outstanding talent. Most of them are foun-ding members, enabling them to create a profiled and unique body of sound in a long-term, intense cooperation.

ensemble mosaik’s interest lies in the diversity as well as re-search into - and continued development of - contemporary music’s aesthetic concepts and forms of presentation. Parti-cular emphasis is placed on collaboration with young, often un-known composers and on an egalitarian working method. Close exchange between all the protagonists involved in a concert project is a preferred strategy; by opening up the work proces-ses, creativity is concentrated and intensified. Additional em-phases in the ensemble’s artistic work lie in dealing with digital media in the fields of composition, interpretation and sound creation, as well as approaching performance practice in new ways - for example, by including scenic and visual elements in concert projects and testing new concert forms. The ensemble has been working with numerous composers for many years, thus making it possible to develop music over the long-term in a collective process. Multiple works have been written for ensem-ble mosaik. Over 200 world premieres are in its repertoire.

ensemble mosaik develops thematic programs and concert series that reflect on individual works in a larger context, focus current trends and test new ideas. In doing so, the concerts themselves turn into experimental setups - often crossing the frontiers to the visual and performing arts. For example, in its two-part concert project audible interfaces, the ensemble investigates the functions and consequences of using computers for digital sound creation and reproduction in the creative processes of composition and interpretation. In the serien/studien/etüden series, the composers’ workshops and experimental spaces are brought on stage, and the three-year project open_sources turned the open source principle as a participatory compositional process into a musical program. In the Sichtbare Musik concert series, the ensemble dealt with traditional concert rituals by integrating visual aspects of a live concert into the program design and performance practice. In SYNTHETICS, ensemble mosaik explored the potential on the borderline between contemporary music and other genres. The ensemble celebrated its 15th anniversary with a two-day con-cert project called perspective matters; together with the film artist duo Distruktur and the director Thomas Fiedler, it staged the possibilities inherent in different auditory perspectives on a musical, visual and dramaturgic level. As a further development of this cooperation, the transduction - ein installatives Konzert-projekt project was developed in the summer of 2014; it approached projections and transmissions as a stock for shaping musical potential. In the same year, a cooperation with Berlin dance company cie. toula limnaios introduced the Kommentierte Musik project. Here, in an extension of its idea of staged concerts, the ensemble mosaik expands its own interpretative viewpoint by inviting artists from other genres. In 2015, the project will continue in cooperation with the curators Dorothée Kirch and Markús Þór Andrésson as well as visual artists.

In addition to thematic programs, in the including… series, ensemble mosaik invites composers to join it in developing portrait concerts that also include works by musical role models and colleagues. Artists such as Enno Poppe, Orm Finnendahl, Gösta Neuwirth, Rebecca Saunders, Sebastian Claren, Uros Rojko, Liza Lim and Harald Muenz were all presented. A series of music theater productions were also realized in which work with electronic and visual media have a central role as in Die Schachtel pantomime with music by Franco Evangelisti, Interzone (UA) with songs and images by Enno Poppe, Marcel Beyer and Anne Quirynen, Fernorchester by Daniel Kötter and Hannes Seidl, or in cooperation with the independent opera company NOVOFLOT.

The ensemble is invited in Germany and abroad to pass on its experience to young composers and instrumentalists, i.e., at the music schools in Hannover, Stockholm, Nischni Nowgo-rod/Russia or at the Harvard University in the USA. As an ensemble in residence the ensemble mosaik participated in the Young Composers in Southeast Asia festivals in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. In 2015 it is invited by the Fondazione Spinola Banna Per L'Arte to Italy in order to work together with young composers.

In the context of a variety of network projects within Germany and Europe, ensemble mosaik is cooperating with other renowned ensembles for contemporary music. New Forum - jeune création was making a cooperation possible with Champs d’Action and the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain. On a national level, ensemble mosaik developed the Ensemble Gesellschaft with the ensembles Resonanz, Recherche and ascolta, El perro andaluz and Das Neue Ensemble. In Berlin, it contributes to a common orchestra with the Adapter, Apparat and Sonar Quartett ensembles called Ensemblekollektiv Berlin. In 2015, ensemble mosaik has been invited – along with the Ictus-Ensemble – to shape the MaerzMusik opening event.

The ensemble performed in Europe and beyond at many of the most important contemporary music festivals. It has received many advancement awards from the Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung and played award-winner concerts for the Boris Blacher and Busoni composition prizes. Numerous radio recordings document its work. CDs have been published by Schott, col legno, Kairos, wergo, NMC Recordings and the edition rz, among others.

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