Pure curiosity is the trademark of the Freiburg-based ensemble recherche. It bills with a sextet of British grand seigneur Brian Ferneyhough and three premiere pieces.
With ensemble recherche (DE)
With compositions by Milica Djordjević (DE/RS), Brian Ferneyhough (GB), Johannes Maria Staud (AT) & Wen Liu (AT/CN)
For thirty years now, selective sound research, persistent, focused investigation of ever new compositional modes of thought and structures, tracking down fascinating aspects – i.e. pure curiosity – has been the trademark of the Freiburg-based ensemble recherche. This year, the nine instrumental researchers visit Graz with an abundant mixture of different points of the compass and sound styles: with a powerful sextet of British grand seigneur Brian Ferneyhough and no fewer than three premiere pieces. Along with an ensemble piece by Johannes Maria Staud, fresh off the press, who is responsible for the musical opening of this year’s steirischer herbst, there will also be premieres of pieces by two young composers – Vienna-based Chinese musician Wen Liu and Berlin-based Serb musician Milica Djordjević.
The piece by Wen Liu is the 2015 musikprotokoll Emil Breisach composition commission. The work by Johannes Maria Staud is a composition commission of ensemble recherche and ORF musikprotokoll, supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation.