Cluster #11 w/ Ruth Velten and Adam Rosenblatt at Labor Neunzehn / Sunday, 16.12.2018

Labor Neunzehn is very pleased to announce the closing concert of the 2018 Cluster series, with an exploratory programme for saxophone, percussion, voice and electronics. An informal portrait of the form, through diverse musical categories and approaches to the structure in musical composition: from minimalism to sensor-based music, from the use of the cycle and the gesture to the investigation of the sounding qualities of the human body. Entrance for this event is free but requires registration. Register here or via email to cluster[at]laborneunzehn[dot]org.

In her work and her choice of repertoire, Ruth Velten places special emphasis on original classical compositions as well as New Music for saxophone. The internationally acclaimed saxophonist is frequently praised in the press for her rich timbre and virtuoso playing. She attracted attention as a first-prize winner at national and international competitions, including the German Music Competition, the International Music Competition for Contemporary Music in Kraków, Poland, the Classic Music Award Switzerland and the International Chamber Music Competition in Almere, the Netherlands. In addition, she won a scholarship from the International Ensemble Modern Academy in Frankfurt and Deutsche Stiftung Musikleben. She regularly performs as a soloist as well as a chamber musician at renowned festivals, among them Warsaw Autumn, the World New Music Festival, the Ultraschall Festival Berlin, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Festival de México. She collaborates with various ensembles and orchestras, including Ensemble Modern, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Deutsche Oper Berlin and German Radio Philharmonic Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern, under leading conductors such as Péter Eötvös, Sakari Oramo, Ingo Metzmacher, Markus Stenz and John Storgårds. To encourage new works for saxophone, she works closely with composers. Since 2013 she has been the director of the IM FOKUS concert series for New Music in Berlin, in which she undertakes New Music productions of her own. Ruth Velten is a founding member of Ensemble LUX:NM. Her discography includes recordings on the GENUIN classics label. Many of her performances have been broadcast on German stations BR, HR, SWR, Deutschlandfunk, NDR, WDR and rbb.

Ruth Velten performs

Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Sequenza VIIb (1969)
for Soprano Saxophone
Terry Riley (1935)
Dorian Reeds (1965)
for Saxophone and Delay
Fabien Lévy (1968)
L’air d’ailleurs – bicinium (1997)
for Saxophone and Tape

Baltimore-based percussionist and performer Adam Rosenblatt has a penchant for finding interesting and uncommon ways to present and perform contemporary music. He has a keen interest for growing an interdisciplinary performance practice, believing that a mix of media and art forms can speak more directly and powerfully to our current context. Adam frequently performed with Brussels-based Ictus Ensemble from 2012 to 2017. He is a founding member of percussion trio QuaQuaQua and mixed ensemble Something Out There, both of which focus on the ambiguous space between musical and theatrical performance. Adam has recently performed in such varied venues as The Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Greece; Berghain in Berlin with experimental electronic duo Matmos; The Banff Centre for the Arts as part of the Concerts in the 21st Century residency; and the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Highlights of Adam’s 18-19 season include a new production of Michael Gordon’s Timber with original reactive lighting elements; performances with NakedEye Ensemble, and at WNYC’s variety show 44 Charlton; and a season-long collaboration on a new production with Maschinenhaus Essen, ensemble Something Out There, and composer François Sarhan. Adam is currently an artist in residence at The Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

Adam Rosenblatt performs

François Sarhan (1972)
Mark Applebaum (1967)
Aphasia (2009)
for one vocalist or actor with tape
Alexander Schubert (1979)
Laplace Tiger (2009)
for drum kit, arm-sensors, live-electronics and live-video

This concert is kindly supported by Dezentrale Kulturarbeit Berlin-Treptow.

Cluster #11 w/ Ruth Velten and Adam Rosenblatt

Sunday, 16th December 2018 | Doors 17:30 CET | Starts 18:00 CET
Labor Neunzehn | Kiefholzstr.19/20, 2.HF 4.OG Raum 11/12 | 12435 Berlin | Ruth Velten | Adam Rosenblatt | Event @ Facebook

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