The project ‘Ode an die Popmusik’ is the result of many different events.
First and foremost is my admiration for Alfred Schnittke. In particular, I was fascinated by his collaboration with Lev Atamanov, among others for ‘The Ballerina on the Boat‘.
This gave rise to the idea of persuading my longtime friend Andreas Metzler to create drawn videos for some of my compositions.
Thanks to Martin Frieß, who has been supporting me with angelic patience for many instrument-specific questions and problems for several years, I was able to win really great musicians (mainly from the ‘Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg‘) for the recording-session.
The pieces were originally created for the season opening of the Sasel-Haus in Hamburg and were integrated into a kind of ‘double concert’, the first part of which has been Tchaikovsky’s ‘Nutcracker’ suite, arranged for flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns and double bass.
Using the same instrumentation, ‘Ode an die Popmusik’ emerged as a cycle of contemporary re-compositions of well-known songs.
The production ‘Humanistää!‘ showed at the ‘Volkstheater Wien‘ for which I composed the whole music, won more prices: for ‘best production 2022’, ‘best actor 2022′, best costumes 2022’ and ‘best stage 2022’ of all theatres in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Quite a while since I’ve been here.
The last couple of months, I’ve been writing for the production ‘Remember The Ladies‘ for the ‘Mecklenburgisches Staatsballett‘. Now the chief choreographer Xenia Wiest takes over and creates the right steps to the music. I’m really excited about the project. Working with Xenia is a lot of fun and creative exchange.
Now I have some days to compose a small commissioned work for Claudia Bauer, the Staatstheater Kassel and the production ‘Les Contes D’Hoffmann‘.
From September 1st, the full focus will be on creating the composition of the music for the production ‘Der Kleine Prinz‘ – also for the ‘Mecklenburgisches Staatsballett‘. I only have 6 months to write 1 hour of orchestral music – that’s more than athletic. Right now it’s a feeling between great joy, hapiness, stress and panic, whether I’ll make it.
At the moment I’m working for the ‘Orchester Plauen/Zwickau‘ with their conductor Leo Siberski, composing a transition bewteen Frank Sinatra’s ‘I’ve got you under my skin’ and the 4th movement of Beethoven’s 9th symphony. It’s fun !
A new piece, titled ‘Hymne an die Musiek’, which I composed for the vocal-ensemble AuditivVokal will be performed during 3 concerts in May:
Music Video Awards
The video for my composition ‘Peace’ which was created by Willem Rabe of ‘neoanalog‘, is selected for the ‘Silver Screenings’ during this year’s festival of the ‘Berlin Music Video Awards’. I’m very happy about that.
Please watch and listen to it HERE.
I’ll start a new collaboration with choreographer Xenia Wiest from the ‘Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater’. We’ll work together for 2 productions: A ‘Triple Bill’ in October for which I will compose round about 20-30 minutes of music and another big production in 2023 for which I will write the music for the whole evening. More info soon. I’m very curious about this new adventure.
I uploaded new videos on my YouTube channel.
‘Pentagon Of Poetry’ describes a bundle of 5 contemporary vocal compositions which are the result of the collaboration with the vocal ensemble ‘AuditivVokal‘ from Dresden and its conductor Olaf Katzer. Four poems by Goethe, Nietzsche and Lenau serve as the textual basis, as well as a list of well-known authors’ names, which were set to music in the ‘Autoren-ABC’.
Please listen and watch HERE.
The production ‘Humanistää!‘ showed at the ‘Volkstheater Wien‘ for which I composed the whole music (nearly 2 hours) is invited to the ‘Theatertreffen Berlin‘. The ‘Theatertreffen‘ honours the best 10 theatre productions of the year of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This year the jury visited more than 500 productions. An invitation for the ‘Theatertreffen‘ is a bit like winning the Oscar for a film. We are all very happy and it’s been more than 50 years that the ‘Volkstheater‘ has been invited for the last time. For me it’s the second invitation after 2017 (with the production ’89/90′ / Schauspiel Leipzig).
Please visit my YouTube Channel to listen to and watch some of my latest compositions.
The right uppercorner shows a direct link to my new YouTube channel:
If you scroll down a little bit to ‘projects’, I added 2 categories ‘compositions’ and ‘orchestrations’.
And finally you can find a new video ‘Dawn – me² + 1’ in the ‘videos’ section.
New Visuals & YouTube Channel
Some concerts have been cancelled due to corona and Willem Rabe of neoanalog already finished the new visuals for my CD ‘me² +1’. So I could already create my new YouTube chanel which will only consist of my most valuable music, projects and compositions. Have a look.
Next project to be online will be my music sung by AuditivVokal.
News News News
Many things happened.
On the 16th of October we could celebrate the premiere of ‘memento’ – a dance production of choreographer Tim Plegge and the ‘Hessisches Staatsballett’. Dark Fader (Roald Baudoux and me) composed several pieces for the evening.
After that, we made the recordings with AuditivVokal happen. I’m so much looking forward to the result of this recording session. But there will still be a lot of work with cutting and mixing. I hope that I can put the result online by the end of January 2022.
That will also include the creation of a new YouTube channel on which I’d like to put my most valuable compositions, combined with good visuals.
Beside AuditivVokal, the result of a cooperation with neoanalog will be seen on this channel. At the moment, these guys are busy with creating the visuals for one of my CDs: ‘me2+1’. I’m so happy that I found them. Willem Rabe is so motivated, creative and helpful. Thank you so much ‘neoanalog’ !
Further on, I arranged 2 pieces for the WDR Funkhausorchestra. I hope the result can be seen and watched very soon on YouTube.
At the moment we are working on a theatre production in Vienna. The premiere will be on the 17th of December.
Busy days, lots of plans and ideas. I love it.
Some news here. I got a scholarship from the German GEMA. I’m very happy about that. It gives me some freedom to be creative and independent.
Another thing is that there might be an opportunity to record some of my vocal-compositions together with the fantastic AuditivVokal Ensemble from Dresden end of October. At the moment I’m cleaning up my compositions for this occasion.
I’m also doing some notation-software work for publishers. So busy days over here.
I accepted an offer to write a reduction of the brass section in Franz Lehár’s ‘Paganini’ for the Clara-Schumann-Philharmoniker Plauen-Zwickau.
A smaller line-up is needed due to Corona restricitons.
I just signed a contract for a production with Claudia Bauer at the ‘Volkstheater‘ in Vienna.
It’ll be quite a mountain to climb. The idea is to make a kind of a spoken opera with words/text of Ernst Jandl.
The premiere will be on the 17th of December 2021.
Tim Plegge the house-choreographer of the ‘Hessisches Staatsballett’ is very happy with the music Roald Baudoux and I produced for his next production ‘memento‘ and he asked us for some additional compositions.
‘Work’ (Fun !!) starts next week. Yeah !
New Music Is Finished
With our project ‘Dark Fader‘, Roald Baudoux and me just finished the composition of 9 electro-acoustic pieces for ‘memento‘. Please read more about it in the article below.
The premiere will take place on the 9th of april.
Last week I also finished 6 new compositions of mine for the production ‘Die Rechtschaffenen Mörder‘ (premiere on the 28th of March at Staatsschauspiel Dresden). We will start rehearsing next week and I’m looking so much forward to hear my music being performed by the fantastic AuditivVokal Ensemble.
Nice X-Mas Present
Today I found back the contract for my first ballet production in my post box. That’s been a dream of mine for a long time – being part of the fusion between music and movement.
I asked my good friend Roald Baudoux from Dark Fader to join me. We will work for the ‘Hessisches Staatsballett’. The production is called ‘memento‘ and the choreaographer will be Tim Plegge.
The premiere will take place on the 16th of October 2021 in Darmstadt. The plan is to perform ‘memento’ in Darmstadt and Wiesbaden.
Productions in Leipzig and Dresden
2 new theatre productions for which I will design the music will have their premiere on the 28th of March at Staatsschauspiel Dresden and on the 29th of April 2021 at Schauspiel Leipzig.
In Dresden we will perform ‘Die Rechtschaffenen Mörder‘ – a debut novel from Ingo Schulze.
We will be joined by some fantastic singers of AuditivVokal for which I’m allowed to write new compositions. The stage director will be Claudia Bauer.
In Leipzig we will work on the debut of ‘Widerstand’ – a theatre play especially created for Schauspiel Leipzig. The stage director will be Enrico Lübbe.
I was asked to write classical orchestrations of 4 well known Pop-Songs for the Sasel Haus. We decided to take ‘Rehab’ (Amy Winehouse), ‘Hallelujah’ (Leonard Cohen), ‘Norwegian Wood’ (The Beatles) and ‘Ring Of Fire’ (Johnny Cash). The line-up will be: Flute, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns and double bass. Join the concert on the 16th of May 2021 – it will be fun.
Production in Frankfurt
Last week I signed a contract for a production at the Schauspiel Frankfurt. We will work on Klaus Mann’s ‘Mephisto’. I’ll be the musical director and Claudia Bauer will be the stage director.
The rehearsals will start in August and I think we’ll be the opener of the season. The premiere is at 3rd of October 2020.
I’m looking forward to it.
Concerto For Double Choir
I just finished my new ‘Concerto for Double Choir’ after having composed very intensely for the last couple of months, while simultaneously learning my new notation program ‘Dorico‘ (which is fantastic – finally I got rid of ‘Sibelius’ which made me angry much too often).
The Concerto will hopefully be performed by the end of 2020 by ‘Collegium Vocale‘ with their conductor Florian Lohmann who is a real master.
New CD out now !
Some great news at the beginning of the year:
I found a nice Belgium-Based Label for my CD ‘me2+1’ which I recorded, produced and mixed with great musicians and friends.
Have a look here:
This CD is about colours and energy and not the parameters to which most of us are used to (melody, harmony, rhythm).
Enjoy it on a quiet moment of your day/life.
Igor Strawinsky – L’Histoire Du Soldat
On the 20th of october there will be a concert at the ‘Sasel Haus‘ for which I’m distributing some orchestrations. One part of the evening will be Igor Strawinskys „L’histoire du soldat – Die Geschichte des Soldaten“ together with the actors Victoria Trauttmansdorff and Wolf-Dietrich Sprenger.
For the other part, the visitors could choose their favorite classical works and I adapted them for Igor Strawinskys Septet-Line-Up. For more info, click here.
New Website – Welcome
I think it was in 2017 when we played at a little private event and I met Johannes Töws for the first time.
He was one of the guests and it turned out that he was an illustrator. I saw some of his works and fell in love with his drawings immediately.
I told him:’ Johannes, there will come a day when I’ll contact you and we’ll work together’.
Last year I decided to refresh my website.
The basic idea was to have much less unnecessary personal information.
The visitors should see nice paintings with lots of funny little details which conjure a smile on their faces.
Of course Johannes was the first choice for this ‘assignment’.
We decided to first brainstorm – each for his own – to find a common thread for the site.
When we talked some days later we both had the exact same idea.
We wanted to tell the history of music in 6 pictures – starting in a bygone era, ending in the mañana.
Johannes wanted to add 3 main figures (they don’t have names yet). These are the little blue, green and yellow chimeras which can be seen in each picture. They evaluate together with their instruments and environment.
Most people don’t have time nowadays. But if you do have, take some minutes and explore Johannes’ fantastic work of art please.