Photo: Sinéad & James

PREVIEW: Sinéad & James

In mid-March, the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop will give an insight into their rehearsals for the concert "Sinéad & James" via livestream from radialsystem. Hosted by Thomas Mahmoud, the artists will perform excerpts from Sinéad O'Connor's iconic album "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" and James Dillon's "Introitus" for 12 string players, 8 speakers and electronics. more 

Photo: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop © Christina Voigt


A comparison of musical works of different genres from the 1970s: Witold Lutosławskis's "Preludes and Fugue" for 13 string players*, written 1970-72, and "Desertshore", Nico's third solo album from 1970, interpreted by the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop together with the artist and singer ANIKA, seemingly have nothing in common and yet are two contradictory descriptions of the world of their time. What happens when you aesthetically juxtapose such diverse works from different cultural productions? Using the film theoretical concept of 'suture', the 'sewing together' of supposedly inappropriate materials, Kaleidoskop looks at undreamt-of connections between the works and genres. more 

Photo: © Marius Glauer

The Women in Peer Gynt

What if we listened to some of the seldom heard characters from "Peer Gynt"? What if we silenced Peer and put 'another' Norwegian voice centre stage? What if we came up with a surprise response to Henrik Ibsen's classic and presented an 'alternative "Peer Gynt"'? The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop searches for fresh responses to the themes of this literary masterpiece, answers that enter into a dialogue with excerpts from the original. more 

Kaleidoskop at KONTRAKLANG

On October 30, 2019 Kaleidoskop will present a concert with works by Ana-Maria Avram and Ernstalbrecht Stiebler as part of the KONTRAKLANG concert series. more 

Photo: Thomas Meadowcroft

Die Kinder über dem Informationsmeer

Whether through rating platforms or comment sections, the internet presents an open invitation for users to share their unasked-for, anonymous opinions on most everything. This phenomenon has influenced the music world as well, and is beginning to drown out the voices of traditional classical critics. Thomas Meadowcroft's new piece "Die Kinder über dem Informationsmeer" for children's choir and string orchestra uses social media critiques of classical music as a framing device for the expectations that we hold for our digital future. The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop parries with Schönberg's classic "Verklärte Nacht", in which a young couple seeks to start a nontraditional family, outside of the norms of societal expectations. The program is completed by an a-capella choir piece by William Byrd, "Memento salutis actor". more 

Photo: Kaleidoskop vs D'Est

Howling Wolf: Kaleidoskop vs D’Est

Within the framework of "Howling Wolf: Festival for Film-Music-Performance", Wolf Kino over 8 weeks in June and July will invite musicians to explore a variety of cinematic narratives – from avantgarde silent films to contemporary experimental films. For the duration of one week each of the musicians will investigate their specific approach to the topic and to the emotionality of the films and work on their own musical-performative concept. It is not about the composition or production of music for film, but about exploring what is possible with music and sound in relation to film. The audience can observe the process, the examination and rapprochement of film and music in public rehearsals as well as it can indulge in the final performative performances. Based on Chantal Akerman's "D'Est" (From the East, B 1993, 107 min.), a film that defies any categorization, the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop will develop its musical production. more 

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Violist Yodfat Miron of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and dancer and choreographer Alix Eynaudi come together in an intimate and experimental setting. In an equal duo with an open outcome they explore the interaction between body, space, sound and thinking. The encounter, the (artistic) antipodes and the risks of a mutual artistic expression are in the focus of this approach. The experiences and results of this experiment mark the starting point of a new series dealing with music and movement starting in 2020. more 

Photo: Theodor W. Adorno © Universitätsarchiv Frankfurt am Main

„Über den Fetischcharakter in der Musik und die Regression des Hörens“

„Über den Fetischcharakter in der Musik und die Regression des Hörens“ turns to the immediate emotionality of a pop song, Verdi's Greatest Hits and a stammered reflection on the "Regression of Listening". Theodor W. Adorno's article of the same name is the point of departure for this night of discursive practice with the performance collective copy & waste. more 

Hayan Nabi ~ 하얀 나비

New year's concert at Koreanisches Kulturzentrum with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, Minhee Park & Hong Yoo. more 

Photo: Fleur du mal © Rainer Ehrt

Prinzip Hoffnung II: Desperate Hope

Matthias Kader's song cycle "Der Tod ist eine Blume" (Death is a flower) introduces the antipodes in Paul Celan's lyrical world: hope and despair, life and a yearning for death, through his darker early works as well as his love poems such as "Blume" (flower). Celan's writings are set to music and juxtaposed with Franz Schubert's famous song cycle "Winterreise" (Winter's journey). Schubert's protagonist staggers back and forth between exuberance and despair, finally descending into a hopeless sense of melancholy. David Cavelius has arranged the songs of the cycle for 16 male voices and string players. The concert Vocalconcert Berlin and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop forms part of the series "Principle of Hope", marking the 15th anniversary of Vocalconsort Berlin. more