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 

Photo: Light Ground © Frank Sperling

Light Ground

The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop plays "Light Ground" – an audio-visual composition by Mareike Yin-Yee Lee and Marc Sabat. Together they create an environment which centers around the slow change of perception through music, light and drawing. An interplay between concert and exhibition develops inside the almost 900-year-old former church of the Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen: a video installation in which Kaleidoskop performs, a concert that leaves traces inside the room, an encounter of art and music whose witnesses become exhibition and concert visitors at the same time. more 

Photo: © Westin Grand

Music for Hotel Bars

The concert series "Music for Hotel Bars" commissions composers to write music especially for a hotel bar of their choice in Berlin. The challenge for the composers, all of whom come from the genre of New Music, is to craft what might be provocatively called 'functional music' in an artistically satisfying manner. In his previous works the American composer Mark Barden dealt with the soundscape of social spaces. For his evening in the series, Barden explores this approach further in a composition for the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop in the hotel bar of the Westin Grand. The concierge recommends a city attraction, a striking figure descends the grand marble staircase to the piano, string music floats and interweaves in the seven-storey atrium. more 

Photo: Unbox (Clear Skies Remix) © Alice Z Jones

FORT/DA III – Unbox (Clear Skies Remix)

Kaleidoskop goes back to the future for the third part of the series "FORT/DA". "Unbox (Clear Skies Remix)" is an audiovisual labyrinth in which the audience strolls, trails away and within foggy chambers unexpectedly encounters the beauty of music by Lisa Bielawa, Pauline Oliveros, Franz Schubert, Salvatore Sciarrino and Sebastian Claren. Kaleidoskop uses the remix technique to upend, petrify and dash to shivers the parameters of a concert which leads to a very personal contact with the music. Just before this journey into the unknown Rashad Becker presents his live-electronic view on the things to come. more