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 

Photo: Über den Fetischcharakter in der Musik [...] © Alice Z Jones

FORT/DA II – „Über den Fetischcharakter in der Musik und die Regression des Hörens“: Eine melodramatische Etüde

"FORT/DA II" 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. Kaleidoskop constructs versatile multi-track levels and slippery slopes to pick out potential echoes and meanings of the text and drown it out with new music, pop songs and Italian arias at the same time. more 

Photo: Terrain Vague © Alice Z Jones

FORT/DA I – Terrain Vague

Swept away – take me to Misty Lake! "FORT/DA I" starts with hints of an island – a variety of fluent and sudden changes, an oscillation between close physical proximity and distance among the musicians and their audience. "Terrain Vague". Wasteland. Uncharted territory. Like the sounds of sirens, César Franck's and Philip Glass' string quartets whirl around the audience during this production of Philipp Enders. Before the noise dies down it lures the crowd into a deep listening ritual. more 

Photo: © Marius Glauer


"inside/out", a concert by Solistensemble Kaleidoskop with Ernstalbrecht Stiebler, explores the possibilities of an inner perception of sound, a 'listening-in' to strange sound spaces. The concert will present music by composers who are important reference points for Stiebler, from Dieter Schnebel and Walter Zimmermann to Mozart and Puccini. Rashad Becker complements the evening by bringing Stiebler's music into the electronic music realm. more 

Photo: Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop © Sonja Müller


Works by Christoph Herndler, Dmitri Shostakovich, Giacinto Scelsi, Isang Yun, Francisco Guerrero-Marín, Michael von Biel, Philip Glass, Peter Ablinger and Ludwig van Beethoven. more 


The Solistensemble Kaleidoskop, in collaboration with the choreographer Laurent Chétouane and the composers Chiyoko Szlavnics, Dmitri Kourliandski and Sebastian Claren, developed the concert format „Transit“ for the Donaueschinger Musiktage 2017. One central aspect of their reflections beforehand was the question of the relationship between the performers and their audience. more 

Eyes Wide Shut II: Les Vers Luisants

Film is a tonal art: Michel Chion, film theorist and pioneer of the Musique concrète, alongside the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop at the Festival Wien Modern. more 

Photo: DADADADAAAAA © Adam Berry

DADADADAAAAA – A century of Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra

10 x 10 = 100. The Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop and Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra – two extraordinary, internationally-known Berlin ensembles, are both turning 10 this year. Coincidentally, DADA turns 100 at the same time. The logical result is for Kaleidoskop and Andromeda to celebrate their anniversary together, with two nights of extra-long, staged concerts in the form of a Dada Gala. The party takes place in RADIALSYSTEM V, which is also celebrating it’s 10th anniversary in 2016. Coincidence? Nothing is a coincidence. more 

Unmöglichkeit IV – Revue

The circle closes with "Unmöglichkeit IV – Revue". In this extravagant concert in the KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art, the ensemble itself becomes the object of examination. Open space. Decomposition and reconstruction. The art of music making in a collective. The four parts of the concert present works by Xenakis, Haydn, Vivier, Bach, Scelsi, Haas, Monteverdi, Lachenmann, Ockeghem, Gervais, Dufay, Claren, Beethoven and Moe. more