ensemble mosaik’s interest lies in the diversity as well as research into – and continued development of – contemporary music’s aesthetic concepts and forms of presentation. Particular emphasis is placed on collaboration with young, often unknown composers and on an egalitarian working method. Close exchange between all the protagonists involved in a concert project is a preferred strategy; by opening up the work processes, creativity is concentrated and intensified. Additional emphases in the ensemble’s artistic work lie in dealing with digital media in the fields of composition, interpretation and sound creation, as well as approaching performance practice in new ways – for example, by including scenic and visual elements in concert projects and testing new concert forms. The ensemble has been working with numerous composers for many years, thus making it possible to develop music over the long-term in a collective process. Multiple works have been written for ensemble mosaik. Over 150 world premieres are in its repertoire.
Enno Poppe was born on December 30, 1969, in Hemer, Sauerland, Germany. He studied conducting and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, with Friedrich Goldmann and Gösta Neuwirth, among others. Further studies of sound synthesis and algorithmic composition at the Technische Universität Berlin and at the ZKM Karlsruhe with Heinrich Taube.
ELISION is Australia’s leading new music ensemble. The group has established a reputation for delivering authoritative and virtuosic interpretations of complex, unusual, and challenging aesthetics, often developed in close collaboration with the composer. The practice of the ensemble ranges from concert giving to cross-disciplinary projects with a range of new media and visual artists. Installation-performance works and the use of improvisational experiences as a creative tool to inform more structured and formally notated music have been a key element of the group’s activities.
International concert and recording engagements received to-date include performances for Maerzmusik, the Hebbel Theater of Berlin, the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Westdeutscher Rundfunk, and Radio Bremen, Festival Ars Musica of Brussels, the Züricher TheaterSpektakel, Saitama Arts Theatre of Japan, IRCAM as part of the Agora festival, the 50th Warsaw Autumn Festival, the Chekov International Theatre Festival of Moscow, the Festival d’automne of Paris, the TRANSIT Festival of Leuven and the Ultima Festival of Oslo. This activity complements major appearances at the Brisbane, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide Festivals and the release of several recordings with KAIROS, NEOS, NMC and MODE reviewed to acclaim by the international press.
Since 2009 ELISION has enjoyed ongoing concert activity in London and regular appearances for the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Richard Barrett’s CONSTRUCTION, a 2-hour cycle commissioned by the European Capital of Culture programme was premiered by ELISION at the Huddersfield Contemporary music Festival in 2011 and broadcast live by BBC Radio3. Recently the group has worked with composers Bryn Harrison, Mary Bellamy, Sam Hayden, Einar Einarsson and Paul Craenen, and maintained a close research relationship with SIAL studios at RMIT, Melbourne. ELISION has also developed a strong relationship with newly emergent strands of American composition as evident in the close association with composers Aaron Cassidy, Evan Johnson and Timothy McCormack.
Major projects have included Liza Lim’s opera The Navigator, the performance-installation works DARK MATTER and Opening of the Mouth with Richard Barrett and TULP - the body public with composer John Rodgers and new media artist Justine Cooper.
ELISION has recorded over twenty-two compact discs (inxcluding 5 for NMC), undertaken close to thirty international tours to over fourteen different countries and initiated international commissions supported by organisations in England, Canada, Holland, France and Japan. Conductors worked with include Jean Deroyer, Franck Ollu, Christian Eggen, Manuel Nawri, Simon Hewett, Denis Cohen, Carl Rosman, and Eugene Ughetti. Of singular importance to ELISION was the relationship with conductor Sandro Gorli.
ELISION now consists of twenty leading musicians from four Australian capital cities, Singapore, Manchester, Paris, Cologne, and Bonn.
Mieko Kanno studied with Yirah Neaman at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and acheived outstanding success in international violin competitions, including third prize in the 1986 London Carl Flesch Competition. In 1994 Mieko was awarded the Darmstadt Kranichsteiner Musikpreis.
As a leading exponent of contemporary music, she has performed in many festivals in Europe, including the ISCM World Music Days, and her performances have been widely broadcast. She plays a Giovanni Grancino violin dating from 1700.
Anne La Berge's career as flautist/improviser/composer stretches across international and stylistic boundaries. Her most recent performances bring together the elements on which her international reputation is based: a ferocious and far-reaching virtuosity, a penchant for improvising delicately spun microtonal textures and melodies, and her wholly unique array of powerfully percussive flute effects, all combined with electronic processing. Many of her compositions involve her own participation, though she has produced works intended solely for other performers, usually involving guided improvisation and text. In addition to creating her own work she regularly performs in other artists' projects in a range of settings from modern chamber music to improvised electronic music.
She can be heard on labels including Largo, Etcetera and Hat Art, in recordings both as soloist and as a member of Ensemble Modern and other groups. Her CD 'speak' was released in the summer of 2011 on New World Records. Her music is published by Frog Peak Music (US) and by Donemus (NL). She is the co-director, with her husband David Dramm, of the VOLSAP Foundation that supports projects for composed and improvised music.
Claire Edwardes is recognised throughout the world as one of the most striking and important percussionists of her generation. Graduating as Student of the Year in 1997 from the Sydney Conservatorium (where she now teaches), she went on to win the coveted ABC Young Performers Award in 1999 and subsequently relocated to the Netherlands to undertake a Masters Degree at the Rotterdam and Amsterdam Conservatories. Resident there for seven years, she was the recipient of many international awards and prizes including first place at the Tromp Percussion Competition (2000) and Llangollen International Instrumentalist (2001).
In 2005 Claire was named the MCA/Freedman Fellow and in 2007 she was awarded the AMC/APRA award for ‘Outstanding contribution by an Individual’. Claire has performed concertos with all of the Australian orchestras as well as numerous European orchestras. In her role as co-artistic director of Ensemble Offspring and as one of Australia’s top percussion soloists, Claire is passionately committed to the advancement of innovative new music in Australia.
ELISION / Eugene Ughetti
ensemble mosaik / Enno Poppe
Hayden’s complex and arresting trio for flute, violin and percussion, system/error, is coupled with two large-scale works performed by Ensemble Mosaik and his newest work misguided written for ELISION.
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‘a disc which deserves attention from all inquiring listeners for some seriously impressive music-making’ Gramophone
'system/error assembles three virtuoso instrumental lines, for violin, flutes and percussion into a lightning-fast mosaic; presence/absence melds a disparate quintet into a slowly changing continuum – what makes them anything but forbidding is the energy and exuberance that powers so much of Hayden's invention.' Guardian
'Full of striking ideas ... an intriguing sound-world' BBC Music Magazine
‘Take a deep breath and concentrate, and you’ll find that system/error is a blast. Sam Hayden has a brilliant ear – the overlapping violin, flute and percussion lines deliciously collide and converse. You’re left reeling at the fact that these rich sounds can be produced by so few players and can actually be notated’ the arts desk.com
system/error was recorded live by RICK CAMPION at The Warehouse, London SE1 as part of the 2007 BMIC Cutting Edge Series on 22 November 2007, and mixed by Rick Campion and Sam Hayden during summer 2010 at Goldsmiths College Electronic Music Studio, London.
presence/absence and Die Modularitäten were recorded at Siemensvilla, Gärtnerstrasse, Berlin, Germany on 28-29 March 2011 for Deutschlandradio, and mixed on 19-20 July 2011.
Executive Producer for Deutschlandradio RAINER PÖLLMANN
Recording Producer & Digital Editing FLORIAN SCHMIDT
Recording Engineer BORRIS MANYCH
Technician JOHANNA VOLLUS
misguided was recorded live at Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank, Melbourne, Australia on 26 March 2011 for ABC Classic FM.
STEPHEN ADAMS Recording Producer
NICHOLAS MIERISCH, BRENDAN O’NEILL Recording Engineers
schismatics was recorded at Coombehurst Studio, University of Kingston, London on 19 August 2010.
Recording Producer / Engineer DAVID LEFEBER
Mastering RICK CAMPION
Executive Producer for NMC COLIN MATTHEWS
Cover image VIRGIL FERRAGUT
Graphic design FRANCOIS HALL
A co-production with Deutschlandradio Kultur
presence/absence and Die Modularitäten (P) 2012 Deutschlandradio/NMC Recordings Ltd
misguided (P) 2012 ABC Radio
system/error and schismatics ® 2012 NMC Recordings Ltd
© 2012 NMC Recordings Ltd