On the 25th and 30th May 2019 I will be performing in the series of music theatre minitures by Manos Tsangaris “Winzig und der Elefant” at the Akademie der Künste Hanseatenweg, Berlin. It’s a late night installation from 21:30 till 24:00 with admission until 22:00.
Sitting in an echo chamber you don’t hear much, but the little you do hear is amplified in the extreme. In social media the effect is similar: our own opinions are reflected back to us hundreds of times, thereby reinforcing them. Opposing voices are silenced by algorithms.
Together with the sound artist Cathy van Eck, the adventurously experimental quartet DieOrdnungDerDinge search with their usual wit and humour, for connections and parallels between echo phenomena in acoustics, the media and music.
In which echo chambers are we trapped in daily life? Which algorithms can be written for them? How could they sound? And is it perhaps possible to programme a concert to exactly fit the preferences of the audience using an algorithm?
Premiered in February 2019 in Theaterdiscounter Berlin, further performances to be announced shortly
Funded by the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and the Musikfonds with funds from the Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. In cooperation with Theaterdiscounter Berlin.
The programme “Schroeder’s Death”, written and performed by DieOrdnungDerDinge together with the composer Samu Gryllus and pianist Annalisa Derossi was premiered at the Collegium Hungaricum in November 2018.
This musical expedition to Hungary in the 70s was based around László Vidovszky’s work “Schroeder’s Death” and “one of the most tragic moments in the history of music of the 20th Century” (Gy. Kurtág)
Aside performed in the fabulous concert series Labor Sonor in KuLe Berlin in September. A mini programme fine tuned for Labor Sonor, we were very happy to be sharing the stage with trumpeter Benjamin Vergara and the duo Jealously Party.
The newest edition of my music theatre work “staring at the bin” will be premiered at the BAM! Festival for Contemporary Music Theatre in Berlin from the 21st – 23rd September 2018.
The exhibition will be shown in Galerie Martin Mertens, Linienstraße 148, 10115 Berlin, open 3pm – 9pm. Come along to the opening on the 21st September at 3pm for drinks and live performances.
Performed by Ensemble DieOrdnungDerDinge together with Johann-Michael Schneider, Eva Kesssler and Tobias Dutschke.
Staring at the Bin – Berlin Edition is produced by “BAM! – Berliner Festival für aktuelles Musiktheater”. BAM! ist an iniative of ZMB – Zeitgenössisches Musiktheater Berlin e.V. funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, the Schering Stiftung and the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.
For more information about “staring at the bin – Berlin Edition” and the BAM! Festival click here
Aside premiered their new programme “A remark or passage in a play that is intended to be heard by the audience but is supposed to be unheard by the other characters in the play” at the BKA Theater Berlin on the 12th June 2018. Aside combined the two faces of the BKA theatre: cabaret, vaudeville and comedy on the one hand and contemporary music on the other.
Aside (Meriel Price and Johann-Michael Schneider) create contemporary music theatre from the drama found on the concert stage and draw their material from that which is unintended, private, uncontrolled, uncomfortable, accidental, mistaken and attempts to be hidden. Aside enlarges and transforms this material. Aside thereby blurs the boundaries between performance and composition and work within the space that can open between what is intended and the outcome, between expectation, disappointment and fulfillment.
Kippers and Curtains – Christian Biegai
Dawn Chorus – Meriel Price
Forbidden Fruit – Meriel Price
Variations on a Theme by Haydn – Johann-Michael Schnieder
Landscape – Meriel Price & Johann-Michael Schneider
A Smidgen of Light for T – Iñigo Giner Miranda
Stäbe schütteln – Bernd Wegener
Music Box – Thomas Beimel
2/2 4/4 – Christoph Enzel
The 3D Poetry collaboration “Scale of Grey” between Simen Hagerup NOR (Poetry) | Annapaola Leso ITA (Choreography) | Ana Maria Rodriguez ARG (Composition und Live-Elektronics) | Andre Bartetzki GER (Video) | Emilio Gordoa MEX (Percussion) | Meriel Price GBR (Saxophone, Spoken Voice) | Jasmin Lepore (Costume) | Martin Pilz (Light) was premiered on the 28th April 2018 in the Uferstudios Berlin. I also played a beautiful sounding sanex box. More news regarding future collaborations to follow shortly.
DieOrdnungDerDinge premiered their full length music theatre sound walk for children at Haus der Kulturen der Welt from 19th – 22nd January 2018. All shows were sold out and repeat performances are planned for 2019. Bestiarium was funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
DieOrdnungDerDinge did a mini tour of their programme “If you know what I mean” playing KontraKlang in Heimathafen Neukölln, Berlin, Transparent Sound Festival in Trafó, Budapest and Gare du Nord in Basel. We are currently working on a collaboration with the Collegium Hungaricum, Berlin and our new programme “Echo Chamber Music” which will be premiered in Theaterdiscounter, Berlin next year. More news will follow shortly.
An absolute concert highlight was playing the Powder Her Face Suite by Thomas Adès with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle. An amazing piece with great writing for saxophones. To watch the concert on the digital concert hall click here