Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – Powder Her face Suite by Thomas Adès with Sir Simon Rattle

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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

Hauptstadtkulturfonds for Bestiarium, DieOrdnungDerDinge & Nuria Nuñez Hierro

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DieOrdnungDerDinge have been awarded Hauptstadtkulturfonds to create their latest music theatre work, Bestiarium, which will be premiered in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. Following two research phases and try out performances in Haus der Kulturen der Welt 2015 and Grüner Salon 2016, DieOrdnungDerDinge together with the composer Nuria Nuñez Hierro go on to develop the full length interactive music theatre work for children. More details on this work and the premiere will follow shortly.

DieOrdnungDerDinge play Guggenheim Bilbao – 17th November 2016

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DieOrdnungDerDinge will be playing “If you know what I mean” at the Guggenheim in Bilbao on the 17th November 2016.

What does Bruckner’s 7th Symphony look like when transmitted through the facial expressions of a listener? Can the movements of a musician be translated into light? In “If you know what I mean” the ensemble DieOrdnungDerDinge explores ways of translating music into different media and forms. Visualizing sounds, acoustically interpreting images… In the pieces presented, these seemingly straightforward transpositions yield new, unexpected results, raising the question of whether translation is actually possible at all, and unveiling the unmistakeable role that our own expectations and experiences play in the process of perception.

The programme:

Irene Galindo-Quero, Ein Augenblick (2009), based on a video by Telemach Wiesinger
Simon Steen-Andersen, Next to beside besides (2004-2007), Versions for cello, violin and snare drum
Ana María Rodríguez, Les miroirs, (UA) for violin, cello and video
Carolyn Chen, Adagio (2009), for four performers with headphones, listening to a fragment of Bruckner’s 7th Symphony
Iñigo Giner-Miranda, enlightened (2013), for a string instrumentalist wearing LED lights
Cathy van Eck, 412 Meter laufen (UA), for four walking performers

For more information on DieOrdnungDerDinge at the Guggenheim press here

Premiere Tonight! His Masters’ Voices – a musical séance

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Our premiere is tonight! His Masters’ Voices – a musical séance by DieOrdnungDerDinge 8pm in TAK (Theater im Aufbauhaus Kreuzberg) Further performances on the 24th, 25th and 26th June. There’s some spooky things going on…… think Scooby doo meets new music. Who can resist?

Staring at the Bin exhibition

Accompanying the live performances of my latest music theatre work staring at the bin is an exhibition of video works housed in a six meter high red cube outside the Muffathalle in Munich. It is open every day from 6 – 11pm during the festival.

staring at the bin on Bayerischer Rundfunk television

My music theatre work Staring at the Bin which is currently being performed at the Munich Biennale Festival was featured recently in a television report by the Bayerischer Rundfunk. You can watch the report by following this link

https://www.br-klassik.de/video/biennale-2016-impressionen-100.html

 

Staring at the bin by Meriel Price – world premiere in Munich Biennale International Music Theatre Festival

 

This week we celebrated the world premiere and the first of 30 performances of staring at the bin, 27 music theatre miniatures for public spaces I wrote for the Munich Biennale International Festival for Music Theatre. On the 28th May the festival begins and my exhibition accompanying the project can be found in the six meter high cube situated in front of the Muffathalle in Munich. Hope to see you there.

Staring at the bin is where the public, music and theatre directly meet, unannounced and unexpected. A collection of minuscule performances in public spaces, events so tiny they appear to be coincidences or strange chance occurrences.

Musical and theatrical events are seamlessly fused to life in urban spaces, distilled to their essence; the rest, the beat, repetition or variation. Day to day life is framed and focussed as it provides the material for intimate interactions.

Meeting eye to eye without an “art” context allows a new relationship, a direct response as all labels are removed, leaving space for ones own meaning. Disturbances in the rhythm of the day force a pause for thought, an opportunity to reinterpret the everyday routines of urban life.

Something for nothing and unexplained, the events are unexpected, heightening awareness, stimulating a more immediate connection to surrounding people, places and occurrences.

In advance of and during the entire festival these mini events are scattered around Munich capturing coincidental audiences. These are documented and throughout the festival an exhibition space will evolve and develop, a living protocol documenting an ongoing experience.

His Master’s Voices – a musical séance from DieOrdnungDerDinge

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His Master’s Voices – a musical séance has its world premiere on the 23rd June 2016 8pm in TAK – Theater im Aufbau Haus Kreuzberg, Berlin and is the lastest work from DieOrdnungDerDinge

His Master’s Voices is a musical and theatrical dialogue with the past, inviting the spirits of dead composers to join us each evening (seats have been reserved) through contemporary works which are inspired by and transform material from the past

Premiere is on the 23rd June at 8pm with further performances on the 24th, 25th and 26th June at 8pm. On the 25th June there will also be a discussion with the audience in which you can put your questions to the DieOrdnungDerDinge. Tickets can be bought here

As research for this project we conducted a séance and guess who turned up…. Adolf Sax. I kid you not. I was honoured

Photos for this project were once again by the fabulous Michael Jungblut. The photo above won the vote but personally I think this one is pretty special too…

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New Member of DieOrdnungDerDinge

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This year I was proud to become a fully fledged member of the ensemble DieOrdnungDerDinge www.dieordnungderdinge.com

DieOrdnungDerDinge are a group of actor/musicians who create staged concert programmes that explore the space between concert and theater/performance in a visual, playful manner.

In June 2016 our newest work, His Master’s Voices – a musical séance, will be premiered at TAK – Theater im Aufbau Haus, Berlin. More information will follow shortly.

Our work together began with the filming of the demo for my music theatre work, staring at the bin, which will be premiered at the Munich Biennale 2016.

In June 2015 we created Bestiarium with the composer Nuria Nuñez Hierro, an interactive music theatre work for children, premiered at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

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Puppet and stage design by Meriel Price at the Baseler Marionettentheater

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In November “Who is the most Powerful on Earth?” came to the charming Marionette Theatre in Basel. The puppets and set design were based on illustrations I made for the book of the same name. Together with Denis Bitterli, the head of the theatre and Mel Myland, puppet maker, we brought the book to life accompanied by the joyful music of Martinu, played by the clair-obscur saxophone quartet.