This is the piece we performed at the TFNM in Zurich and recorded at the radio studio in Lugano. It's scored for the ensemble of 7 musicians with one or more freely improvising soloists (with no score or any limitations whatsoever, which is a highly inspiring concept I'd like to see more of in contemporary music). Here is the radio version, with Patrick Crossland (tb), Raphael Camenisch (sax) and myself as the improvisers (the picture is a screenshot of the septet score)
The piece that gave Ensemble Laboratorium its name in 2005. This is from a compact 120 minute version (37 movements out of 55) with which we toured a few festivals in 2012/13, with Vinko himself joining us on stage as a conductor for "Exercises Articulatoires". The full piece lasts about twice as long.
I've had the opportunity to play this one twice, with Athelas in Copenhagen and two years later with Studio 6 at the BEMUS Festival in Belgrade (for which we still haven't been paid BTW, after 15 months...) Unfortunately the full-length video footage has mysteriously disappeared, but we were able to get some short snippets that one friend filmed from the audience. So, you can still hear a short fragment from a rather long trumpet solo in the last scene.
20. 5. 2012. in Belgrade, at the amazing Ring Ring Festival. A really memorable set. Also, while we were on stage the election results came out, naming right wing Tomislav Nikolić the new president of Serbia.
An opera by Helmut Oehring for 3 deaf-mute soloists, 5 singers, trumpet, bass-clarinet, electric guitar, 3 actors, mixed choir, baroque orchestra, symphony orchestra and live electronics; featuring music by Henry Purcell.
(The impatient ones can skip straight to the poetic scene with a nice trumpet solo at around 45')
World class improvisers and amazing people, the Blank Disc duo from Zrenjanin. And also, really bad at self-promoting, so I have to do it for them :)
We've been collaborating for a while now, our first CD as a trio came out in 2009, here are a few tracks from the unreleased second CD, as well as some video footage from one of the first concerts in the "Improstor" series in Novi Sad.
This project was a brainchild of Patrick and myself, and is maybe even my personal favorite among all the programs we did with Laboratorium. Patrick made three wonderful arrangements of Nancarrow's studies No. 6, 7 and 14, and I arranged Pulau Dewata, the program also included "Greeting Music" and "Et je reverrai cette ville etrange" as well as Nancarrow's "two canons for Ursula" which you can listen to here and here, in the interpretation of my good friend Artur Avanesov.
I scored Pulau Dewata for violin, cello, oboe, trumpet, trombone, 2 melodicas, marimba and piano. The intention was to move away from the usual happy-go-lucky instrumentations with a lot of Balinese percussion, because my feeling is that although the piece is certainly named after, and heavily influenced by Bali, it still has a lot of Vivier's typical inner darkness and alienation, which I think was brought forward with the creepy colors of the melodicas. If there are any Vivier afficionados reading this who are familiar with other arrangements of Pulau Dewata, please, I'd be really glad to hear your comments.
And here is the Study No. 6, scored for three winds and four strings. I'll probably upload the rest of the pieces as well, when I get the time.
CODEX I. From the TV feature on Ensemble Studio 6, aired in April 2013
CODEX XII. The premiere, 28. 4. 2013. KC Rex, Belgrade
Ensemble Phoenix Basel & Z'ev live at Dampfzentrale, Bern 19.06.2011
A hidden gem I recently found on the internet, a 2 am sextet session with Patrick, Rie, Tucker Dulin, Andrew Lafkas and Gill Arno, recorded at Gill's place in Brooklyn, after we came back from the Laboratorium concert.
Here's the link, make sure to scroll until the end of the post, that's where the sound-file is:
A piece for trumpet and bass-drum written by a world-class percussionist and my colleague from the Novi Sad Academy, Nebojša Jovan Živković. We first played and recorded it in the basement of his countryside villa near Kaiserslautern in 2002, after I had just moved to Germany, and after the piece has just been premiered by Hakan Hardenberger and Evelyn Glennie.
This is the second, proper recording that we made in the academy studio in Novi Sad, somewhere around 2007. For copyright reasons, here is just a short excerpt. a mostly improvised last section of the piece.
A portrait concert of brilliant Agata Zubel with Klangforum Wien at the festival in Krakow, there is a very fun trumpet part in the first piece, "Labyrinth" (for voice, flute, trumpet, sax and double bass) and I also appear in "Ulicami ludzkiego miasta" which starts at around 29'
(but it would by no means be a waste of time to watch the entire concert, all 4 pieces were quite strong)
This is a myspace profile of one of the side projects of Ensemble Laboratorium, a stillborn free improv trio called Vibrating Luggage, which has had nearly one public appearance.
Still, there were two very productive late-night recording sessions after and in-between Laboratorium rehearsals (the period is around 2008/2009), and the two tracks have survived on a forgotten myspace page:
The embedding doesn't work, so here's a link:
"In-transit action after Sebastian Brant for actors, improvising brass quintet, amateur wind orchestra, amateur male choir,skateboarders and passers-by"
This is where I've met my dear friends from the Express Brass Band who took me along on a very fun Turkish tour a few weeks later.
I just realize I've been doing a pretty good job staying away from whoever was filming this, but if you are persistent you can spot me somewhere in the crowd, wearing a kilt.
A cycle of 5 pieces for trumpet, oboe, bassoon and piano, to be performed together, written between 1939 and 1943. We did this as students in Karlsruhe, and the audio quality from the camera is quite poor, but I still felt it should be included here because I am a big fan of this music and who knows when there will be a chance to perform it again. Here are the trumpet bits (2 quartets and a Concertino for trumpet and piano).
Performing with me: Petar Hristov, oboe; E-Won Hwang, bassoon; Eriko Takezawa, piano
A second collaboration with Helmut Oehring (after the large scale work Unsichtbar Land in 2006), this time with only 3 actors and the ensemble, with some rather silly choreography, and a lot of brilliant acting bits by our own Alex Gabrys, which unfortunately aren't shown in this trailer. Premiered in fall 2008 at Gare du Nord, Basel
This was part of a "Forum Neue Musik" concert series at the Frankfurt Radio. I was 20 years old at the time and this was pretty much my very first encounter with micro-tonal composition and complex rhythmical structures (later I will post a screenshot of a couple of bars from the first page)
Recorded live at the Studio 6 concert in CK13, Novi Sad on June 28, 2014 (I remember watching Brazil beat Chile on penalties seconds before going out on the stage)
This is just an excerpt (last part of the 2nd movement) and the full recording will appear on CK13's live compilation release that is scheduled to come out in early 2015. A studio recording is also planned as a part of the Studio 6's long term project to record all of his solo pieces in a CD box set.