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| Wabe Berlin

Remix Letters - Contemporary music and language

Julius Holtz | Electronics
Katia Guedes | Soprano, Percussions
Andreas F. Staffel | Piano

Texts, poems, words, sounds as well as historical sound documents are redesigned and contextualized with the aid of the remixing process in this concert. The language is changed and alienated. By decompositiing, new contexts of meaning and interpretations arise. By changing the sound colors, the singing part gets a new and not infrequently instrumental character.

Location: Wabe Berlin, Danzigerstrasse 101, 10405 Berlin

Admission charge: 10 € | 7 € | 6 €
(Tickethotline: 030-25048799)

The event is sponsored by the inm


Luciano Berio: Sequenza Nr. III (1966)
Katia Guedes: Ad-diction (2017, U.A.)
Julius Holtz: Romance, A Nocturne in Z Minor (2017, U.A.)
Andreas F. Staffel: Destillationen (2017, U.A.)

The music

Luciano Berio: "Sequenza III" (1966)
The play has been written for a virtuoso singer / actress, as was the dedicatee, Berio's wife, Cathy Berberian. Singing is only one of the numerous expressions of the human voice, of which Berio makes use here. In the explanations of the sign, he lists 15 techniques, including "salmonal alvae, teeth clattering, larynx against the upper lip," as well as 44 lecture terms such as "remote, dreamy, ecstatic, extremely intense, fading away".

The piece is a spirit inside a mind, inside a spirit: My collaboration with Christian Hawkey and Georg Trakl.
Trakl died in 1914. Like Heideger, he also knew that the ghostly is not a religious state but an intermediate stage, a "to be frightened, to be beside itself, in ek-stase."
In this sense, the collaboration of the living and the dead signifies the clashing of spirits, as imagined and composed in their essence acts of themselves beside themselves.

Katia Guedes: „ad-diction“ for soprano and live electronics
"Ad-diction" is a piece exploring the formation as well as the deformation of the language. By separating from the basic concepts of concepts, one often comes across other meanings as well as other ideas. In the case of alienation, however, the electronics also contribute to a different interpretation of the terms, and changes what was previously meaning. (Diction) In a game between disconnecting and doing together (we add), we repeat small models, which never actually repeat themselves identically, in a non-ending game that can also be addictive! (Addiction)

Andreas F. Staffel: Destillationen for soprano, piano, live electronics and backing-up
„Destillationen“(1953) is the title of one of the last published poems by the poet and doctor Gottfried Benn. In my new song cycle some of these poems are used together with "Aprèlude" (1955). The song set of soprano and piano mixed in the first song with sound documents of Benn's own readings and noise. Together with the live-electronic alteration of the voices, a multi-voice soundscape is created, in which language is sometimes given a physical dimension and transformed instrumentally. In the second poem "Your Etudes" the singing is amplified by percussions. The third piece "Only Two Things" completely renounces the use of the piano. From a single sopran voice, a separate, inner chorus is created in interaction with the electronics. In the fourth and last play: "What one calls" appears, on the other hand, only soprano and piano. The "Melody", conjured up by Benn, is here merely mummed or whistled, and carried by the piano "mute".
Berlin, May 2017
Andreas F. Staffel

Duo ad.Lib (Staffel/Holtz) - 'REMIX' - Acker Stadt Plast June 2016

Duo ad.lib "Remix" from Julius Holtz on Vimeo.

The artists

Julius Holtz

Julius Holtz, born in 1982, is a composer, musician and multidisciplinary artist living in Berlin. His artistic work combines contemporary music composition, sound installations, video and performance. Holtz's work opens up new fields of the artistic experiment by the recontextualisation of the aesthetic form language of different formats and media.

Holtz graduated from the University of the Arts in Berlin in the field of sound studies. During and after his studies, he presented works in Berlin's experimental music scene, in places like the Palace Palace, Quiet Cue and abroad Berlin. The music of Julius Holtz was published on experimental music labels and broadcast on Deutschlandradio. He is the author of various music works that have been synchronized to the film track. These include experimental films as well as large German cinema productions. A variety of prestigious festivals and institutions presented Holtz work in the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Scandinavia and Europe. Among them were the New Festivals Film Festival (Jay, New York, 2008), House of World Cultures (Transformations, Berlin 2009), Wet Sounds Festival (Paraconsistent Invention, London, 2011), Centro de Cultura Digital, And Ultima Festival (Yuaríya Valcári in collaboration with Marisol Jimenez, Oslo, 2016). Since 2013 he has been playing with the composer and pianist Andreas F. Staffel in the duo Ad lib.

Katja Guedes

Born in Santo André - São Paulo - Brazil. Lives in Berlin. Study (oboe and singing) at the University of the State of São Paulo, Brazil. Scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation for a vocal training course in Germany, in Stuttgart at the "Hochschule für Musik und Performing Arts" and later in Berlin at the "Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler" at Inge Uibel. Masterclasses with Ileana Cotrubas and Elio Battaglia.

Opera productions in Brazil and Germany, among others. As Queen of the Night, Gilda, Lucia de Lammermoor and Morgana ("Alcina"), as well as Gabrielle in "The Devils of Loudun" by Penderecki under W. Jurowski and Harry Kupfer in the Semperoper - Dresden.

(Stelzenbach / Hoyer), "two floors, one of which is the" No stairs "(Klaus Lang)," Destino das Oito "(Chico Mello)," La philosophie dans le labyrinthe "(Aureliano Cattaneo)," Der Sonne entgegen "by Lucia Ronchetti in Gelsenkirchen and MaezMusik2010," niebla "(Mendoza / Rebstock), as well as" the architektur de regens "by Klaus Lang at the Munich Biennale 2008.
She is also regularly present in the new musical theater productions from the Konzerthaus Berlin.

nternational Music Festival, Musical Festivals: Gaudeamus Amsterdam, Campos do Jordão and Musica Nova Brasil, Acarte Portugal, musicadhoy Madrid, comPositions, zeitfenster, randspiele, Musikbiennale, MarchMusic and Ultrasound Berlin, WorldmusicFestival Korea, Dresden Music Festival, Tagesderneuemusik Braunschweig, Frankfurt am Main, Musikbiennale Munich, in collaboration with the ensemble "Mosaik", "Kammerensenble Neue Musik Berlin", "Modern Art Sextet", "resonance", "courage", "nieuw ensemble amsterdam" and "Klangforum-Wien".

Andreas F. Staffel

Andreas F. Staffel studied piano at the Musikhochschule Frankfurt a. M. (class Andreas Maier Herrmann) and in the masterclass with Prof. Oleg Maisenberg at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart. From 1997-2000 he was a student of the composition classes of Bojidar Dimov and Prof. Manfred Trojahn at the Robert Schumann Hochschule Düsseldorf. He attended numerous master classes for piano and composition, among others. With Wolfgang Rihm, Pierre Laurant Aimard, and Vitali Margoulis, and participated in the Darmstadt Ferienkurse for New Music.

This was followed by several scholarship stays, among others. In New York and Ahrenshoop. Andreas F. Staffel is a prizewinner of the Edvard C. Cone Foundation in Princeton (USA) and fellowship of the Millay Foundation New York, as well as the Künstlerhaus Ahrenshoop. In 2008 his second string quartet ("Asanisimasa") was selected for the final of the Concours Dutilleux in Tours. At the opera competition for the Central Station in Berlin, Andreas Staffel's short "sotto voce" was awarded a prize. In 2013 he was a finalist of the Weimar Frühjahrstage for New MusicHe has received numerous compositional comissions and has performed as a soloist, accompanist and orchestra in many cities of Europe, North and Central America and repeatedly in Central and Southeast Asia. In 2008, he founded the Ensemble Anthemion. In 2009 he founded the Musicstudio Ohrpheo in Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg.

Performances by Ensemble Mosaik, Minguet Quartet, Sonic Art Saxophone Quartet, Martin and Cecilia Gelland, Ensemble Young Music, Ensemble Konvergence, Aachen Symphony Orchestra, Wang Whoo Moon, Antje Thierbach, Susanne Stock, Sergej Tchirkow, Nasan Tur, Xenon Ensemble.

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Artistic direction and curation of the festival: Andreas F. Staffel

Das Musikkonzert von EnCounterpoints 2022 wird gefördert vom Bezirksamt Pankow