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musikFabrik / Landesensemble NRW eV

Thomas Oesterdiekhoff, executive director

Im Mediapark 7

T. 49-221-719471940
F. 49-221-719471947



musikFabrik-for beginners

When posed the question "what could a musikFabrik be?" a clever primary school child answered: "That is where they create music that hasn't been made yet". That basically sums up everything in a nutshell. MusikFabrik has been commissioning new works and performing unknown ones since 1991. It is never just a question of interpretation, but of taking new paths of development. The Cologne-based soloist ensemble has built up a close collaboration with prominent conductors and composers. The ensemble's guest list is as prominent as it is long. It includes Louis Andriessen, Stefan Asbury, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Mauricio Kagel, and Helmut Lachenmann. Zsolt Nagy, Emmanuel Nunes, Peter Rundel, Rebecca Saunders, Wolfgang Rihm and Hans Zender.

Contrary to what its name suggests, the musikFabrik does not have a boss. With its democratic base, the musicians themselves take the responsibility for making all-important decisions. This particularly applies to concert programming, which has shaped musikFabrik's very unique profile. Their programmes consist of interdisciplinary projects that can include: live electronics, dance, theatre, film, literature, visual arts, along with chamber music and the confrontation with works using an open form and improvisation.
The musikFabrik is as open as its mission: To create music that is not there yet.
musikFabrik in WDR

The musikFabrik has been running its wp series in WDR (West-German Radio) since 2003. This series enables us to broaden our artistic horizons, often in close collaboration with the composers we commission. Recent events include: the highly entertaining Vesperbild by Mauro Lanza, the inclusion of live electronics in a premiere work by Michel van der Aa, and the complete Chiffre cycle by Wolfgang Rihm. Information: www.musikfabrik.org

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