for EWI quartet. drum machine and DJ (premieres on May 11th, 2019)
To create a digital sound with a human breath, seems to me the best musical metaphor for a symbiosis of “Man” and “Maschine”. The EWI seems to be the perfect instrument to create a composition for wind players on the trail of Kraftwerk’s masterpiece “Die Mensch Maschine”. The world has been changing rapidly and I hope I was able to catch the spirit of the Kraftwerk and create something new that inspires to go ahead in the quest of the symbiosis of humans and machines.
for saxophone quartet (SATB) and piano (premieres July 3rd, 2019)
Repetition is one of the key musical elements of “Quintett.” I was intrigued by repetitive patterns, modifying them and adding voices in a modal harmonic context. The piece was written when I was pulled out of my daily routine by a life changing event. I had a feeling that the repetitiveness of one note, very much symbolized the state I was in: neither here nor there, in a situation where one knows that life will never be the same, not sure if it is better to look forward or to stay in the past. In this piece I wanted to achieve exactly that state of mind. The piece breaks out of the repetitiveness in the final movement, where it moves forward into a waltz-like, decisive finale.
for soprano saxophone, piano und tape
for saxophone quartet (S, A, T/S, B)
Writing a saxophone quartet for clair-obscur has been on my mind for a long time. As a composer I mainly work for TV and film and the opportunity to write for my former quartet was very tempting and liberating, because this time I didn’t have to care about what’s happening in the film. It wasn’t a big surprise for me that, while composing the piece, suddenly there were my very own film scenes in my head.
for 2 soprano saxophones und tape
The piece reflects the inner monologue, once involved with a TV remote control. Certain noise bits are getting processed, while others just became an abstract sound scenery. In our “Zapping”, we get driven by an anxious beat, consisting of switch noises and are fading out with the sounds of the German dubbed “The Avengers”. The main note of the piece is the sounding B, the tune of the broadcasting note of Channel 34 in Berlin.