Ensemble Garage | English Vita


At the beginning of 2009, composer Brigitta Muntendorf established Ensemble Garage as a platform for musicians, composers and other artists to explore and display new ideas, concepts, and pieces. Since its creation, the ensemble has focused on bringing the works of younger composers to life through the process of collective and cooperative rehearsing.

Through its work, the ensemble seeks to answer questions about ‘our’ generation: Who does it consist of? Where does it congregate or belong? What does it think and do? What does it use and create, and, most importantly, hear and want others to hear? Ensemble Garage´s intent in presenting works is embedded in a transmedial understanding of contemporary music and joyful engagement with the interaction between content and performance situations of individual works.

Since its foundation, Ensemble Garage has worked closely with the conductor Mariano Chiacchiarini. This relationship has consistently guaranteed a dynamic interplay and a collective musical development.

The Ensemble has presented unusual concert formats throughout Germany and was invited to festivals such as Ultraschall Festival Berlin, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Ruhrtriennale, De Bijloke Gent, Spor Festival Aarhus, éclat Festival Stuttgart, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen, Tonlagen Festival Hellerau, Darmstädter summer courses or Philharmonic Cologne and Essen. In 2019/20 the Ensemble will also give concerts at Mixtur Festival Barcelona, Ultima Festival Oslo, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and Musica Strasbourg.

The ensemble initiated exchange projects with young composers between Cologne and Paris, Istanbul, Helsinki and Rochester (NY). CD Productions (with Jagoda Szmytka, Brigitta Muntendorf and Steffen Krebber), broadcasts and different artistic collaborations (Electric Indigo, Erik Bosgraaf, Michael Beil, Cio D’Or) chaperone the ensemble ’s endeavors which include the concert series “Frau Musica (nova)” at German Radio.

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