Ensemble Garage presents works involving inspirational quotes and messages from another world, in a programme that combines choreographed movement, video, instrumental practice and cynical play to create worlds of curiosity and unease.
On their first visit to Ireland, the politically engaged and technically virtuosic Ensemble Garage present a true multimedia concert of fearless, iconoclastic music that has to be experienced
An affair with a television and a marriage with a tape recorder, socio-sonic experiments, a ritual for sad people, private lives turned inside out to the public as an object of creativity, creating a dark comedy and that shows the absurdity of life, love and politics – including the sacred music of late capitalism, worshipping the last remaining god – the invisible hand of the free market which transforms the egoism of the individual into the benefit and wealth of the community.
While maintaining a foothold in the abstract, the programme is conceived as an attempt to erase the disconnection between art and the experience of life – a compositional expedition to the border regions between reality and virtuality.
“I love the sound of Ensemble Garage. It’s not lovely, it’s fragile. It thrives on tension and vibration; it is fast forward and powerful. There is a depth in this sound and energy that can only exist because of strong personalities…who are able to communicate with each other and make this communication tangible through precision, power and the courage to be fragile. Just love it!” Brigitta Muntendorf
Matthias Kranebitter (AT),
Concerto for the Invisible Hand (after Adam Smith) (2015, 15′)
Natacha Diels (USA),
Sad Music for Lonely People, for samplers, percussion, viola d’amore and video (2018, rev. 2022, 13′)
Roman Pfeifer (DE),
when I Say We I Mean My Tape Recorder and Me, for saxophone, percussion, piano, viola and soundtrack (2010, 12′)
Brigitta Muntendorf (DE),
Public Privacy #4: Leap in the Dark, for electric guitar and video (2015, 7′)
Andreas Eduardo Frank (DE),
YESNONONOYES (2019, 10′)
Frank Riedel, saxophone
Annegret Mayer-Lindenberg, viola, viola d’amore
Yuka Ohta, percussion
Malgorzata Walentynowicz, piano, keyboard
Johannes Öllinger, electric guitar
Lukas Nowok, sound engineer
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Artistic Director: Fergal Dowling
Audio production, Studio4 Lighting: Eoin Lennon
PR: Conleth Teevan
Social Media : Aoife Browne
Ensemble Garage was founded in 2009 in Cologne, Germany. Its ten members are on a quest for answers on artistic, social and aesthetic issues that define our time. In doing so, the Ensemble is exploring methods and means to create fields of expression through contemporary composition.
Since its foundation the ensemble has projected an innovative artistic impulse, shifting the focus on the reflection of the (post)-internet-society with its digital-medial manifestations, shaping the development in new music towards trans-medial, theatrical and performative forms of production.
An important part of the ensemble’s work is the collaboration and exchange with other artists, particularly composers of the younger generation. Therefore Ensemble Garage has organized and curated numerous exchange-concerts with young composers from Germany, Poland, the USA, Finland, Turkey and France, and others. The ensemble regularly collaborates with guest curators and artists from various fields such as video (e.g. Warped Type) and dance (e.g. Mouvoir / Stephanie Thiersch). In doing so it implements the “Community of Practice” – an artistic work method in which members of diverse artistic domains collaboratively explore their respective practice, which may result into a concrete artistic work.
Since fall 2019 the Ensemble Garage hosts its own concert series entitled Acts ‘n Sounds several times per year, presenting diverse programmatic concepts with varying topics at different venues in Cologne. It also partners with the concert series FRAU MUSICA NOVA, developing trans-medial concerts, which transgress boundaries of club-culture, experimental music theatre and performance, especially supporting the artistic work of women.
Ensemble Garage regularly performs at festivals throughout Germany and abroad, including Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, Eclat Stuttgart, Warsaw Autumn, Musica Strasbourg, Ruhrtriennale, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Kunstfestpiele Herrenhausen, SPOR Festival Aarhus (Denmark), GAIDA Festival Vilnius (Lithuania) and Mixtur Barcelona (Spain). Ensemble Garage is sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
‘Dublin Sound Lab is doing an important job for those in Ireland who remain passionate about music in the post-war avant-garde lineage and who rarely get the opportunity to hear such ‘difficult’ music performed… …flying the flag in Ireland over the past decade for European modernism.’ Liam Cagney, Journal of Music, June 2016
‘One of the pleasures of Music Current is the subtlety and sophistication of the sonic manipulation.’ Michael Dervan, Irish Times, 3 May 2017
‘One of the finest electroacoustic ensembles on the island at present, Dublin Sound Lab.’ Bernard Clarke, Nova, RTÉ Lyric FM, 26 May 2013
‘Where we are at musically these days in terms of technology’ Liam Cagney, Musical Criticism, December 2009
Supported by the Arts Council, Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, MidAtlantic Arts Foundation, Contemporary Music Centre, Goethe Institute & IMRO