Ensemble Pamplemousse performs new and recent works by Belgian composer Stefan Prins, Danish composer Simon Steen-Andersen, and Pamplemousse composers Rama Gottfried, Andrew Greenwald, and Natacha Diels.
Works for violin and cello (world premiere JEKU ii (Greenwald) and recent work Study #2 (Steen-Andersen)) will bookend ensemble works by Prins (Infiltrationen v.2) and Gottfried (e80i.3), disrupted rudely by Diels' eyeball piece Nystagmus.
Ensemble Pamplemousse is: Natacha Diels, Kiku Enomoto, Jessie Marino, and David Broome.
About the composers and the ensemble:
Composer/performer collective Ensemble Pamplemousse was founded in 2002 to provide a focal point for like-minded creators with a thirst for sonic exploration. The ensemble is a close-knit group of divergent artistic personalities, emergent from training in disparate musical fields. Their collective love for the exquisite in all sonic realms leads the ensemble to persistently discover new vistas of sound at the frayed edges of dissective instrumental performance technique. Compositions aggregate each member's unique virtuosic talents into extraordinary magical moments. In the flexible moments of performance, the ensemble weaves together shapes of resonance, clusters of glitch, skitters of hyper action, and masses of absurdity into impeccable structures of unified beauty.
Through the medium of music he reflects upon technology and its relation to the human by problematizing or recontextualizing certain aspects of it. He has attended masterclasses with a.o. Chaya Czernowin, Steven Tagasuki, Richard Barrett, Enno Poppe, Georges Aperghis, Beat Furrer, Vladimir Tarnopolski, Karlheinz Essl and participated in live-electronics workshops with Gerhard Eckel at the IEM in Graz and with Orm Finnendahl at the Musikhochschule Freiburg.
Received numerous awards for his music, most recently the Kranichsteiner Music Award
2008 and the International Rostrum of Composers Prize 2010.
Has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, the latter allowing him to pursue graduate composition studies first at Wesleyan University (working with advisor Alvin Lucier), and presently at Stanford University, as a Doctoral student working with Brian Ferneyhough, Mark Applebaum, and Erik Ulman.
Since 2002, he has been composer in residence with New York based Ensemble Pamplemousse exploring instrumental and electro-acoustic techniques, conceptual curation, and installation performance.
Has commissioned and premiered dozens of works and performed at spectacular venues all over the United States and Europe. Natacha is especially fond of electroacoustic chamber music, and fulfills this love through Ensemble Pamplemousse. Natacha also performs with Red Light (virtuosic European Avant-Garde) and On Structure (performance art).
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