Electronic Concert by Vokalsystem

Warm invitation to this summer’s performances of Vokalsystem Berlin! We are presenting an electronic choral concert programme named [ˈkʁiːzə] (crisis), featuring music by Claudio Monteverdi, Benjamin Britten, Melissa Dunphy, Caroline Shaw, Ted Hearne, Radiohead, and others. Johannes David Wolff and Artschi Loyan are already bursting with playfulness and creativity, and I’m sure it will be a blast. Tickets at €14 / €9 are still available for the events on Friday 12 July, 8 pm, or Saturday 13 July, 6 pm and 8 pm, at the former distillery Monopol Berlin (a really cool space for vocal performances, by the way). Please refer to this website to book your ticket.

GMTH Lecture on Music Notation

Dear friends and colleagues, this is an invitation to attend the forthcoming event in the international online lecture series of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, taking place next week on Monday, July 1, 2024, 19:00 CEST. We are pleased to welcome Robert Komaniecki (University of British Columbia) who will present a talk entitled »Sheet Music Goes Viral: On the Past and Present of Music Notation as an Object of Aesthetic Significance«. This promises to be a both insightful and entertaining lecture, so please join us! Registration is possible via the GMTH website.

GMTH Panel on Political Pressure

Exciting discussion upcoming: In the framework of the international lecture series of the Gesellschaft für Musiktheorie, which I have the pleasure of co-organising, there will be an online panel on the topic »Political Pressure and Abuse of Power in Academia and Music Institutions« next Thursday, 13 June, at 7 pm CEST. The composers Stefan Pohlit and Vladimir Rannev will discuss their experiences of ideological influence, discrimination, and institutional violence executed by their former employers in Türkiye and Russia. We are pleased to have music theorist Ellen Bakulina as a session chair.

Looking forward to an intriguing and possibly controversial exchange of thoughts! If you would like to join, please register via the GMTH website in order to receive the Zoom link.

Preparatory Workshop in Music Theory

I will be offering a preparatory workshop soon again for music theory entrance exams at music universities in North Rhine Westphalia, organised by Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband NRW. Please notify your students who consider an application in Cologne, Detmold, Düsseldorf, Essen, or Münster!

» Thursday and Friday, 16–17 May, 2024 | 3–7 pm
» online via Zoom | participation fee: EUR 65
» click here for the registration form

Performances by Young Harpists

My composition Song without Words for solo harp will be included as a compulsory piece in the 10th Competition for Harpists of the Verband der Harfenisten Deutschland. The event takes place in the Thüringer Landesmusikakademie Sondershausen, 1–5 May 2024. If you happen to be in Thuringia at the next weekend, please stop by! The piece will be performed by about 15 young contestants, aged 10–12 years, on 4 May, 9 am to 4 pm.