Ensemble Phoenix

Date - Sunday 24 March
8:00 pm The Warehouse

7pm – Pre-concert talk in The Cello Factory, Tim Rutherford-Johnson on contemporary music in Switzerland. Reception and complimentary wine for concert goers courtesy of the Swiss Embassy

AMoosbruggerEnsemble Phoenix (Basel)

In London Ear Festival’s final concert for 2013 we hear the virtuoso Ensemble Phoenix, who come from one of Europe’s nerve-centres of contemporary music: Basel, in Switzerland. The programme includes a world premiere from the young Austrian composer Alexander Moosbrugger, a piece by London Ear director Gwyn Pritchard which draws on images from Balinese puppet theatre, and two pieces by cutting edge Swiss composers. A great way to end a festival; and anyone who thinks that Switzerland is only a country of chocolate, cheese and banks will have to think again after this concert!!

Hanspeter Kyburz (CH)
Danse Aveugle *

Franz Furrer-Münch ((CH)
Skizzenbuch *

Alexander Moosbrugger (AT)
Fonds, Schach, Basar **

Gwyn Pritchard (GB)
Wayang *

Ensemble Phoenix (Basel) was founded in 1998. From the start, this highly versatile orchestra for contemporary music had a significant impact on the cultural scene of its home city. Today, it is one of the most important groups of its kind in Switzerland and has also gained an international reputation. The number of musicians onstage can range from two to almost thirty, making the ensemble ideally suited for performing the works of contemporary composers. The ensemble is constantly on the move, exploring new horizons. This quest for new experiences allows the group to keep expanding the scope of its activities, from its concert series in Basel to tours in Switzerland or appearances at international festivals. Ensemble Phoenix believes that staging world premiere performances of new compositions, together with commissioning works, is an excellent way of supporting new talent. Numerous young musical creators and composers from Switzerland and elsewhere have benefited from this programme.

Tickets: £10 (£7 concession) on the door