Gordon Kampe

Gordon Kampe

Gordon Kampe (*1976 in Herne) studied composition with Hans-Joachim Hespos, Adriana Hölszky and Nicolaus A. Huber as well as music and history in Bochum after training as an electrician. He has received several awards, including the Composition Prize of the City of Stuttgarter (2007 and 2011), the Composer Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and the Rome Prize. Since 2017 he is professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. One focus of his work is in the field of vocal music and music theater. The genres here range from experimental forms and piece developments, live radio plays, and music theater for children to opera. Grdon Kampe likes sounds, dance and songs.

Manfred Weiss

Manfred Weiss

Manfred Weiß has been Artistic Director of the Semper Zwei venue and the Education Department at the Semperoper in Dresden since the 2010/11 season. From 2002 to 2006, he held the same positions at the Stuttgart State Opera’s Junge Oper. As a freelance director, he has worked in Mannheim, Bochum, Basel, Hannover and Tel Aviv, among other places. Teaching assignments have taken him to the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis and the Stuttgart University of Music and Performing Arts, among others.  As an author and librettist, he has collaborated with composers such as Mike Svoboda, Johannes Wulff-Woesten, Thierry Tidrow and Zad Moultaka, with commissioned works for the Stuttgart State Opera, the Semperoper Dresden, the Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf/Duisburg, the Theater Bielefeld and the Dortmund Opera, among others.

Ensemble Ascolta

Ensemble Ascolta

Since 2003, Ensemble Ascolta has enriched the new music landscape in Germany and Europe with its special sound and unusual projects. In the meantime, Ascolta has inspired and premiered over 250 works for its special instrumentation, including works by Pierluigi Billone, Chaya Czernowin, Beat Furrer, Isabel Mundry, Olga Neuwirth and Hans Thomalla. The ensemble has performed at nearly all important festivals for new music (including Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Festival Eclat Stuttgart, Lucerne Festival, Ultima Oslo, Wien Modern) and has followed international concert invitations to places such as the USA, Singapore and Israel.
CLOSING
The possibilities of scenic concert formats interest the seven musicians just as much as border areas between new, old and popular music. In collaboration with artists from the fields of video, performance and multimedia, projects such as »Der absolute Film« and »Schatten« (in cooperation with ZDF/arte), Jennifer Walshe’s »meanwhile, back at the ranch«, Simon Steen-Andersen’s »Staged Night« or the music-theatrical production »Vor dem Gesetz« by Martin Smolka and Jiří Adámek were created.

7 Zwerge

7 Zwerge

The ensemble Ascolta was looking for a children’s piece. Because the 7 musicians believe that it is important to combine music for children with a story and / or to offer educational material beyond the piece. What could be more natural for 7 musicians than to come up with »Snow White«, said the author and director Manfred Weiß and wrote a version for the 7 musicians and their instruments. And it goes like this: The »7 Dwarfs« were a famous band and even super successful with Snow White as their singer. But since she is with her prince, nothing works out anymore… Gordon Kampe congenially developed a wonderfully crazy music to this libretto, which responds to the individual characters as well as to the instruments of the ensemble Ascolta. And all the children can learn a lot before and after the experience about what it means to make music and sing together. Because: you wouldn’t believe it, but it’s true: they also sing, the 7 of them!
Juliane Votteler

 

»Don’t be silly!« How often I have heard that! Probably we have all heard it before. And why should anyone stick to it? The dwarves, at least, don’t. They’re silly, a bit ballaballaand: they’re really, really sad because they’ve lost Snow White. Actually, I’ve been a dwarf for 45 years, probably the one who eats too much Nutella and makes noise. Never mind. Being silly and contrite at the same time is okay, the main thing is to have a few songs handy. In hardly any other genre do I feel as free andif I may say soalso as uninhibited as with children’s pieces, without which the other pieces would not be possible at all. Of course the round fits into the square, of course there are children’s songs to sing along to (please sing along all of you, really!) and of course there are noises, squeals and squeals and squeals! Sad, silly, cheerful, serious…. All at the same time, like a child’s birthday party in Wanne-Eickel. Besides, who looks in a mirror while pouting?
Gordon Kampe

Gordon Kampe

Gordon Kampe (*1976 in Herne) studied composition with Hans-Joachim Hespos, Adriana Hölszky and Nicolaus A. Huber as well as music and history in Bochum after training as an electrician. He has received several awards, including the Composition Prize of the City of Stuttgarter (2007 and 2011), the Composer Prize of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and the Rome Prize. Since 2017 he is professor of composition at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg. One focus of his work is in the field of vocal music and music theater. The genres here range from experimental forms and piece developments, live radio plays, and music theater for children to opera. Grdon Kampe likes sounds, dance and songs.

7 Zwerge

1a
01.02.
17:00
Theaterhaus, T3
Gordon Kampe composition Manfred Weiss text, scenic concept Katharina Müller set design Juliane Votteler dramaturgy
Theresa Szorek soprano Ensemble Ascolta

Gordon Kampe: 7 Zwerge

music theater for children and adults (2021/22) ᵁᴬ

Ensemble Ascolta takesnot least for its own biographical reasonsfor the first time the very young generation into consideration and commissions for a children’s music theater two artists who bring a very large experience in this genre. However, the 7 dwarfsin seven precisely imaginative roles that Manfred Weiss and Gordon Kampe have written and composed for the Ascolta musiciansfirst have to prove whether they can all become a »winning team«: They absolutely have to win a competition that lies ahead of them so that they can keep their hut and their instruments. The famous band »The 7 Dwarfs« had a huge success with the wonderfully singing Snow White. But Snow White left with a princesince then the dwarfs only quarrel and do not find their usual confident sound. So Snow White has to savebut she doesn’t answer! Has she forgotten her 7 friends?

Eine Produktion von Ascolta
gefördert durch den Musikfonds/Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung im Zusammenhang mit dem Programm NEUSTART KULTUR sowie das Ministerium für Wissenschaft Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg.