Andreas Eduardo Frank

Andreas Eduardo Frank

Andreas Eduardo Frank (*1987) is a composer, media artist and performer. His œuvre is characterized by close collaborations with outstanding interpreters and artists of various disciplines.

He works at the interface between real and virtual, between music, performance, choreography, video and theater.
Playing with absurdity, humor and precision, he wants to »glitter in a virtuoso way with what doesn’t glitter, build castles of thought without fear of tearing them down again, in order to derive from their rubble a genuine concept of music that flirts boldly with other disciplines.«

He actively shapes numerous performances and commissions in Europe, Asia and America as a sound director or performer in addition to composing. His works are interpreted internationally by renowned sound ensembles and artist:ing. Since 2019 he is artistic director of the Ensemble Lemniscate Basel, he is laureate of the 64th composition competition of the state capital Stuttgart and since 2021 member of the program group of the Festival Rümlingen.

Matthias Rebstock

Matthias Rebstock

Matthias Rebstock (*1970 in Rottweil) works as a director and author in the field of contemporary music theater. The focus of his work is on play developments in the border area between music, theater and digital media as well as premieres of music theater and new operas. He studied piano, school music and philosophy at the UdK Berlin and King’s College London and assisted Daniel Ott, George Tabori, Andreas Homoki and Achim Freyer, among others. In 2001 he founded the music theater ensemble leitundlause and has since worked regularly with the stage and costume designer Sabine Hilscher. Since 2004 he has had a close collaboration with the composer Elena Mendoza. His works can be seen at national and international festivals and stages. Matthias Rebstock is professor of scenic music at the University of Hildesheim and author of numerous books and articles on forms of staging music, especially forms of musicalized theater, music theater and opera, as well as on the history and aesthetics of new music. Teaching assignments and guest lectureships have taken him to the UdK Berlin and the Hochschule der Künste Bern, among others.

Sabine Hilscher

Sabine Hilscher

Sabine Hilscher studied fine arts and costume design at the Udk Berlin. With a sculptural approach to costume design, she experiments with unusual materials and forms and an installative approach to stage spaces. Recently, the main focus of her work has been (premiere) performances in the field of new music with the director Matthias Rebstock, as well as work on the borderline between visual art/installation and theater. She works internationally for opera, drama, dance and music theater, in the field of children’s musical theater also with her own directorial works, and holds teaching and work commissions for costume/stage/performance at the University of Hildesheim, the HkB Braunschweig and the UdK Berlin. Sabine Hilscher persistently searches for interconnections in the arts, between graphics, drawing and projections, between music and movement, visual arts and prose texts. Since 2021 she is a scholarship holder of the state of Berlin for new German literature.

http://www.sabinehilscher.de

Miguel Ángel García Martín

Miguel Ángel García Martín

Miguel Ángel García Martín (*1989, Zamora) is a percussionist, performer and improviser active in a variety of contexts such as contemporary classical music, multidisciplinary performances and experimental music based in Basel, Switzerland.
Seeking new sound worlds, developing unconventional playing techniques and collaborating with other artists are currently the basis of his artistic praxis. Some fruitful examples are the collaboration with Swiss drummer Julian Sartorius or different music-theaters with e.g. Simon Steen-Andersen or Ondrej Adamek.
Miguel is member of the percussion quartet »ensemble this | ensemble that«, the »Fachbetrieb Rita Grechen« theater company, the »KvG Bottom Orchestra« and the »Ensemble Lemniscate«.
www.miguelangelgarciamartin.com

Neue Vocalsolisten

Neue Vocalsolisten

The seven singers see themselves as explorers and discoverers who are constantly searching for new forms of vocal expression in exchange with composers. One focus is the work with artists who virtuously exploit the possibilities of digital media, with a desire for networking, playing with genres, dissolving space, perspectives and functions. The ensemble’s projects are characterised by idiosyncratic interdisciplinary formats between music theatre, performance, installation and concert staging. With more than 30 premieres a year, the ensemble’s work is regarded worldwide as leading and unique in the field of contemporary vocal music. The ensemble’s partners are always top-class specialist ensembles and orchestras, international opera houses, the independent theatre scene, electronic studios and numerous organisers of festivals and concert series of new music all over the world.

 

Against this background, the Neue Vocalsolisten have formed the genre of vocal chamber music theater. The singers also regularly collaborate with artists from non-European musical cultures and genres. In VOICE AFFAIRS, the Neue Vocalsolisten initiate artistic border crossings in which contemporary music is infected by the diversity of Lebanon’s experimental music scenes.

In its new series »Magical Spaces«, the ensemble, together with three young web designers, explores future performance formats between analog and digital perception, exploring all the possibilities of digital media.

HYPHEMIND

HYPHEMIND

is a hybrid music theater: a real-virtual expedition into the whimsical world of fungi. What can we learn from the specialists of symbioses and their mycelial networks? What do our human ideas of individuality, intelligence and society look like from their perspective? Can we overcome the crisis of the Anthropocene with them and come to new forms of coexistence between humans, nature and machines?

The music of Andreas Eduardo Frank takes up the text of Matthias Rebstock and lets the most different styles collide in a virtuoso way. It plays with wit and power, with pop elements, analog synthesizers, shimmering soundscapes and through-composed light and video sequences. Like the mushrooms, the music is the medium of symbiosis and mediates between text, the analog visual language of Sabine Hilscher, AI-controlled animations by Niklas Berlec and the stage action.

Between presence and online performance, the online audience can establish contact with the hall audience, the performers and the unknown world of mushrooms through polls and online games. A digital-analogous wattle grows, which wants to connect with the mushroom mycelia to a cross-species network, the HYPHEMIND.

HYPHEMIND is a piece development in which text, music, performance, graphics and web design were created simultaneously and closely related to each other over a series of rehearsal phases.
Andreas Eduardo Frank and Matthias Rebstock

Andreas Eduardo Frank

Andreas Eduardo Frank (*1987) is a composer, media artist and performer. His œuvre is characterized by close collaborations with outstanding interpreters and artists of various disciplines.

He works at the interface between real and virtual, between music, performance, choreography, video and theater.
Playing with absurdity, humor and precision, he wants to »glitter in a virtuoso way with what doesn’t glitter, build castles of thought without fear of tearing them down again, in order to derive from their rubble a genuine concept of music that flirts boldly with other disciplines.«

He actively shapes numerous performances and commissions in Europe, Asia and America as a sound director or performer in addition to composing. His works are interpreted internationally by renowned sound ensembles and artist:ing. Since 2019 he is artistic director of the Ensemble Lemniscate Basel, he is laureate of the 64th composition competition of the state capital Stuttgart and since 2021 member of the program group of the Festival Rümlingen.

HYPHEMIND

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05.02.
20:00
Theaterhaus, T2
Andreas Eduardo Frank composition Matthias Rebstock text, direction Sabine Hilscher stage, costume, graphics Miguel Ángel García Martín percussion, objects, performance alisch berlec hönow communication- and motion-design Matthias Schneider-Hollek sound direction Miriam Götz Produktionsassistenz
Neue Vocalsolisten

Andreas Eduardo Frank: HYPHEMIND

Music theater hybrid. (2021/22) ᵁᴬ

Developing »magic spaces« and using all digital possibilities to provide an interesting and auratic concert experience even for a distant audience was the artistic survival strategy of the Neue Vocalsolisten in the first months of the pandemic. Andreas Eduardo Frank was the composer of the pilot project »Super Safe Society«. Last but not least, the creative achievements from this project led to an attractive online ECLAT festival a year ago.

 

In 2022, we step it up and design a hybrid music theater that goes beyond digital skills to intertwine the two stage spaces (physical and virtual) and the two audiences (near and far). Thus was born the idea for HYPHEMIND, the piece about the intertwining and weaving and networking that hyphae and mycelia so fascinatingly demonstrate to us in all areas of life.

 

»They are there. Everywhere. They explore the soil for us, looping around root threads, picking up messengers and sending us their information.«

 

Together, the composer, the directing team, the interpreters and the three communication designerswho are also already on the »team of the first hour«develop a real-virtual expedition into the whimsical world of fungi.  What can we learn from these specialists of symbioses and networks? How do our human ideas of individuality, intelligence and society work from their perspective? Can we even overcome the crisis of the anthropocene with them and arrive at new forms of coexistence between humans, nature and machines?

 

»Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for being here. Without you, the Hyphemind would remain just one of those utopias. But with you we will succeed in bringing man, nature and machines into a new relationship. Life worth living is still possible. And as you may already sense: we are already forming a strong network!…«

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Schweizer Kulturstiftung pro helvetia