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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.
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.