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stargaze presents 2014 - the (short) video

video by: Lyoudmila Milanova

read more about the event: below

read even more and press reviews on the event page: right here

Ideas
stargaze, man!

what have we got?

a bunch of people who have read between the lines for a while and are looking to the stars now.

bunch of people who have been trained and worked in classical and classical contemporary music and are getting more excited each day by what's going on in contemporary pop/folk/electronica and uncategorizable genres in and around those confines.

they have decided not to wait for the institutions to come round and recognize this but are just "go" and starting to use their network and knowledge, tastes and abillities to facilitate performances of existing projects in these realms of extended instrumental line-ups with bands and their artists/composers as well as foster and workshop new collaborations.

We have worked on such projects in places like London, Manchester, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and Sydney but haven't yet found such endevours easy to come by in Germany and Berlin in particular. Yes, you don't believe it, but that's right. We are Berliners, we have gone away and come back and we love the city and want to change that but we don't even have an airport, man, you know what I mean?

So there's going to be a new scene and and open-plan-kitchen, inviting international artists to become involved and we'll give them space and maybe ideas and thrive on their ideas. we have already found many kind and idealistic people who totally get it and will support us (you know who you are out there!) and that's giving us the energy to come forward. thank you.

yes we stargaze. in Berlin, Cologne, London, Amsterdam, Sydney and wherever people love to listen.

It's a journey, take the train!

Events

please find below a comprehensive list of stargaze events - chronologically ordered from future to past.

stargaze projects
develops ideas for music projects, concert programmes and commissions of new work in collaboration with partners like orchestras and festivals. stargaze is a think-tank as well as network and pool of young musicians, classically trained and particularly versed in contemporary music, excited to collaborate with musicians from different backgrounds.

stargaze presents
is a concert format and series where bands collaborate with instrumental ensembles, or solo artists from bands are featured with their own, classical contemporary compositions. we invite important existing projects as well as initiate and develop new ones.

stargaze projects
Julia Holter with stargaze – in special orchestral arrangements
29 November 2014 19:30 ( past )
London
Barbican Centre, Big Hall

LA-based multiinstrumentalist Julia Holter is well known for her dreamy but complex compositions blurring the lines between modern classical and indie-pop.

stargaze and Holter will be working together closely on this premier chamber-orchestral realisation and performance of tracks from her three albums, the 2011 released Tragedy, 2012's Ekstasis and her most recent, Loud City Song.

This is an event initiated by stargaze and specially commissioned by the Barbican Centre London, and constitutes stargaze' swift return visit to one of the world's most enterprising music venues.

More info and tickets: here.

Preview Gig Gallery: The Line of Best fit

stargaze projects
These New Puritans expanded: Field of Reeds
19 September 2014 ( past )
Amsterdam
The Rest is Noise Festival
Muziekgebouw aan't IJ

on june 10th, the young british band these new puritans released their third album field of reeds on the infectious label. Recorded at Nalepa Studios in Berlin, this album featured a line-up of stargaze musicians who already accompanied the only german hidden live show, including orchestral ensemble, children's choir, two pianos and two vibraphones.

stargaze also teamed up singer/composer jack barnett with dutch composer michel van der aa to co-compose and arrange one of the tracks, the light in your name. The musical arrangements on field of reeds lead the band even further away from set definitions of pop-music, merging with chamber music and presenting a unique and unconventional style of songwriting.

For The Rest Is Noise Festival at amsterdam's muziekgebouw aan't IJ, These New Puritans will now perform their expanded-show for the second time, conducted by andré de ridder and performed by stargaze musicians.

stargaze projects
Into the Great Wide Open Festival 2014
6/7 September 2014 ( past )
Vlieland, The Netherlands
Into the Great Wide Open Festival

stargaze plays the Into The Great Wide Open Festival 2014 as the ensemble in residence on the dutch island Vlieland.

We will be presenting works by Bryce Dessner (The National): Tenebre and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire): Music for Heart and Breath. Listen to the ensemble works in the church, while further songs, like the Chamber Variations of Deerhoof (yes, Deerhoof songs arranged for ensemble) will lead us onto the forest stage.

show time table:

Fri 20:00 – 23:45 - In Het Boos - stargaze presents: Aart Strootman – Reichmarathon

Sat 15:30 – 16:30 - Church Stage - stargaze performs: Bryce Dessner’s Tenebre, RR Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath.

Sun 12:00 – 13:00 - Forrest Stage - stargaze performs: covers and pieces from Sufjan Stevens, The Sound, Deerhof and others.

tickets: sold out.

festival info: here.

merchandise: our brand new bags will be available ( logo designed for stargaze by Anne Caesar ).

stargaze presents
Grant Hart performs The Argument
The Dodos & stargaze
21 August 2014 21:00 ( past )
Berlin
Heimathafen Neukölln

Grant Hart – The Argument

In 2013, the legendary singing drummer and songwriter Grant Hart (Hüsker Dü) released the concept album (Domino Records), inspired by John Milton's Paradise Lost and unpublished manuscript by William S. Burroughs Lost Paradise. stargaze initiated the collaboration to realize the epic quality of the album by performing a selection of songs live with a semi-acoustic ensemble.

The Dodos: No Color / Carrier - with stargaze

In autumn 2013 The Dodos released their fifth album Carrier (Polyvinyl), mostly characterized by Meric Long's virtuous fingerpicking on the guitar and Logan Kroeber's driving drums. Although primarily working as a duo, they've repeatedly incorporated instrumental parts in their compositions – strings, trombone, horn and vibraphone – as well as having worked with San Francisco's Magik*Magik Orchestra. The Dodos and stargaze will present new arrangements ( by stargaze ) of songs from Carrier as well as No Color.

This project is kindly supported by Musicboard Berlin.

location: heimathafen

https://www.facebook.com/events/340780202713651

http://www.npr.org/2013/07/21/203347286/h-sker-d-s-timekeeper-finds-a-lost-paradise

http://vimeo.com/72169886

http://www.koka36.de/eventdetails.php?veranstaltung=grant%20hart%2C%20the%20dodos%2C%20stargaze&seite=0&numevents=2&anzeige=8

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stargaze projects
Kilkenny Arts Festival 20114
13/14 August 2014 ( past )
Kilkenny, Ireland

We're delighted to announce that the Kilkenny Arts Festival invited stargaze to devise and perform a concert at St. Canice's Cathedral on August 14th. In collaboration with the festival, stargaze will present the premiere performance of a new, expanded ensemble project with The Dodos (followed by our concert in Berlin).

On the same night stargaze will also give the Irish premiere of Death Speaks (by David Lang) with and written for soloist Shara Worden ( My Brightest Diamond).

To end the evening, we will team up with the wonderful guitarist Bill Frisell and many more guests of Kilkenny Arts Festival to present an 'all-star-gaze-version' of Terry Riley's In C, one of stargaze's signature pieces: another chapter in our ongoing series reinterpreting this icon of minimal music.

In addition, on August 13th stargaze will accompany My Brightest Diamond and present new songs from her forthcoming album This is my Hand (Asthmatic Kitty Records).

tickets ( and more infos ): here.

festival trailer: here ( and embedded below )

stargaze projects
Haldern Pop 2014 residency
(c) Haldern Pop
7-9 August 2014
Haldern, Germany
Haldern Church, Studio and main Stage

After our successful first residence in 2013, stargaze has yet again been invited to be the resident instrumental ensemble throughout this year's edition of the Haldern-Pop festival in Germany.

Together with Grant Hart we will perform his current Album The Argument ( world premiere )

We will perform with the wonderful My Brightest Diamond, singer/songwriter Alexi Murdoch and furthermore perform two instrumental pieces by Bryce Dessner and David Lang ( featuring Shara Worden ).

Prior to the concerts stargaze will undertake workshops ( stargaze labs ) for future collaborations in a studio setting . We are happy about this ongoing relationship and to establish a laboratory for collaborative practices within current pop and contemporary classical music.

Please watch this space for more upcoming details.

tickets: sold out ( way early, as always )

Here is the most current list of all our shows and collaborations at Haldern Pop 2014:

Thu 17.40 church - with Ed Harcourt
Thu 19.00 church - with Grant Hart
Thu 22.55 spiegelzelt - with The Slow Show
Fri 11.45 church - Dessner's Tenebre
Fri 12.00 church - Death Speaks with Shara Worden
Fri 14.30 church - with Alexi Murdoch
Fri 17.30 main stage - with My Brightest Diamond

stargaze projects
Richard Reed Parry
Music for Heart and Breath
© Guillaume Simoneau
19 June 2014 ( past )
Berlin
Yellow Lounge at Berghain Berlin

Richard Reed Parry, the multi-talented musician out of Montreal's rich and striking music-scene, is probably best known for his work as a core member of Arcade Fire and the band's unique sound-design. Parry is the leading force and creative head of Bell Orchestre, being responsible for the remarkably complex instrumental compositions.

Very recently, the composer released Music for Heart and Breath(Deutsche Grammophon), several pieces for ensemble – duet up to octet.

Tempo and development of the individual parts depend literally on the heart beat of the musicians - by listening through stethoscopes to the beat of their very own hearts - they are bound to follow them.

For Deutsche Grammophon's Yellow Lounge, stargaze and Richard Reed Parry will team up and present the German premiere of Music for Heart and Breath

tickets: no pre-sale, doors open at 9pm, come earlier than early!

facebook-event: here

preview-video: here ( and embedded below ).

s t a r g a z e presents 2014
New projects in Pop, Electronic and Classical Music

Fri 14th 20:00

Holy Other

st argaze

Cantus Domus

Nils Frahm

Sat 15th 20:00

1000 Robota

Cantus Domus

stargaze

Pantha du Prince

& The Bell Laboratory

Sun 16th 20:00

Pekka Kuuisto

Kaleidoskop

My Brightest Diamond

stargaze

Zafraan Ensemble

Tyondai Braxton

Mouse on Mars

14 - 16 February 2014 ( past )
Berlin
Volksbühne Berlin

An event describing what stargaze is and likes to do most, stargaze present will take place from February 14-16th 2014 at and in collaboration with Volksbühne at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in our hometown Berlin. We are more than happy with the line-up which features worldpremieres and new collaborations between Berlin-based Ensembles and artists from Germany, United Kingdom and USA. Every evening consists of three concerts, ranging from the classical string-quartet to minimalist approaches, punk with choir to electronics. Our „signature“-piece In C by Terry Riley ends each evening, re-interpreted by selected artists.

Line-Up:

Nils Frahm – 1000 Robota – stargaze – Mouse on Mars – Zafraan Ensemble – Holy Other – Cantus Domus – Tyondai Braxton – Pantha du Prince and The Bell Laboratory – Pekka Kuusisto and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop - My Brightest Diamond

Friday, 14th:
stargaze performs Bryce Dessner's Aheym
Holy Other & Cantus Domus
Nils Frahm & stargaze perform Riley's In C

Saturday, 15th:
stargaze performs Ben Shemie's Positive Feedback
1000 Robota, stargaze & Cantus Domus
Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory perform Riley's In C

Sunday, 16th:
Pekka Kuusisto, Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop & André de Ridder perform Owen Pallett's Violin Concerto
My Brightest Diamond & Zafraan Ensemble        
Tyondai Braxton, Mouse on Mars & stargaze perform Riley's In C

Do follow us on twitter directly or tweet on #stargazepresents.

This project is kindly supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds.

read all and program details on our event page: right here.

stargaze projects
Villagers feat stargaze
(c) Villagers
18 December 2013 ( past )
Dublin
Vicar Street Dublin

After a successful collaboration at Crossing Border Festival and for the third time already, stargaze will accompany Villagers (full-band line-up) for their last show of 2013 in their hometown Dublin. There will be arrangements by Nico Muhly as well as Villagers' own Cormac Curran, both heard in special 'stargaze' ensemble versions.

More Infos: here

Tickets: here

stargaze presents
Villagers feat. stargaze
Crossing Border
14 November 2013 19:45 ( past )
(Enschede, Wilminktheater)
15 November 2013 23:00 ( past )
(Old Playhouse Theatre, Den Haag)
Den Haag, Enschede
Crossing Border Festival

stargaze accompanies Conor O'Brien and Cormac Curran in orchestral arrangements of Villagers songs by Nico Muhly. These were premiered at the Barbican Centre, London, in May 2013, conducted by André de Ridder. After a first collaboration at Haldern Pop Festival 2013, this is the second time these songs are heard in special 'stargaze' ensemble versions.

Tickets and Infos: here

stargaze projects
Matthew Herbert & stargaze perform Terry Riley In C
4 October 2013 ( past )
Lucy Pope
LONDON
BARBICAN

Terry Riley’s In C is one of the first and style- defining works of the so-called Minimal Music. His influence on later US- and European composers, but also on the development of electronic club-music as well as pop music nowadays, is not to be dismissed. The 1964 composed work premiered in San Francisco the same year  - the birthdate of Minimal Music.

Initiated by stargaze and invited by the Barbican Hall London for their fifth edition of Transcender,  Matthew Herbert and the young music-collective stargaze will now perform and redefine In C.

Herbert, especially known for his live-sampling and works with “concrete sounds”, will record and sample the live-performed acoustical patterns of In C, electronically rework and mix them with instrumental sounds again: The different layers, interfering with each other, will have an even more intense effect – a homage to a timeless piece and music's developments since 1964.

tickets: here

photos: here

stargaze projects
stargaze labs @ Haldern Pop 2013
8-10 August 2013 ( past )
(C) Haldern Pop
Haldern, Germany
Haldern Pop Festival

stargaze has been invited to be the resident instrumental ensemble throughout this year's edition of the Haldern-Pop festival in Germany. We will perform with several artists including Villagers, Jherek Bishoff, These New Puritans, Buke & Gase and Ben Shemie (Suuns), and undertake workshops for future collaborations in a studio setting. It is, we hope, a departure towards an ongoing relationship and to establishing a laboratory for collaborative practices within current pop and contemporary classical music within an informal festival setting. bands and solo-artists can meet "classical" instrumentalists freely and any time, and contemporary instrumental music is performed as part of the music programme.

festival tickets: sold out

photos: here.

stargaze projects
These New Puritans feat. stargaze
10 june 2013 (album release)
TNP
Field of Reeds
music stores worldwide

On June 10th, the young british band These New Puritans released their third album Field of Reeds on the Infectious label.

In December 2010 stargaze accompanied the only German Hidden live show, including orchestral ensemble, children's choir, two pianos and two vibraphones, at the HAU theatre in Berlin, based on TNPs second album, Hidden. For their new record, the band opted to travel to Berlin in April 2012 and record the initial instrumental tracks for all their new songs with members of the stargaze collective at the P4 studio on the premises of the former Funkhaus Nalepastrasse. stargaze also teamed up singer/composer Jack Barnett with dutch composer Michel van der Aa to co-compose and arrange one of the tracks, The Light In Your Name. Future live shows with the new material are in planning. stargaze will play with TNPs at this year's Haldern-Pop festival on August 9th.

Best New Album on: Pitchfork

 

stargaze projects
Lee Ranaldo with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
14 June 2013 20:30 ( past )
Lee Ranaldo
by Cara Stricker
Amsterdam
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t Ij, Holland Festival

A stargaze project, in cooperation with Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop, in co-production with the Holland Festival.

The Berlin string ensemble Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop have built themselves a reputation as pioneers on the concert stage. For this performance conducted by André de Ridder, they are joined by special guest guitarist Lee Ranaldo.  Co-founder of noise rock band Sonic Youth as well as an early member of Glenn Branca's performing groups, he has pioneered new electric guitar playing techniques. Here he performs a new score of his, developed and arranged jointly with stargaze.

New song material will be woven into a structure of a more abstract piece reflecting on the approach of baroque soloist ensemble typical for Kaleidoskop and also evident in Charles Avison’s  (1685-1757) Concerto grosso No. 3 , which is programmed alongside the uncompromising Light a capella by the Berlin composer Sebastian Claren and the thrilling and alarming Fuel by New York composer Julia Wolfe and video artist Bill Morrison.

Programme

Sebastian Claren (1965) - Licht a capella (2011)
Dutch premiere

Julia Wolfe (1958) - Fuel

video Bill Morrison

Charles Avison ( 1709 - 1770 ) - Concerto grosso nr. 3, d-moll (1744)after Domenico Scarlatti(1685-1757)

Lee Ranaldo (1956) - New work - World Premiere

Commissioned by stargaze, Holland Festival and Sydney Festival

Lee Ranaldo, guitars
Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop
André de Ridder, conductor

tickets: here

photos: here

stargaze presents
Sarah Neufeld
22 May 2013 20:30 ( past )
Cologne
King Georg

Originally from Vancouver Island, BC, Sarah Neufeld began playing the violin at the age of 3.

Her musical pursuits led her to move to Montreal, QC, in 1998, where she resides to this day. She is best known as a member of the indie rock phenomenon Arcade Fire, as well as instrumental post-rock ensemble, Bell Orchestre. With these bands, she has received five Juno awards, two Brit awards, Canada's Polaris Prize, and a Grammy for Best Album (cumulatively). Other projects include collaborations with Montreal bands The Luyas, Snailhouse, and Esmerine. In 2011, Neufeld was commissioned to write a piece for solo violin by director Jason Last for a short film (Scalpel/Stradivarius) for Vogue Italia. A full length album of solo material produced by Nils Frahm is due to be released in 2013.

In addition to this busy schedule of touring and recording, Sarah has dedicated her life to a personal practice of yoga, and became a certified instructor of Moksha Yoga in 2009. She is now co-owner of Moksha Yoga NYC, the first Moksha studio opened in NY.

tickets: here

stargaze presents
Magnetic North + Sarah Neufeld
Magnetic North
by Emily Dennison
19 May 2013 20:30 ( past )
Berlin
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg Platz

The Magnetic North are Hannah Peel, Erland Cooper and Simon Tong, three musicians known from bands like The Good, The Bad and The Queen as well as Erland and the Carnival. Their debut album Orkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North is dedicated to the Orcadian Betty Corrigall, who hanged herself, pregnant and heartbroken, in the 1770s. After the girl appeared in Cooper’s dream one night, he decided to record an album inspired by several locations of the Orkney Islands. The album, featuring a little string and brass section as well as the Orcadian Stromabank Pub Choir, invites the listener to a somehow faraway, enchanted-appearing Orkney where fact and fiction easily mixes.

The band will perform their Orkney-Symphony live on stage, accompanied by their own drummer, cellist and violin-player as well as stargaze-musicians and a choir.

Sarah Neufeld will both be opening and accompanying Magnetic North.

tickets: here

stargaze projects
Matthew Herbert & stargaze perform Terry Riley In C
6 May 2013 20:00 ( past )
Cologne
Kölner Philharmonie, Achtbrücken Festival

Terry Riley’s In C is one of the first and style-defining works of the so-called Minimal Music. His influence on later US- and European composers, but also on the development of electronic club-music as well as pop music nowadays, is not to be dismissed. The 1964 composed work premiered in San Francisco the same year  - the birthdate of Minimal Music.

Initiated by stargaze and invited by the Acht-Brücken Festival Cologne, Matthew Herbert and the young music-collective stargaze will now perform and redefine In C.

Herbert, especially known for his live-sampling and works with “concrete sounds”, will record and sample the live-performed acoustical patterns of In C, electronically rework and mix them with instrumental sounds again: The different layers, interfering with each other, will have an even more intense effect – a homage to a timeless piece and music's developments since 1964.

Programme

Matthew Herbert Quartett
The End of Silence (2012)
German Premiere

Terry Riley
In C (1964)
First Performance of version for electronics and live instruments

Matthew Herbert Quartett

stargaze are
André de Ridder – violin & artistic leader
Johannes Pennetzdorfer – viola
Michael Rauter – cello
Marlies van Gangelen – oboe
Miguel Pérez Iñesta - clarinet, bass clarinet
Morris Kliphuis - horn
Sarah Nicolls – piano
Johannes Fischer – percussion

Matthew Herbert – electronics

In collaboration with c/o pop und stargaze

tickets: here

photos
Lee Ranaldo's Hurricane with kaleidoskop at the Holland Festival

Here are finally some pictures of our Lee Ranaldo world premiere show - in chronological order.

ps: Just in case you are roaming you might want to know that this is a single page loading 16 MB of photos.

stargaze in C at the Barbican

Here are finally some pictures of our Barbican in C event from the rehearsals and show - in chronological order.

ps: Just in case you are roaming you might want to know that this is a single page loading 9 MB of photos.

Haldern Pop 2013

We posted some photos of our Haldern Pop 2013 workshops, rehearsals and shows here - in chronological order.

(and while we were at it, we added just some pictures of the other many shows we so enjoyed hearing and seeing live at Haldern Pop.)

ps: Just in case you are roaming you might want to know that this is a single page loading 9 MB of photos.

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