s t a r g a z e is a network of multi-talented and classically-trained European musicians founded by the highly regarded Berlin-based conductor André de Ridder and his entrepreneurial friend Emanuel Florakis.
In addition to operating as an orchestral collective since 2013, stargaze is also a group of curators initiating and commissioning collaborations and projects in the field of contemporary pop-, electronic and classical music, as well as programming concerts with compositions introducing different facets of today’s music to new audiences.
stargaze has worked with Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, The Magnetic North, Jherek Bischoff, Shara Worden, Owen Pallett, Villagers, The Dodos, Grant Hart, Julia Holter, Nils Frahm, Matthew Herbert, Koreless, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Iceage, Loney Dear, Holy Other, These New Puritans and many more; and has appeared at the Holland Festival, Barbican Centre London, Acht-Brücken-Festival at Cologne Philharmonie, Kilkenny Arts Festival, Into The Great Wide Open, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Crossing Borders Festival, Wonderfeel Festival, Kaltern Pop Festival, Berlin Pop-Kultur, Ruhrtriennale, Sacrum Profanum Krakow, Rewire Festival (NL), Motel Mozaique (NL) and is ensemble in residence at Haldern Pop Festival (Germany).
Future projects will lead to Barbican London for a Nils Frahm curated weekender, the Philharmonie de Paris with Matmos and first concerts in the United States with the US-Band Polica.
s t a r g a z e & In C
In 2013, the collective started an ongoing series of re-interpretations of Terry Riley’s minimal classic piece In C, commissioning several artists from the pop and electronica world to develop and perform their own version of the work, amongst them Matthew Herbert, Nils Frahm, Pantha Du Prince, Bill Frisell, Sam Amidon, Mouse On Mars and Tyondai Braxton. stargaze opened the World Minimal Music Festival 2015 in Amsterdam, performing In C with Terry Riley himself.
s t a r g a z e presents * s t a r g a z e orchestral
In February 2014, stargaze presents was launched at the Volksbühne am Rosa- Luxemburg- Platz Berlin, a three day long-weekender reflecting the collective’s artistic approach and featuring concerts and exclusive collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Pekka Kuusisto, Holy Other, Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory, Cantus Domus Choir and Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop as well as instrumental compositions by Bryce Dessner (The National), Ben Shemie (Suuns) and Owen Pallett. The second festival edition stargaze orchestral in December 2015 concentrated on on-going projects of stargaze mainly focusing on instrumental/orchestral music and featured German premieres of compositions by Jonny Greenwood as well as Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, David Lang, Johann Sebastian Bach, Grateful Dead, Bryce Dessner, Mica Levi, David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) and new collaborations with punk-rockers Iceage from Copenhagen, the Irish folk-band Villagers and US-Duo A Hawk and a Hacksaw.
s t a r g a z e instrumental
Next to collaborations, stargaze started to work on their own instrumental repertoire, including the Deerhof Chamber Variations by Greg Saunier, string quartets by Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner as well as David Lang’s composition Death Speaks. They reworked the Bach- Cantata Nach Dir, Herr, Verlanget Mich for ensemble& choir and played the German Premiere of and with Richard Reed Parry’s Music for Heart and Breath (released on Deutsche Grammophon). stargaze recently performed Mica Levi’s score for the movie Under The Skin and presented their own arrangements of Boards of Canada’s EP Hi Scores.
In January 2015 stargaze has been asked by Bryce and Aaron Dessner to contribute a piece to Day of the Dead, a Grateful Dead tribute album to be released on Red Hot. The collective also recorded and performed These New Puritans’ critically-acclaimed album Field of Reeds; in December 2015 stargaze released their first EP Deerhoof Chamber Variations on the acclaimed London-based label Transgressive Records.
Collecting first experiences in soundtrack-recording, they were honored to record part Bryce Dessner’s compositions for The Revenant, the Golden Globe Winner and Oscar-nominated movie by Alejandro Iñárritu.