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Gaudeamus Muziekweek Utrecht

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Saturday at 9:30pm at Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht (NL)

For the 2017 edition of Gaudeamus Muziekweek – a festival for new compositions in Utrecht –  s t a r g a z e  has been invited to perform two compositions of this year’s Gaudeamus Composer Award Nominees: Ivan Vukosavljević and stargaze’s own Aart Strootman. stargaze will perform in an all-strings line-up, similar to our Under The Skin performance for Rewire 2016! Ivan will perform with us for his piece Afterthoughts and for Aart’s Nyctophilia his trio Temko as well as our good friends from recorder-trio Axolot will join!

Find us as part of Gaudeamus’ Saturday Night Live and make sure to check out On/Off of Alistair Sung, stargaze’s cellist!

 

 

 

 

 

Owen Pallett and stargaze at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

Owen Pallett by Peter Juhl
Owen Pallett by Peter Juhl

September 23rd, 2017 – Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

It’s been two years since we’ve premiered new compositions by and with Owen Pallett at pop-kultur Berlin and Ruhrtriennale – and we’ve missed it! Join us at the newly opened Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg joining forces with Reeperbahnfestival on September 23rd, more info soon!

Tickets can be found here.

Eaux Claires Festival 2017

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And we are back! After playing our US Debut in November 2016, we are back in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, to perform for Eaux Claires Festival – again uniquely curated by Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon. We can’t wait to finally be back and meet all the friendly faces again – plus we will reunite with Polica for Music for the Long Emergency. And there’ll be more – you know we love to collaborate and we’ll bring some arrangements with us…

More info here.

Class of ’67

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PHILHARMONIE DE PARIS, SUNDAY OCTOBER 22nd, 17:00

s t a r g a z e  is incredibly honoured to be back at Philharmonie de Paris in October 2017. After playing our debut on a double-bill with Matmos as well as Chassol, we now created our solo-set to honour the Class of ’67: The Beatles with their ground-breaking concept album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Beach BoysPet Sounds and The Smile Sessions as well as two composers that seem to be far away but yet are closely connected to the sound-explorations of our favourite boybands: We gonna premiere Stockhausen‘s Stop & Start in Paris and we’ll present Berio‘s Folk Songs, Michelle and O King featuring the beautiful voice of Katherine Manley.

More infos and tickets here!

spitting chamber music

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spitting chamber music – a project circling around the power of spoken words and how hip-hop/ rap – artists are approaching political, philosophical or social topics. Inspired by one of the most well-known and legendary collectives – Wu-Tang Clan and their album Chamber Music, we developed new material based on snippets, ideas and songs of our featured artists, creating a new sound and exploring the possibilities and borders of our acoustic, mostly classical instruments joining forces with samples and beats.

Think “hip-hop unplugged” meets chamber music. 

Our featured artists were Käptn Peng from Berlin and powerful wonder-woman Malikah, the queen of Arabic hip-hop, Inna Modja from Mali, who impressed us a lot with her newest album Hotel Bamako and lastly, we’ve also just added Naeem to our list, who performs as Spank Rock and who we got to know at Michelberger Music in 2016. He just released a single with our friends from Polica, check it out here

The project was funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and developed in a collaboration with Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen and Cologne’s Acht-Brücken- Festival, and next to perform in Cologne and Hannover, we were also part of X-Jazz Berlin.

NDR Kultur was so kind to videotape the complete concert in Hannover and here are some video-snippets we love a lot!

YouTube:
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music:  Käptn Peng –  His Name Shall Be Peng // Happy Tune : https://youtu.be/4QcN-zGX7yw
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Malikah – Bel Zaleh // Kalimah
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Malikah – Holla
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Spank Rock – Messiaen
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Spank Rock – Black Midi Suite, Part 5
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music:  Inna Modja – Kuma
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music:  Inna Modja – Water
s t a r g a z e  – spitting chamber music: Inna Modja – I Rise

 

 

Sónar Festival – Sampler Sèries

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June 18th 2017 – L’Auditori Barcelona.

As part of the collaboration between Barcelona’s Auditori and Sónar Festival, stargaze will perform the Spanish premiere of Death Speaks by David Lang and we are very honoured to be joined by Nico Muhly on the piano, part of the original line-up (next to Bryce Dessner, Owen Pallett and Shara Worden). Death Speaks revolves around and lends a voice to death in five long compositions that dilute the boundary between pop and contemporary music and is based on Lieder by Franz Schubert. Lang’s work does not escape the darkness of death, yet somehow manages to endow it with a strange intimacy and extraordinary beauty.

Next to Death Speaks, we will perform a couple of more compositions, so details will follow!

Get more information and your tickets here or here and check out Nora Fischer’s performance of Death Speaks on youtube.