Under the title "kurzwelle" (German for "short wave"), this project aims to promote emerging composers who have been finished with their studies for less than a year. The young composers in the program all received a commission for a new work and had the opportunity to rehearse their compositions with hand werk.
Founded in 2011, the Cologne-based chamber music ensemble hand werk defends the values of sustainability and recycling throughout the music world. From the paper mountain of existing works, we salvage the finest materials for refining and reimagining. Using the Pierrot lineup, we not only pursue classically composed works for our own instruments, but also add to our repertoire works for unconventional instruments including everyday items (tables, balloons, etc.), voices, and electronic sound sources. hand werk focuses on undconducted chamber music in order to not only present music to the public that is technically but also musically enthralling. hand werk has been featured at festivals including the Darmstadt Int. Summer Courses, Wittener Tage für Neue Musik, Acht Brücken Köln, the Zagreb Biennale, Klangzeit Münster, at a residency at Harvard University, on tour in Lebanon and as participants in various concert series in numerous European cities.
released January 2, 2017
Stefanie van Backlé - violin
Niklas Seidl - cello and tulum
Daniel Agi - flute
Heather Roche - clarinet
Christoph Stöber - keys and accordion
Rie Watanabe - percussion
Producers: Daniel Mennicken and Manuel Schwiertz
Recording Producer - Max-Lukas Hundelshausen
Artwork and Photos - Manuel Schwierty
Artist Photos: Mario Müller, Roya Noorinezhad, Dirk Schelpmeier