BEYOND STAGE: Road to Ströme
Pictures by Peter Runkewitz

More about „Beyond Stage“ here.

Credits

”Ströme” is a musical composition commissioned by the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig for artist Martin Kohlstedt and the Gewandhaus Chor, kindly supported by VNG AG. This composition was created for the project „Two Play To Play“, which is a venture designed by Karen Laube and Matthias Krähenbiel and produced and organized by the Gewandhaus.

www.gewandhausorchester.de

The Gewandhaus Chor was recorded on june 09 and june 10, 2018 in the Gewandhaus Leipzig.

«Ströme»

Winding their way between the performers are the melodies that radiate from Martin Kohlstedt’s piano. As if bouncing off a glittering vault, they are reflected and fragmented ad infinitum. Bar by bar the structure becomes further illuminated, and the complex process of interaction becomes comprehensible while remaining beyond our grasp. The architecture of this space seems to reach to infinity. Synthetic sounds and elements of noise exert a pressure that transforms pillars of rhythm into lucid melodies. Broad syllables melt into clangorous vowels. Everything is subject to transformation. Everything is dependent upon something else. And no-one says a word.

STRÖME (Currents) is the latest refinement of a Kohlstedt snapshot. It is the result of lively collaboration between the composer and pianist, with his feisty intuition, and a performing collective, Leipzig‘s GewandhausChor. On this album, Martin Kohlstedt’s modular compositions – not ‘works’ as such, but rather compendiums of interconnecting musical ideas – once again break new terrain. Kohlstedt resonates with the choir, and above all with its director Gregor Meyer, sparking emotional impulses between the singers and indirectly stimulating movement in their bodies. As participants in this experiment, the members of the GewandhausChor adopted innovative musical methods, not working from traditional notation. Each singer was free to take individual creative initiatives. A wealth of patience was required on both sides and a fundamental tension courses through all the recordings, which draw to electrifying effect on modules from previous albums. Martin Kohlstedt is known for music that exercises a magnetic power and here it draws performers and listeners into a field of social warmth, of intimate negotiation, of breaking away and coming together.

Martin Kohlstedt live including 5 special performances with the GewandhausChor

Stay up to date as soon as there is new music and live dates.

«Ströme»

Winding their way between the performers are the melodies that radiate from Martin Kohlstedt’s piano. As if bouncing off a glittering vault, they are reflected and fragmented ad infinitum. Bar by bar the structure becomes further illuminated, and the complex process of interaction becomes comprehensible while remaining beyond our grasp. The architecture of this space seems to reach to infinity. Synthetic sounds and elements of noise exert a pressure that transforms pillars of rhythm into lucid melodies. Broad syllables melt into clangorous vowels. Everything is subject to transformation. Everything is dependent upon something else. And no-one says a word.

STRÖME (Currents) is the latest refinement of a Kohlstedt snapshot. It is the result of lively collaboration between the composer and pianist, with his feisty intuition, and a performing collective, Leipzig‘s GewandhausChor. On this album, Martin Kohlstedt’s modular compositions – not ‘works’ as such, but rather compendiums of interconnecting musical ideas – once again break new terrain. Kohlstedt resonates with the choir, and above all with its director Gregor Meyer, sparking emotional impulses between the singers and indirectly stimulating movement in their bodies. As participants in this experiment, the members of the GewandhausChor adopted innovative musical methods, not working from traditional notation. Each singer was free to take individual creative initiatives. A wealth of patience was required on both sides and a fundamental tension courses through all the recordings, which draw to electrifying effect on modules from previous albums. Martin Kohlstedt is known for music that exercises a magnetic power and here it draws performers and listeners into a field of social warmth, of intimate negotiation, of breaking away and coming together.

Martin Kohlstedt live including 5 special performances with the GewandhausChor

BEYOND STAGE: Road to Ströme
Pictures by Peter Runkewitz

More about „Beyond Stage“ here.

Credits

”Ströme” is a musical composition commissioned by the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig for artist Martin Kohlstedt and the Gewandhaus Chor, kindly supported by VNG AG. This composition was created for the project „Two Play To Play“, which is a venture designed by Karen Laube and Matthias Krähenbiel and produced and organized by the Gewandhaus.

www.gewandhausorchester.de

The Gewandhaus Chor was recorded on june 09 and june 10, 2018 in the Gewandhaus Leipzig.

Stay up to date as soon as there is new music and concerts.