Ensemble Mini is a courageous collective of supersonic soloists from German symphony orchestras that repackages super symphonic music for new audiences.
Often commissioning world premiere arrangements for innovative late-night projects, its mission is to revolutionise the style, sound and setting of classical concerts. This began in 2010 with “mini-Mahler” at Berlin’s Philharmonie Kammermusiksaal, followed by “Strauss 150: New Perspectives” at STATTBAD Berlin, “From Russia with Soul” at Griessmühle Berlin and “Bartók Beyond Borders” at Musikbrauerei Berlin.
Joolz Gale founded Ensemble Mini (comprised of soloists from the German orchestras) to build upon his vision to reach new audiences though new concert formats and alternative locations. Projects often include newly commissioned arrangements for ensemble by Joolz Gale himself (incl. Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Bartók’s Dance Suite, Debussy’s La Mer, Bruckner’s 9th, Prokofiev’s 5th and Shostakovich’s 9th & 10th Symphonies), for which he is represented and published by Schott, Sikorski and Boosey & Hawkes.
Plans for 2021/22 include a return of “Bartók Beyond Borders” on tour, Stravinsky at Musikfest Berlin, Bruckner at the Rheingau Music Festival, Zemlinsky with RIAS Kammerchor, Mahler’s 3rd Symphony at Kasseler Musiktage and the launch of its new club concert series, “Late-Night-Sinfonie”, in Hamburg and Berlin.
“An ideal case of closeness.”
Tagesspiegel Berlin, 4 August 2021
„The new great things are small… mini is irresistible..“
The STEGREIF.orchestra is an international group of 30 young, versatile musicians of various musical origins. What makes the ensemble unique is the way they create new paths for both themselves and the audience to approach classical music. Expanded by folklore, jazz, klezmer, blues and rock, Stegreif creates innovative, musically and visually powerful reinterpretations of well-known repertoire. STEGREIF explores new worlds of sound and is constantly trying to bend the boundaries between musical genres.
The ensemble always performs without sheet music, without a conductor and without chairs. The resulting freedom creates space for improvisation and movement. The concert hall, the auditorium, the ranks, everything becomes a stage, giving the audience a unique concert experience. The ensemble is under the direction of Juri de Marco and since its debut concert in RADIALSYSTEM V Berlin in October 2015 has performed with a variety of productions on various stages in Germany (including Konzerthaus Berlin, Elbphilharmonie, Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival i.a.). The musicians belong to a generation of artists that combines classical music, improvisation and jazz at the highest artistic level. Their inspiration lies in developing a new performance practice that does not limit itself to reproduction and in seeking new concert formats.
„Selten ist die Leidenschaft für Musik, die Virtuosität der einzelnen Stücke so nah erlebbar“
Dates available upon request #bfree – Connecting European cultures through Beethoven‘s 9th Symphony
The borders are open – whether it’s between countries or genres, between languages or instruments, between uniqueness or similarities. Inspired by Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, the “Europa-Sinfonie”, the improvising STEGREIF.orchestra combines folk songs from Europe with elements from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and in a symphony lets Europe grow together into a colourful country that tells from the heart of its people. With this new, theatrical concert project #bfree the STEGREIF.orchester has once again taken up the cause of making new approaches to classical music possible for the audience. Classical music interwoven with various “Folkmusic” from diferent countries, played, together with special guests from diferent countries, by a young orchestra without notes, without conductor and without chairs. This creates freedom and space for improvisation and movement. The concert hall, the auditorium, the stands – everything becomes the stage. The freedom and boundlessness of this concert evening also stands for the values of Europe and its wealth.
Recomposition/Arrangement: Uri Caine, Juri de Marco, Alistair Duncan, Bertram Burkert Direction, Choreography: Viola Schmitzer, David Fernandez 26 instrumentalists, 5-6 staff // duration: 90min (60min also possible)