9 04 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009 @ 8 PM @ IFP: Experimental network concert



John  Cage / Georg Hajdu: Radio Music

Ádám Siska: 185

Kai Niggemann and Maria Popara: Keep Calm and Carry On

EBE: Quintessence

Sascha Lemke: Netze spinnen # Spinnennetze

Performing artists:


GEORG HAJDU (conductor) (DE)







The European Bridges Ensemble (EBE) was established for Internet and network music performance. Its current members are the five performers Kai Niggemann (Münster, Germany), Ádám Siska (Budapest, Hungary), Johannes Kretz (Vienna, Austria), Andrea Szigetvári (Dunakeszi, Hungary), Ivana Ognjanović (Belgrade, Serbia), the conductor and software designer Georg Hajdu (Hamburg, Germany), and video artist Stewart Collinson (Lincoln, England).

Using the term bridges as a metaphor, the Ensemble attempts to bridge cultures, regions, locations and individuals, each with their specific history. Particularly, Europe with its historical and ethnic diversity has repeatedly gone through massive changes separating and reuniting people often living in close vicinity. The aim is to further explore the potential of taking participating musicians and artists out of their political and social isolation by creating virtual communities of like-minded artists united by their creativity and mutual interests.

The first Bridges concert on 17th June, 2005 (simultaneously in Münster, Stuttgart and Vienna) brought together musicians from the former West (Austria and Germany) and East (Hungary and Serbia) – all connected by the river Danube — and thus demonstrated the potential of Internetperformance as a means to overcome national borders and political single-mindedness. Since then EBE was present at major festivals and conferences such as the t-u-b-e (Munich, 2006), Connecting Media conference (Hamburg, 2006), Music in the Global Village conferences (Budapest, 2007), International Ligeti Competition (Berlin, 2007), Making New Waves (Budapest, 2006/2008), International Computer Music Conference (Belfast, 2008), Klangwerktage (Hamburg 2008).


Stewart Collison is a practising Artist Filmmaker. His work with moving image is profoundly informed by the body of work created by artists since the beginning of cinema. As the moving image became appropriated  by storytellers and conveyers of ideology and information in  the early part of the 20th Century, visual artists have used  the medium for other purposes. Having dispensed with narrative as a means of structuring time, many turned to music as the model to organise the duration of this new visual time-based medium.  Explored in this way, the moving image becomes an abstract medium, freed from representation, consisting instead of the fundamentals of light and darkness, colour, movement and rhythm. Current and emergent digital technologies offer the artist the possibility of blurring the boundaries between existing artforms even further. As an artist he believes in the principle of mixing traditional and innovatory technologies and working methods to achieve what can be called eyemusic. His work covers a range of activities: as an artist making moving image work for single-screen viewing and gallery installation; as a facilitator of arts education project work with regional, national and international arts organisations in collaboration with composers, musicians and dancers. The outcomes of these projects can also be work for single screen, multi-screen installation or live mixing and projection of video and digital imagery for performance. He is a core artist with Salamanda Tandem. In addition he’s a senior lecturer in Moving image at the Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at Lincoln University.

Georg Hajdu, born in Göttingen, Germany in 1960, is among the first composers of his generation dedicated to the combination of music, science and computer technology. After studies in Cologne and at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT), he received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. In 1996, following residencies at IRCAM and the ZKM, Karlsruhe, he co-founded the ensemble WireWorks with his wife Jennifer Hymer a group specializing in the performance of electro-acoustic music. In 1999, he produced his full-length opera Der Sprung. In May 2002, his Internet performance environment Quintet.net was employed in a Munich Biennale opera performance. In addition to his compositions, which are characterized by a pluralistic attitude and have earned him several international prizes, the IBM-prize of the Ensemble Modern among them, Georg Hajdu published articles on several topics on the borderline of music and science. His areas of interest include multimedia, microtonality, algorithmic, interactive and networked composition. Currently, Georg Hajdu is professor of multimedia composition at the Hamburg School of Music and Theater.

Johannes Kretz (http://www.johanneskretz.com) born 1968 in Wien. Studies of composition at the music academy Vienna (with F. Burt and M. Jarrell), also pedagogy and mathematics at the University of Vienna. 1992-93 studies (computer music) at IRCAM, Paris with Marco Stroppa and Brian Ferneyhough. 1994-2003 assistent/professor for computer music at the international Bartok-Seminar in Szombathely (Hungary). 1996-2001 Teacher for music theory and composition at the conservatory of Vienna. Since 1997: Teacher for computer music at the music university Vienna, since 2001 also for music theory, since 2004 also for composition, habilitation 2009. Co-founder of the NewTonEnsmble Vienna, of ikultur.com <http://ikultur.com&gt;  and the international composers group PRISMA. Head of ZiMT (“center of innovative music technology” of the music university Vienna. Many scholarships and prizes: Austrian federal grant 1997, Stiftung Delz, Switzerland 2001 and Theodor Körner Prize 2004, Prize of the Austrian gouvernment 2004. Commissions: Konzerthaus Wien, Klangforum Wien, ensemble_online, Vienna Flautists, quartett22, Internationalen Lemgoer Orgeltage, Haller Bachtage, Triton Trombone Quartett, Wiener Kammerchor. Performances in Austria, Germany, France, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey, Canada, Mexico, Argentinia and South Korea.

Born in 1971 in Ruma, Yugoslavia, Ivana Ognjanović studied composition at the Academy of Art in Novi Sad and the University of Arts in Belgrade before moving to Hamburg’s Hochschule für Musik und Theater, where she obtained a master’s degree in multimedia composition. Her works have been performed and recorded as well as received praise and critical acclaim in many parts of the world.

Konstantina Orlandatou, born in 1980 in Athens, Greece, studied accordion, piano, music theory and composition in the Conservatorium “Nikos Skalkotas” in Athens. This year she completed her master’s degree in multimedia composition at the Academy of Music and Theater in Hamburg. She has composed numerous works for ensembles and string quartets. During her studies in Hamburg she composed pieces for electronic music as well as music for documentary films. In addition, she created interactive and sound installations.

Adam Siska was born in Budapest in 1983. Since 2005, he has been studying composition in the class of Zoltán Jeney at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. As an attendee of several Hungarian and international seminars (such as Ostrava Days 2007, the International Béla Bartók Seminar in 2005 & 2006, the Making New Waves Festival 2005 – 2007) he has worked with composers such as Christian Wolff, Alvin Lucier, Péter Eötvös, Johannes Schöllhorn, Jasch (Jan Schacher) and Andrea Szigetvári, among many others. His piece Praeludium et Fuga was granted a second prize in the competition of the Hungarian Clavicembalo Foundation in 2005, and his work Concerto won the audience’s award at the Third Contemporary Music Festival of Young Composers in 2006. In 2007, he became permanent member of the European Bridges Ensemble and participated in several performances in numerous European countries.

Andrea Szigetvári studied sound recording and electroacoustic music at Fr. Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. After finishing her studies she worked as a music editor, sound engineer, musical producer for Hungaroton Recording Company and Hungarian Radio. She has worked at the Institute of Musicology as a member of the first computer music research project in Hungary. In 1989 she was a Fulbright researcher in the USA. First she worked at Brooklyn College with Charles Dodge, later at Stanford University with John Chowning. After returning from the USA in 1990 she funded the Hungarian Computer Music Foundation to help to develop contemporary music life in Hungary. From the beginning of ’90-ies she has been the main organizer of the composition and computer music course of the International Bartók Festival, the Short Circuits contemporary music days and from 1998 the Making New Waves contemporary music festival. Between 1993 and 1995 she developed the musical informatic course’s curriculum at Pécs University and the electronic music curriculum for the Liszt F. Academy of Music in Budapest. 1995 she started to teach musical informatics in the Pécs University and in 1996 she started to teach electronic music at the Liszt F. Academy of Music in Budapest. In 2001 she received two “Prix” of the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition in multimedia and sound art categories. Her creative and research work concentrate mainly on the role of the timbre in new music.


Among the international supporters the concert is co-funded by Culture 2007 Programme of the European Union within the CO-ME-DI-A project and by the International Visegrad Fund.

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