ensemble aisthesis

A sensory understanding of new sound worlds. The ensemble aisthesis focuses on contemporary music from the 20th/21st centuries. Its Greek-inspired name reflects the bid for all-encompassing perception. Under the artistic direction of founder Nußbaum, the instrumentalists (up to 20 in number) have steadily built up an extensive repertoire ranging from modern classics like Schoenberg, Webern, Boulez, Stockhausen, and Lachenmann to forward-looking Romantic works by Wagner or Mahler. Commissions invariably take shape in close conjunction with the composers. In its annual Christmas concerts, the aisthesis consort dedicates its efforts to authentic, historically informed performances of ancient music. Close collaboration with the SCHOLA HEIDELBERG has resulted in concert formats 3 like Prinzhorn or Heimathen and the CD Nuits – weiß wie Lilien (“Nights – White as Lilies”). The ensemble aisthesis performs regularly in Heidelberg and has been invited to festivals like musica viva Munich, the Zurich Festival, the Romanische Nacht in Cologne, the Tongyeong International Music Festival in South Korea, the Kasseler Musiktage or the Basel Music Forum. One much-noted recording by the ensemble is LEIBOWITZ- COMPOSITEUR, issued to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. It contains a representative cross-section of René Leibowitz’ works, impressively documenting his impact on the musical world.KlangForum Heidelberg is where two very distinctive formations pool their interpretive élan and their astounding virtuosity: the voices of the SCHOLA HEIDELBERG and the instrumentalists of the ensemble aisthesis.


Virtuosity coupled with versatility. Both individually and collectively, the vocal soloists of the SCHOLA HEIDELBERG are equally at home with widely differing styles and vocal techniques, all the way up to microtonal intonation and vocal and respiratory noise. Under the artistic directorship of their founder Walter Nußbaum, works from the 16th/17th and the 20th/21st centuries meet head-on, often with astounding results. A new interpretive culture materializes from an intensive concern with historically informed performance and contemporary music. The ensemble’s extensive repertoire is the fruit of close collaboration with leading present-day composers. Much noted are the commissions for new works deriving from projects 2 like Heimathen and Prinzhorn. SCHOLA HEIDELBERG performs in its home city, all over Germany and at international festivals like the Salzburg Festival, Milano Musica, the Lucerne Festival, the Biennale in Venedig, the Biennale Salzburg and the Festival d’automne in Paris. The Schola has successful cooperative partnerships with the Ensemble Modern, the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, the SWR Symphony Orchestra, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, and the Gürzenich Orchestra. SCHOLA HEIDELBERG‘s CD recordings of vocal compositions from the 20th/21st centuries have received several international awards. KlangForum Heidelberg is where two very distinctive formations pool their interpretive élan and their astounding virtuosity: the voices of the SCHOLA HEIDELBERG and the instrumentalists of the ensemble aisthesis.

Salome Kammer © Andreas Ludwig

Salome Kammer

To call Salome Kammer a great singer would be an understatement. In fact, she is a phenomenal
vocal acrobat who knows no limits between speaking and singing, humour and solemnity.
(Süddeutsche Zeitung)
Salome Kammer’s talent transcends musical boundaries. Her repertoire defies categorisation and is
comprised of a mix of avant-garde music, virtuoso voice experiments, classical melodrama, lieder
recitals, dada poetry and Broadway songs. Whether performing as a singing actress or as an acting
singer, Kammer’s stage presence in musical cabaret and theatre roles is fascinating. Numerous
contemporary music works have been dedicated to and premiered by her, both nationally and
internationally. Composers such as Helmut Oehring, Wolfgang Rihm, Georges Aperghis, Bernhard
Lang, Luca Lombardi and Jörg Widmann have dedicated works to her, inspired by the manifold facets
of her voice and her exceptional expressiveness.
Salome Kammer studied music from 1977 to 1984, majoring in cello and studying with Maria Kliegel
and Janos Starker in Essen. In 1983, she was engaged at the Heidelberg Theatre appearing in
countless plays, musicals, and operettas. In 1988, she moved to Munich to begin filming Die zweite
Heimat with director Edgar Reitz. While working on this monumental film project, she began her formal
vocal training, taking lessons from teachers such as Yaron Windmüller. She has been performing as a
vocal soloist in contemporary music concerts since 1990. Heimat 3, the next part of the Heimat series
which was premiered in Venice in 2004 and broadcast throughout Europe, also allowed her to exhibit
the breadth of her abilities in the role of Clarissa.
Her wide-ranging repertoire includes classics of modern music such as Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire
and String Quartet No. 2, Seven Deadly Sins by Weill, La fabricca illuminata by Nono, works by
composers such as Cage, Berio, Zender, Rihm and Kurtág, Weill and Eisler Lieder, and the role of
Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Because of her expertise in interpreting Kurt Weill’s music, Salome
Kammer has been invited to appear at the Rheingau Music Festival and at the Kurt Weill Fest Dessau.
She is also a regular guest at the Beethovenfest Bonn, most recently in 2012 in Schönberg’s
Gurre-Lieder. For the first time in Japan, she gave several recitals and a master class at the invitation
of the Goethe Institute in June 2013.
Salome Kammer has wowed audiences in numerous productions of new operas including Helmut
Lachenmann’s Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern at the Stuttgart Opera and the Opéra National
de Paris, Jörg Widmann’s Das Gesicht im Spiegel at the Bavarian State Opera, and Isabel Mundry’s
Die Odyssee – Ein Atemzug at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She sang in Peter Eötvös’s Lady Sarashina
at the Opéra national de Lyon, the Opéra Comique Paris and at the Polish National Opera in Warsaw
to great critical acclaim, as well as in Ligeti’s Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures in Munich. She
performed Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments with violinist Carolin Widmann in Paris, Strasbourg, Berlin, Oslo,
Salzburg and Milano and sang Brice Pauset’s solo work Exercices du Silence at the Berlin State
Opera in 2011. In January 2014, she made her successful debut as Elsa in Sciarrino’s chamber opera
Numerous radio and CD productions document Salome Kammer’s exceptional talent, among them a
recording of Schoenberg’s Jakobsleiter (Harmonia Mundi) as well as Lachenmann’s Mädchen mit den
Schwefelhölzern (Kairos). Her CDs I hate music, but I like to sing (Capriccio) with works by
Schoenberg, Weill, Bernstein and Britten amongst others, and salomix-max (wergo) received rave
reviews, as well as her recent album I’m a Stranger Here Myself, featuring music by the exiled
composers Kurt Weill and Hanns Eisler.
In the 2014/15 season, Salome Kammer will appear alongside Daan Vandewalle at the Ghent Festival
of Flanders in De Handelsbeurs interpreting lieder by composers such as Eisler, Berg, Scriabin and
Schwitters, The duo also has been invited to the Concertgebouw Brugge. She will give the world premieres
of works by Richard Rijnvos and Seung-Ah Oh at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ as part of the Cello Biennale
Amsterdam, and will once again perform with the Ensemble Contrechamps with Zender’s Cabaret Voltaire
and Schönberg’s Brettl-Lieder.
Salome Kammer teaches Theory and Performance of Contemporary Music at the Munich

JACK Quartet

Christopher Otto, violin
Austin Wulliman, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Jay Campbell, cello

Hailed by The New York Times as the “nation’s most important quartet”, the JACK Quartet is one of the most acclaimed, renowned, and respected groups performing today. JACK has maintained an unwavering commitment to their mission of performing and commissioning new works, giving voice to underheard composers, and cultivating an ever-greater sense of openness toward contemporary classical music. Over the past season, they have been selected as Musical America’s 2018 “Ensemble of the Year”, named to WQXR’s “19 for 19 Artists to Watch”, and awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant.

Through intimate relationships with today’s most creative voices, JACK embraces close collaboration with the composers they perform, leading to a radical embodiment of the technical, musical, and emotional aspects of their work. The quartet has worked with artists such as Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, and Simon Steen-Andersen, with upcoming and recent premieres including works by Tyshawn Sorey, Georg Friedrich Haas, Clara Iannotta, John Luther Adams, Catherine Lamb, and John Zorn. JACK also recently announced their new Fulcrum Project, an all-access initiative to commission six artists each year, who will receive money, workshop time, mentorship, and resources to develop new work to be performed and recorded by the quartet.

The recipient of Lincoln Center’s Martin E. Segal Award, New Music USA’s Trailblazer Award, and the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, JACK has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall (USA), Lincoln Center (USA), Miller Theatre (USA), Wig-more Hall (United Kingdom), Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Netherlands), IRCAM (France), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan), Bali Arts Festival (Indonesia), Festival Internacional Cervatino (Mexico), and Teatro Colón (Argentina).

According to Musical America, “many of their recordings are must-haves, for anyone interested in new music.” Among their dozens of releases, the most recent Cold Blue Music album of John Luther Adams’ Everything That Rises was praised as a “a wise and eloquent performance” by the San Francisco Chronicle, their concept album Imaginist with the Le Boeuf Brothers was nominated for a GRAMMY award in 2018, and their complete Xenakis: String Quartets was named one of TimeOut New York’s “Top Recordings of the Year.” Other albums include music by Helmut Lachenmann, Amy Williams, Elliott Sharp, Hannah Lash, Horatiu Radulescu, and more.

Committed to education, JACK is the Quartet in Residence at the Mannes School of Music, who will host JACK’s new Frontiers Festival, a multi-faceted festival of contemporary music for string quartet. They also teach each summer at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers, and at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. JACK has long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall and spring, as well as with the Lucerne Festival Academy, of which the four members are all alumni. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools, including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, and Stanford University.