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.
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.
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
Christopher Otto, violin
Austin Wulliman, violin
John Pickford Richards, viola
Jay Campbell, cello
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), Wigmore Hall (United Kingdom), Kölner Philharmonie (Germany), the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), La Biennale di Venezia (Italy), Suntory Hall (Japan) and Teatro Colón (Argentina).
Comprising violinists Christopher Otto and Austin Wulliman, violist John Pickford Richards, and cellist Jay Campbell, JACK is focused on new work, leading them to collaborate with composers John Luther Adams, Chaya Czernowin, Simon Steen-Andersen, Caroline Shaw, Helmut Lachenmann, Steve Reich, Matthias Pintscher, and John Zorn. Upcoming and recent premieres include works by Derek Bermel, Cenk Ergün, Roger Reynolds, Toby Twining, and Georg Friedrich Haas.
JACK operates as a nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance, commissioning, and spread of new string quartet music. Dedicated to education, the quartet spends two weeks each summer teaching at New Music on the Point, a contemporary chamber music festival in Vermont for young performers and composers. JACK has long-standing relationships with the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, where they teach and collaborate with students each fall, and the Boston University Center for New Music, where they visit each semester. Additionally, the quartet makes regular visits to schools including Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Washington.