Since 2007 the Giga-Hertz Award for electronic music has been jointly awarded by the ZKM | Institute for Music and Acoustics and the Freiburg EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO of the SWR. The Giga-Hertz Award is dedicated to world-famous physicist Heinrich Hertz (1857–1894) who discovered electromagnetic waves at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) where he taught at the end of the nineteenth century.
On April 21st, TAK ensemble premiered "Lonelyhearts", developed in collaboration with actor and playwrite Kelsey Torstveit. "Lonelyhearts" follows a single character as they navigate a desolate apartment and the mysteries that hide within it. With nods to Lynch and Hitchcock, commonplace sounds take on a dramatic significance, as creaking floorboards, dripping faucets, and the electric hum of appliances, are amplified and orchestrated out to members of the TAK Ensemble.
The Jury was composed by Daniel Zea (composer, co-artistic director of Ensemble Vortex), Brian Archinal (percussionist, Ensemble Nikel, HKB Bern) and Anne Gillot (Musician and journalist for Radio, RTS, Ensemble Babel, Ensemble Vortex). The presentation of the winning projects will take place on November 4th, 2017 at l’Abri in Geneva.
Multiplicities is an ongoing commission and collaboration with MIT's Architecture Journal "Thresholds", and flautist Laura Cocks. It was designed with an attempt to understand and aestheticize the complexities and variations inherent in the performer/score relationship.
"Myth" is the first of two events curated by Qubit New Music that highlight the intricate relationships between architecture and music. This event will feature a visual exhibition from MIT's architecture journal Thresholds, sculptures from the Boston-Based design firm WOJR, and music by David Bird.
Dialogue consists of five new works for solo cello, written in collaboration with Helen by composers David Bird, Adam Hirsch, Kurt Isaacson, Haley Shaw, and Danny Clay. Newby's approach to the instrument imagines a cello liberated from its body and open to a world humming with new sonic possibilities.