UrFormen - Automn 2021 / with ExVoCo
Since the beginning of Klexs, we have worked with several composers and musicians in order to build up a varied repertoire, which includes works that use the voice in whole or in part. In a discussion with the soprano Christie Finn of ExVoCo we imagined a collaboration between Klexs and the Stuttgart-based vocal ensemble.
While looking for pieces to perform for this project, we came across the works 'Rädda Mig ur Dyn' by Karin Rehnqvist and 'Ursonate' by Kurt Schwitters. Both pieces immediately fascinated and seduced us. With 'Rädda Mig ur Dyn' (Take me out of the mud), we were disturbed by the extreme tension that runs through the work. The piece pushes the performers to seek the most primitive form of a cry. Kurt Schwitters' 'Ursonate' is one of ExVoCo's favorite works. Kurt Schwitters worked for ten years on his sonata for 'primitive sounds' (Urlauten). This sound poem takes the structure of a sonata in a purely Dadaist spirit. The voice is the instrument and the notes are consonants and vowels. For this project, we will work out a version for our instrumentation together.
With "UrFormen" (primitiv forms) we want to work on the origins of expression. Where does the oldest musical expression come from? Can it be related to a contemporary compositional technique? The madrigal is one of the earliest forms of vocal ensemble music. Can its compositional principles be used in contemporary creation?
Rädda Mig ur Dyn - Karin Rehnqvist
Commissioned - Lea Hasher
Commissioned - Nicolas von Ritter
Commissioned - Zesses Seglias
Ursonate - Kurt Schwitters
In collaboration with Ensemble ExVoCo (Expanded Voice Company)
Christine Finn – Soprano
Frank Wörner – Bass
Matias Bocchio – Bariton