Date / Place I

08 January 2022 Gare du Nord, Basel

Date / Place II

09 January 2022 Gare du Nord, Basel




Phœnix Satellite 2020/2021


Mathias Johannes Schmidhammer (*1991) “...und sie bewegt sich doch”  for piano and ensemble (2021, WP, commission EPhB) – 12’ Sebastian J. Meyer (*1994) “Ich setzte den Fuss in die Luft, und sie trug.” (In memoriam Bernhard Ambros Batschelet) for ensemble (2020/21, WP, commission EPhB) – 20’ Gérard Grisey (1946–1998) “Vortex Temporum” for piano and five instruments (1994–1996) – 40’


Ludovic Van Hellemont
piano solo
Jürg Henneberger
Christoph Bösch
flute, alto flute, bass flute, piccolo
Antje Thierbach
oboe, English horn
Toshiko Sakakibara
clarinet, bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet
Lucas Rößner
bassoon, contraforte
Alexandre Labonde
Jens Bracher
Antonio Jiménez-Marín
Daniel Stalder
Friedemann Treiber
Daniel Hauptmann
Alessandro D’Amico
Benedikt Böhlen
Aleksander Gabryś
double bass

Program description

Final concert of the composition competition “Phoenix Satellite 2020/2021”

For the fourth time, Ensemble Phoenix Basel held a biennial international composition workshop in the 2020/2021 season. In three preparatory modules – supported by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia – young composers at the beginning of their career get the opportunity to experiment with us as a professional specialist ensemble over a period of 18 months.

For the final fourth module – then as an integral part of the concert series of EPhB – two selected graduates of the preparatory phase are commissioned to compose a new work as a musical “commentary” on a central work of the 20th or 21st century. The new works are to “orbit” this composition, i.e. refer to it or contrast with it, as “satellites”. In 2019, the two satellites will revolve around one of the key works of the 20th century, “Vortex Temporum” by the French composer Gérard Grisey, who decisively influenced the musical style of “musique spectrale” (spectral music).