Phœnix

Tim Hodgkinson, Wang Lu & Swiss Composers

English composer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Hodgkinson has become known primarily as an experimental rock and improvisation musician. Among other things, he founded the politically and musically radical group “HENRY COW” together with Fred Frith in 1968. He has also written compositions for classical formations. In 2003 the Ensemble Phoenix Basel played his quartet “Repulsion”, which was released as a live recording on our portrait CD (“United Phoenix Records”, 2004). His new work “under the void”, which he wrote for us, will finally have its world premiere after seven years.

After his studies Colombian composer Leonardo Idrobo stayed in Basel. We’ve followed his work closely and have premiered one of his early works in 2011. We look forward and are curious for his new work.

Christophe Schiess from Biel contributes a newly composed piece for us after a creative break due to family reasons. Since he had studied with Georg Friedrich Haas in Basel, you can find his name more often in our programs. Christoph Schiess is now himself teaching in Basel.

The three world premieres are complemented by an ensemble piece by Chinese composer Wang Lu. “Backstory” has an open, intuitive form. Seemingly loose yet tightly wound blocks of sound rub up against buoyant grooves.


Program

Leonardo Idrobo (*1977) New work for ensemble (2022, WP, commission EPhB) – 15’ Christophe Schiess (*1974) New work for ensemble (2022, WP, commission EPhB) – 15’ Wang Lu (*1982) “Backstory”  for ensemble (2016) – 7’30” Tim Hodgkinson (*1949) “Under the Void”  for ensemble (1916–1918) – 20’
Jürg Henneberger
conductor
Christoph Bösch
flute, piccolo, bass flute
Antje Thierbach
oboe
Toshiko Sakakibara
clarinet, bass clarinet
Lucas Rößner
bassoon, contraforte
Aurélien Tschopp
horn
Nenad Marković
trumpet
Michael Büttler
trombone
Daniel Stalder
percussion
João Pacheco
percussion
Miguel Pisonero
piano
Friedemann Treiber
violin
Daniel Hauptmann
violin
Petra Ackermann
viola
Alessandro D’Amico
viola
Stéphanie Meyer
cello
Aleksander Gabryś
double bass