Image on the left: my squirrel, photo taken at my garden window in Munich 12/19: Image on the right: 09/17 CD recording session with conductor Kevin John Edusei, auditorium Grafenegg castle.
Impressive harvest of a rich and joyful year 2015. Two important CDs have just been released. On WERGO Volume 4 SOULPAINTINGS - SEELENGEMÄLDE, my orchestra works with the DSO German Symphony Orchestra Berlin and soloists of high renown: Ingolf Turban plays the violin concert AUGEN DER ERDE (EYES OF THE EARTH), Johannes Fischer SYMPHONY II for percussion & orchestra, Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmdit and Jens Peter Maintz perform brilliantly in the double concert for two celli DR. JEKYL & MR. HYDE. Ambiente Audio released Volume 13 of my SACRED MUSIC SERIES with the CD LAUDATO SI’ including the „Sonnengesang“ (Sun Chant) for 8 voices (Regensburger Domspatzen) and the organ symphonies no. 12 VENI CREATOR and no. 13 LUNA.
Exciting world premieres: Oct. 10 at the Speyer Cathedral with the organ symphony no. 14 DIE ROMANISCHE, Dec. 12 in Taipei/Taiwan with YI JING. CONCERTO FOR SHENG & CHINESE ORCHESTRA with the National Chinese Orchestra Taiwan and the Asian star soloist Weng Zehn-Fa, who also got many audiences in China acquainted with my CHANGES on the 19th of September at the Sheng Festival in Shanghai. Other world premieres include my variations of Bach's Christmas Oratorio O MEINER SEELEN ZIER for baritone, choir and ensemble on the 25th of December; on New Year's Eve, there was the world premiere of MEDIA VITA for organ and percussions in Rheinfelden/Basel MEDIA VITA (with Irmtraud and Edward Tarr). Furthermore, there were always concerts of compositions that had already had their premieres, also in international concert halls. To name just a few, Laszlo Fenyö (cello) performed my composition SULAMITH on the 19th of November in Budapest at the Liszt Academy and Johannes Skudlik (organ) a performed the composition EDGE OF TIME on the 10th of November in New York/USA at the Central Synagogue.
A personal highlight of mine was the entire week in September that I spent in the auditorium of the castle Grafenegg (near Vienna), where two new WERGO CDs were recorded with conductor Kevin John Edusei and the "Tonkünstler-Orchester". Seven virtuosic concerts were part of the program - with outstanding soloists, auch as Albrecht Mayer (oboe), Dorothee Oberlinger (recorder), Oliver Triendl (piano), Christoph Hartmann (oboe), Johannes Fischer (percussions), Joachim Schäfer und Csaba Kelemen (trumpets), Stefan Langbein (trombone), and Olga Watts (cembalo).... it was a true explosion of musicality and sound colors - I look forward to the release of the two CDs in 2016.
And as always ... film scores: In 2015, 5 episodes of the ARTE/HR/SWR "Fährpassagen" (ferry passages) were created and then aired for the first time at the end of December on ARTE (interesting documentaries also about people away from the high business world), 3 episodes of "Hessen von oben" (Hesse from the top) for HR, 40 episodes of "Giraffe, Erdmännchen & Co" (giraffe, meerkat & Co.) for HR about the zoo in Frankfurt ... and a gripping ZDF thriller "Es ist doch nur Liebe" ("but it is only love", directed by: Thomas Nennstiel). The music recordings with the Philharmonic Film Orchestra Munich and Christian Gruber of the guitar duo v'Gruber & Maklar' took place on the 22nd / 23rd of December .......
And due to its importance, it should not be forgotten to mention my activity as the president of the German Composer Association, my work in the executive committee of the German Music Council, and my work as the chairman of the supervisory board of the GEMA. There were weekly committee meetings, talks, conferences and conventions about the topic of copyright law and the "fight for a fair compensation" of Europeans engaged in the cultural sector. This also involved the need to travel to Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Brussels, London, or Stockholm.
Regardless of all that work, many new compositions were born (especially at night) such as ABADDON. ANGEL OF ABBYSS and the symphonic composition LILITH (both scheduled for CD recording in March of 2016 with the DSO Berlin and cellist Laszlo Fenyö), the trumpet concert IKARUS. DESIRE FOR THE LIGHT (performed by Otto Sauter in a world premiere in the jungle theater Manaus/Brazil and later on in Teheran and Istanbul), APOCALYPSIS. END OF TIME was created and a concert for 4 trombones and orchestra and it is intended to sweep the listeners off their feet (world premiere in April of 2016 with the Quadriga trombone quartet and the Philharmonic Orchestra Jena)..... In accordance with the pace of my composing work, my three publishing houses Schott Music Mainz, Strube-Verlag Munich, and Ries & Erler-Musikverlag Berlin are busy putting together sheet music (which is something I am really grateful for!), so that new compositions can be released each month.
MARCO POLO – a monumental opera in Guangzhou & BeijingExciting News in may 2018: Sometimes silent as my election as official member of the „Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts“ or my nomination as „Honorary Artistic Advisor“ of Guangzhou Opera House. Sometimes with frenetic applause as the performances of my opera MARCO POLO (composed and sung in chinese language) in Guangzhou and Beijing. All over China it was a sensation in media and cultural life.
Latest CD „MAGIC OF IRREALITY“ WERGO/NaxosEnthusiastic reviews of the latest CD „MAGIC OF IRREALITY“ at Label WERGO distributed by NAXOS with two double concertos, recorded october 2017 with Siberian State Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Lande, conductor) in Krasnoyarsk: Jiemin Yan (Erhu) and Wen-Sinn Yang (Cello) playing ISOLDE & TRISTAN, Otto Sauter (piccolo trumpet) and Sergei Nakariakov (flugelhorn) playing DREAMDANCERS.
Turbulent and wild..... but a creative summer 2017During my intense work with Chinese language, culture and history while composing the MARCO POLO opera, some very personal insights also happened. For example, the Chinese proverb: "If the roots are deep, the wind is not to be feared". In fact, even impossible things can be accomplished if everything is deeply rooted in one's own will and nature.
News Fall 2016 until Spring 2017"Creativity as a whirlwind, news from end 2016 to spring 2017". So many concerts and world premieres, encounters with people and (natural) musicians, composition of new works, projects, ideas.
...via music connected with friends all over the worldMAKING MUSIC IN THE 7x24 MODE... with all the consequences: composing, being in charge of editions (horrible job of "proofreading"), world premieres, repeated performances, travels and living at the airport ( Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Stockholm, Gdansk, Cologne, Taipei, Beijing), rehearsals and conducting, CD productions... luckily all of the above is combined with friendship and wonderfully inspiring encounters... being a musician could be a dream job, if there weren't the increasing exploitation of the data giants and the "all-for-free" mentality of the music users. Therefore, I'm putting so much time into cultural policy (Berlin-Brussels-current amendment of the legal systems) as President of the German Composers Association, in order to fight for a touch of a livable future for my colleagues...