Livewire: Ensemble Laboratorium

Saturday, October 18 | 8:00 p.m.
Livewire: Ensemble Laboratorium
Concert Hall, Performing Arts & Humanities Building

The Department of Music’s Livewire festival presents the Ensemble Laboratorium, which will perform a collection of movements from single work, also entitled Laboratorium, by renowned composer Vinko Globokar.

Inspired by their time spent working together under the direction of Pierre Boulez at the 2004 Lucerne Festival Academy, a group of young musicians formed Laboratorium. Hailing from 15 countries on 5 continents, its members are especially interested in the study and interpretation of both the established and the obscure repertoire of the 20th & 21st centuries. Likewise they are actively commissioning new works as well as engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations with artists from other fields.

The ensemble’s debut performances were presented at the 2005 Lucerne Festival Academy and the 2005 Festival de Musica Contemporanea de Alicante (Spain). Critically acclaimed performances, including, in March 2007, the Lucerne Festival at Easter and a concert in Madrid’s famous Nuevo Auditorio del Museo Reina Sofia, as well as a sold out performance in May 2007 in Basel’s Gare du Nord, followed these inaugural concerts. Laboratorium completed 2007 with a successful Chilean tour presenting performances in Santiago at the XVII Festival de Musica Contemporanea Chilena and in La Serena at the Festival Musicahora. In 2008 and 2009 the ensemble was invited to the prestigious Tage für Neue Musik in Zürich, Switzerland. Since 2009 Laboratorium has been Ensemble-in-Residence at the Davos Festival, Switzerland, focusing on the presentation and promotion of new music. A successful US tour with concerts in New York City and at the June in Buffalo Festival was a highlight of the 2010 season. In 2009 Laboratorium began a residency at the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano. Activities of the 2011/2012 season included a return to the Davos Festival and Basel´s Gare du Nord, another appearance in the Tage für Neue Musik in Zürich’s Tonhalle, a CD recording with newly commissioned works, a concert in the Berliner Philharmonie in the Debut concert series of Deutschlandradio Kultur and a staged performance of Vinko Globokar’s Laboratorium at KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Hannover.

$15 general admission
$10 seniors
$5 students
Tickets are available online at MissionTix.
Admission is free with a UMBC ID (tickets available at the door).

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