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Late Night – Nikel Ensemble

Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2018, ensemble in residence, world premiere, rock music analyzed

With a line-up of saxophone, electric guitar, percussion and piano, the Viennese Nikel Ensemble manages to add a new element to contemporary music. It strives towards an ultimate blend of electronic and acoustic sounds. Its search for a new genre aligns nicely with Gaudeamus Week, and so it’s not for nothing that it is this year’s ensemble-in-residence.

For his stark work Fleisch, Enno Poppe drew inspiration from rock music. Or rather, he dissected the genre, stripped it of all stereotypes, and constructed a new piece out of the ruin left behind. Of an entirely different order is the piece by Oliver Thurley, in which a slowly shifting sombre atmosphere predominates. Gaudeamus Award nominee William Kuo completes this Late Night programme with spanking new work.

Nikel Ensemble

William Kuo - new work
Enno Poppe - Fleisch
Oliver Thurley - whose veil remains inscrutable