Lecture and analysis with Dr Jörn Peter Hiekel, Rainer Römer and Ueli Wiget (Ensemble Modern)
The 1972 Munich Olympics – known as ”the Happy Games” – were the first to be held in Germany since the fall of the Nazi regime. Seizing the chance to show the world a more democratic face, the country commissioned artists from all nations to create works for a parallel exhibition, including Mauricio Kagel. In Exotica the composer critiques the dominance of Western culture with characteristically subversive humour and irony: classically trained musicians are required to grapple with unfamiliar, non-European instruments. The work will be performed by Ensemble Modern at Rikscenen on Friday September 12.
Beginning with an analysis of Exotica, eminent musicologist Jörn Peter Hiekel (author of Cultural Identity (-ies) in Contemporary Music), pianist Ueli Wiget and percussionist Rainer Römer (Ensemble Modern) talk about Kagel´s view of music as realist art, and, more generally, about the process of acculturation - the meeting between two cultures and the experience of the Other – through music composition and performance.
Lunch will be served.
About Jörn Peter Hiekel
Born 1963 in Göttingen, Jörn Peter Hiekel has studied music science, art history and history at the universities in Cologne and Bonn as well as contrabass studies at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Bonn. Lecturer and docent for composer seminars at the Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music between 2002 and 2008, Hiekel is author of numerous publications in print and for the radio on music of the 20th and 21st century. Over the years, Hiekel has worked extensively as a music critic, editor and publisher for Breitkopf & Härtel, ARD and Frankfurter Allgemeine. He is currently professor for musicology and director of the New Music Institute of the Musikhochschule „Carl Maria von Weber“ in Dresden, as well as professor for music history and æsthetics at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich, Switzerland. In addition, Hiekel is music director at the Saxon Academy of Arts and chairman of the Institute of New Music and Music Education in Darmstadt.
About Rainer Römer (Ensemble Modern)
Percussionist Rainer Römer was born in 1956 in Würzburg. Rainer Römer already played in several jazz and rock formations before studying at the Music Academy in Würzburg from 1974 to 1980. Together with the Würzburger Percussions Quartet he was an award winner of the Federal Selection of Young Artists in 1980/1981 and, together with the same ensemble, won the Gaudeamus Concour in Rotterdam. He has been a member of Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt since 1985. Römer has been involved in several radio productions – e.g. ›seven seconds‹ (Hessian Radio 2001). He received the Intermedium Award of the Bavarian Radio in 2002 for his work ›Staubmarsch‹ (together with Ottmar Hörl and Dietmar Wiesner). In 2004 Römer was appointed professor at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. His radio play ›Oberman‹ (Hessian Radio 2006) was named ›audio play of the month‹ in March 2006. In 2010, Ensemble Modern Medien published his portrait CD ›Nemeton‹.
Ueli Wiget (Ensemble Modern)
Born in Winterthur in 1957, Ueli Wiget received his first piano lessons from Klaus Wolters at the age of ten. From 1978 to 1983 he studied piano and harp at the State Academy of Music and Theatre Hanover under Hans Leygraf and Ruth Konhäuser, finishing with the concert exam for both instruments. From 1983 to 1986 he studied at Budapest’s Liszt Academy under György Kurtàg and Zoltàn Kocsis. He won the first Swiss Young Musicians Competition as well as the competition of the State Music Academies in Germany; he also received several international prizes at competitions in Sydney, Monza and Leipzig.
Since 1986 he has been a pianist with the Ensemble Modern, getting in contact with a variety of different tasks and performance styles; as a soloist he has performed at the great European festivals and collaborated with a large number of orchestras as soloist. As a chamber musician, he performs in many varying formations and on a regular basis with the Vermeer and the Carmina Quartets. His portrait CD, published in 2009 by Ensemble Modern Media, contains exclusively chamber music by the Greek composer Nikos Skalkottas.