West Coast debut at 64th Ojai Music Festival
June 10th–13th, 2010
Libbey Bowl/ Ojai, CA
Info: +1 805 6462094
“Frank Zappa’s Last Band!”
(Gail Zappa about Ensemble Modern)
Renowned for its adventurous programming, the 64th Ojai Music Festival, will explore the works and celebrate musical relationships of its music director, George Benjamin.
Regarded as one of the world’s greatest contemporary music groups by The New Yorker, Ensemble Modern will mark its West Coast premiere performing four varied concerts—two conducted by Benjamin, one of chamber music, and works by Varèse and American icon Frank Zappa, including selections from Zappa’s albums, “Greggery Peccary” and “The Yellow Shark.”
Founded in 1980 and based in Frankfurt since 1985, the Ensemble Modern (EM) is one of the world’s leading ensembles for the performance of new music. Currently, the EM is comprised of 18 soloists from Argentina, Bulgaria, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, and Switzerland, all of whom provide the ensemble with its rich cultural background.
Touring extensively—with approximately 100 concerts each year—the EM strives to achieve the highest degree of authenticity by working closely with composers. The musicians rehearse an average of 70 new works each year, 20 of which are world premieres.
In 2003, the German Federal Cultural Foundation nominated the Ensemble Modern as one of Germany’s beacons of contemporary culture.
Ensemble Modern Schedule:
Thursday & Friday, June 10 & 11 @ 8:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, June 12 & 13 @ 11:00 a.m.
Tickets for different series range from $55 to $349
Official Website: http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/los/ver/en6115512v.htm
Added by Goethe-Institut on June 2, 2010