Austrian ensemble Ensemble SD presents an evening of US premieres and performances of commissioned pieces by George Lewis and Oxana Omelchuk, followed by works by Johannes Kreidler, John Zorn, and others.
The key work for the concert is George Lewis’ new piece commissioned by the group, followed by another commissioned piece by Belarusian composer Oxana Omelchuk, features two solo trombones. Both pieces will be premiered in October during the 50th edition of musikprotokoll, one of the most important festivals for new music, held in Graz, Austria. The second half of the program will be dedicated a collection of short pieces for smaller ensembles, including Johannes Kreidler’s concept piece “Charts Music,” composed with the aid of stock exchange and trading charts.
Founded in 2005 for the first JazzWerkstatt Wien festival, Ensemble SD started as big band, but has since morphed to perform in various permutations, depending on the project. The group operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and (art) rock, and others. Ensemble SD curates and produces new programs, concert series, and recordings, working alone or in cooperation with large institutions. In 2016, Ensemble SD brought new programs to several internationally-renowned stages as Wien Modern, Kampnagel Hamburg, musikprotokoll graz, and the Tagen für Neue Musik in Zurich. The ensemble also presented works Anthony Braxton, George Lewis, Cornelius Cardew, George Crumb, and others during a four-concert series at Vienna’s Porgy & Bess. Past guest soloists and collaborations with Ensemble SD include Vinko Globokar, Elliott Sharp, Michel Doneda, and Friedrich Cerha.
Johannes Kreidler (1980) – Charts Music
George Lewis (1952) – New Work
Oxana Omelchuk (1975) – wow and flutter
Caitlin Smith (1983) – Wie schön ist es zu leben
Christoph Walder (1967) – vozmozhnost
John Zorn (1953) – Ceremonial Magic