The 25 musicians of the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Elbe are professional and creative solo performers living in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland, who share a passion for the 20th-21st century classical music performance, creation, and education for young musicians and the general public, and have gained an extensive amount of experience not only as a soloist but also by performing with leading ensembles and orchestras specialized in the performance of contemporary music such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Resonanz, Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Ascolta, The Black Page Orchestra, Ensemble Mosaik, etc. on some of the most important international stages and festivals.
These curious explorers form a diverse and forward-thinking team of not only performers but also curators, creators, and commissioners who are constantly on their way to discover the potentials of the music of today by creating innovative and vibrant projects to connect with a wide range of audience.
With a strong emphasis on diversity, the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Elbe not only focuses on the performance of the 20th-21st century western classical masterpieces for large ensembles and chamber orchestras and newly commissioned works by well-established living composers, but also is a passionate advocate for music written by underrepresented composers from all over the world in its concert series, and seeks to highlight traces of historical, cultural and philosophical connections and similarities among all these works.
Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Elbe
The Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Elbe has a flexible structure consisting of a diverse pool of 25 professional and creative performers living in Germany, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland, who have gained an extensive amount of experience in the performance of contemporary classical music not only as a soloist but also by performing with leading ensembles and orchestras specialized in the performance of contemporary music such as Ensemble Modern, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Resonanz, Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Ascolta, The Black Page Orchestra, Ensemble Mosaik, Decoder Ensemble, Zafraan Ensemble, etc. on some of the most important international stages and festivals.
The flexibility of such modular structure not only allows for the realization of diverse projects, concert formats, and performance of works written for various instrumental settings from small ensembles to chamber orchestras but also provides a broad network that facilitates new collaborations and performance opportunities on an international level.
Performance of electro-acoustic masterpieces of western contemporary classical repertoire for large ensembles/chamber orchestras of 20th and 21st century and newly commissioned works by well-established living composers alongside works by less represented or non-European contemporary classical composers.
The Goat Song Project
An interdisciplinary project for the creation and realization of electro-acoustic “sketches” in collaboration with DJs, IDM/sound artists in innovative small formats for clubs and alternative venues in Berlin/Hamburg. Developing and realization of innovative projects involving artificial intelligence, motion sensor technology, and live coding environments.
Inspired by Homi Bhabha’s The Location of Culture, this project will be dedicated to the importance of reflection on the role of curation when it comes to our responsibility to cultivate new spaces for collaborations and especially cross-regional ones. This will be a platform and podcast for re-framing our expectations for music created by non-white composers to sound “Oriental” or to fit with the big constructed narrative about "The East”.
CD production of under-represented compositions from around the world: West/Central Asian composers, Eastern Mediterranean composers, Southern Mediterranean/North African composers, and South American composers.
Collaboration with other ensembles in Hamburg to perform neglected orchestral works throughout history written especially by women, and to commission new orchestral works.
Subscription packages for composers to receive recordings of their compositions once per season.
Creating a database of videos of instructions on specific instrumental extended techniques, and conversations with composers about those techniques and their works.
Online Courses and Reading Sessions
Online courses/ Workshops / Reading Sessions for composers who do not have the possibility to travel to Europe or are citizens of the global South.
SUSTAINABILITY: into the future
Other than the above-mentioned projects, during its development stages, the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra Elbe aims at searching for creative solutions to:
Explore an innovative financial ecosystem and alternative financial resources by collaborating with local businesses
Explore the possibility of covering operation costs through decentralized finance (DEFI) by earning interest on deposits and borrowing cryptocurrencies (mined through sustainable energy sources) in a non-custodial liquidity market protocol, with a vision to encourage real life application of cryptocurrencies in the cultural sector
Partnership with and long-term investment on companies in the clean energy sector
Creating a ticket sale and reward system for the audience through the use of cryptocurrencies
Experiments to explore sustainable methods of powering concert stages and electronic instruments and devices by using green energies by developing a low-cost solar-powered toolkit to power the entire equipment on the stage, etc.