Ever since its formation in 1991 Ensemble musikFabrik has had the reputation of being one of the leading ensembles for contemporary music. Following the literal meaning of its name, Ensemble musikFabrik is particularly dedicated to artistic innovation. New, unknown, and often personally commissioned works in an unusual media are typical of their productions. The results of their extensive work, that usually takes place in close collaboration with the composers, is presented by the Cologne-based international soloist ensemble in over 100 concerts a year in both Germany and abroad, at Festivals, in their own series “musikFabrik in WDR” and in regular radio recordings and CD productions.
The musicians themselves take the responsibility for making all-important decisions. Exploring the capabilities of modern communication forms, and new possibilities for expression in musical and theatrical areas, are a focal point. Interdisciplinary projects that can include live electronics, dance, theatre, film, literature and creative artists, along with chamber music, and the confrontation with works using open form and improvisation, extend the traditional conducted ensemble concerts. Discussion concerts and the experimentation with alternative concert forms involving audience participation are also part of this. Thanks to its extraordinary profile, and its superb artistic quality, the Ensemble musikFabrik is sought after world wide and is a trusted partner of renowned composers and conductors.
Bristol Ensemble is a professional chamber orchestra, formed in 1994 by violinist Roger Huckle (originally called the Emerald Ensemble). They’re best known for their work with film and media, and their contemporary music project – Elektrostatic.
Bristol Ensemble also carries out various community outreach programmes in schools, colleges and for the elderly. They’ve recorded for TV and film, notably the BBC Natural History Unit. Bristol Ensemble is in residence at University of Bristol.