Kammerensemble Neue Musik

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The need to interact with the music of the immediate present was the impulse for the foundation of the KNM Berlin at the end of the 80s by students of the »Hanns Eisler« college of music in Berlin.

In addition to the traditional concert form the chamber ensemble that comprises 11 members, which also collaborates with guest musicians and conductors from throughout the world in the case of larger projects, devotes itself to experimental and scene music in particular as well as music theatre. In this process the interaction with the composer and his/her work goes beyond the mere musical interpretation of the piece – it provides a dialogue of the various different, time, spatial and cultural contexts and provides retrospective impulses for the work of the composers.

Making use of the “open” music concepts of the 1960s the KNM consciously integrates these in its exciting interrelationship with current music making trends. The constant extension of their own musical possibilities e.g. by means of the addition of electronic media, is also an important aspect for the musicians of the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin.

Projects in the areas of installation and performance continue to be a fixed part of the work.

KNM Ganesha was founded in 2002. The traditional wind instrument trio within this chamber music formation was supplemented by the tuba, in order to experiment using this unusual combination. In 2004 the second chamber music formation was foundet: the KNM Quartet which works as a string quartet.Now the KNM Berlin is one of the trend-setting ensembles for music of the contemporary age with its own concert series at the Academy of Arts, constant concerts at home and abroad, opera productions and guest performances at the most important European festivals and concerts venues (Belgrade, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Brussels, Cologne, Copenhagen, Dresden, Huddersfield, Leipzig, London, Malmö, Marseille, Moscow, Munic, Paris, Petersburg, Rom, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Turin and Vienna.