Ensemble musikFabrik – for beginners

When posed the question: „What could a musikFabrik be?“, a clever primary school child answered: „That is where they create music that hasn’t been made yet“. That basically sums up everything in a nutshell. Ensemble musikFabrik has been commissioning new works and performing unknown ones since 1991. It is never just a question of interpretation, but of taking new paths of development. The Cologne-based soloist ensemble has built up a close collaboration with prominent conductors and composers.

The ensemble’s guest list is as prominent as it is long: It includes Mark Andre, Louis Andriessen, Stefan Asbury, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Péter Eötvös, Heiner Goebbels, Toshio Hosokawa, Michael Jarrell, Mauricio Kagel, Helmut Lachenmann, Olga Neuwirth, Emmanuel Nunes, Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus), Emilio Pomàrico, Enno Poppe, Henri Pousseur, Wolfgang Rihm, Peter Rundel, Rebecca Saunders, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Sasha Waltz and Hans Zender.

Contrary to what its name suggests, Ensemble musikFabrik does not have a boss. With its democratic base, the musicians themselves take the responsibility for making all-important decisions. This particularly applies to concert programming, which has shaped Ensemble musikFabrik’s very unique profile. Their programmes consist of interdisciplinary projects that can include: live electronics, dance, theatre, film, literature, visual arts, along with chamber music and the confrontation with works using an open form and improvisation.

Ensemble musikFabrik is as open as its mission: To create music that is not there yet.