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Ensemble Adapter

  • Rotaprint 4 Gottschedstraße Berlin, 13357 Germany (map)
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New work and residency with Ensemble Adapter in Berlín.

Ensemble Adapter

Adapter is a German-Icelandic ensemble for contemporary music based in Berlin. The core of the group consists of a quartet with flute, clarinet, harp and percussion. Together with selected guests this core occasionally grows into chamber music settings with up to 10 players. On international concert tours and in the studio Adapter plays world premieres and other selected works of the recent past. The ensemble also produces and co- produces larger interdisciplinary projects – and is interested in exploring and testing the limits of trans-medial approaches in various settings. In workshops Adapter transfers knowledge of how to write, study and perform contemporary music to composers, instrumentalist and creatives worldwide. Adapter stays in touch with the latest developments in the differing scenes of contemporary creation - maintaining a progressive, authentic and powerful style.

Ensemble Adapter has been active since 2004, both in Berlin and internationally. A special focus has been on the Scandinavian countries for many years, particularly Iceland and Finland. Since 2011 the ensemble has been producing its own concert series named „Rotation“ on the premises of ExRotaprint - a former printing factory in Berlin's district of Wedding, that has been re-opened as a centre for small businesses, social activities and the arts. The programming of the series 'Rotation' resembles Ensemble Adapter's versatile profile: young composers, international repertoire, experimental formats.

In the past years Ensemble Adapter also has appeared at various international festivals and concert series, e.g. Ultraschall (GER), MaerzMusik (GER), Wien Modern (OS), Israel Festival (ISR), Nordic Music Days (DK), Ultima (NO), Time of Music (FIN), Reykjavik Arts Festival (IS), Contempuls (CZ), Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (GB) and many others. Other concert trips lead to Russia, Japan and the United States of America.

The ensemble's interest in collaboration with likeminded artists has lead to interdisciplinary projects with visual artists Douglas Gordon and Egill Saebjörnsson, the author Finn-Ole Heinrich, Icelandic electro-punk band Ghostigital, New York's Ensemble Pamplemousse and many others.

Kristjana Helgadottir, flutes
Ingolfur Vilhjalmsson, clarinets
Gunnhildur Einarsdottir, harp
Matthias Engler, percussion