Tue, Feb. 01, 2022, 7.30 pm | Halle 424
Das Internet – ein komplexes System zwischen Ordnung und Chaos – Lecture by Prof. Anja Feldmann, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, Saarbrücken
Tom Johnson: “Counting Duets”
Stefan Schäfer: “Hindernisse” for voice and double bass
Tom Johnson: “Bedtime Stories”
Stefan Schäfer: “Für Städtebewohner” for Narrator and Percussion, based on texts by Bertolt Brecht (world premiere)
Tom Johnson: “Eggs and Baskets”
Stefan Schäfer: „Es war einmal“ – Lieder nach Texten von Daniil Charms für Stimme, Flöte, Kontrabass und Schlagzeug
Bachelor and Master of Music at The Juilliard School in New York
with Emmanuel Villaume at The Juilliard School (live-streamed, 2017), with Margo Garrett and John Churchwell at Music Academy of the West (2019)
Encouragement award, Gerda Lissner Lieder/Song Competition (2017/18), John Erskine Prize of The Juilliard School (2017), Tudor Bowl at Winnipeg Music Festival (2015)
Relation to the Hamburg State Opera:
Member of the International Opera Studio of the Hamburg State Opera since season 2019/20
Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Celia (La fedeltà premiata), Narciso (Agrippina), Second Woman (Dido and Aeneas), La Tasse Chinoise (L’enfant et les sortilèges), Frau Reich/Meg Page (Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor), Phèdre (Hippolyte et Aricie), Claire (Cold Mountain)
World premiere of “Drei Grabschriften” (Stefano Gervasoni), performances of “Animus II” (Druckman), “Folk Songs” (Berio) and “Liebeslieder Walzer” (Brahms), Competitor in the 2019 Wigmore Hall/Independent Opera Song Competition
Cooperation with directors:
Edward Berkeley, Mary Birnbaum, James Darrah, John Giampietro, Stephen Wadsworth
Cooperation with conductors:
William Christie, Jane Glover, Jeffrey Milarsky, Teddy Poll, Avi Stein, Stephen Stubbs
Even as a child, Manuela Tyllack, who was born in Hamburg in 1968, loved the beautiful sound of the flute; at the age of ten she received her first lessons on the instrument. At 15 her teacher became Michael Bardeli, then a flutist in the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, who was a profound influence and awakened her wish to become an orchestra musician. A first prize at the “Jugend musiziert” competition and other awards paved the way for her studies with Karlheinz Zoeller at the Berlin University of the Arts, followed by a scholarship of the Karajan Academy from 1992 to 1994. During these two years, she was taught by Andreas Blau and was able to join concerts and tours of the Berlin Philharmonic in North America, Japan, Israel and Europe. In 1994 Manuela Tyllack was appointed to her first principal flute job in Lübeck, followed by the engagement as associate principal flute at the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra in 1996.
Stefan Schäfer began his studies at the Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre as a pianist before changing to the double bass in the class of Hans-Dieter Eschmann. He graduated with a diploma and soloist exam with distinction and continued his advanced studies with Klaus Stoll and Ovidiu Badila. Stefan Schäfer holds the position of principal double bassist of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg and is an enthusiastic chamber musician, performing and recording with various ensembles (e.g. octet ensemble acht). He has recorded numerous CDs as a soloist and chamber musician. He is the chairman of the association “kammermusik heute e.V.” and has taught at the Hamburg Conservatory since 1995. In 1993 he was awarded the first prize of the Elise-Meyer-Foundation Hamburg. He is often invited to give international master classes for double bass and chamber music and serves as a jury member or chairman for international instrumental and interdisciplinary competitions. His numerous compositions are wide-ranging in genre and instrumentation. They are performed all over the world, e.g. in famous concert halls such as Carnegie Hall in New York, Vienna’s Konzerthaus and the Philharmonie Berlin. His works are also played at several competitions; for example, he composed the compulsory piece for the Third International Johann-Matthias-Sperger-Competition. In Great Britain and the USA his works were awarded composition prizes (British and International Bass Forum, International Society of Bassists). His works are either self-published under the imprint bassist composer publications or by the Hofmeister Musikverlag in Leipzig. From 2010 to 2012 Stefan Schäfer was Composer-in-Residence of the Baden-Württemberg Pedagogical Double Bass Association, which aims to launch new compositions for double bass instruction, but also for workshops and competitions. Furthermore, Schäfer’s oeuvre includes songs and chamber compositions as well as orchestral commissions for the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra. www.bassist-composer.de
Brian Barker was born in Ottawa, Canada, in 1976, studying first in his hometown and then with Pierre Béluse in Montréal. In 2002 he moved to Berlin to take lessons from Rainer Seegers of the Berlin Philharmonic. Working with Seegers and later also with Marek Stefula of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig influenced him profoundly. After engagements at the Theater des Westens in Berlin and at the Staatskapelle Schwerin, Brian Barker joined the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra in 2006. During the 2014/15 season he was a guest at La Scala in Milan. Brian Barker teaches at the Hamburg Academy of Music and Theatre and also at the Conservatorio Guido Cantelli in Novara near Milan. Brian Barker has worked with conductors such as Daniel Barenboim, Bernard Haitink, Zubin Mehta, Kirill Petrenko, Daniele Gatti, Paavo Järvi, Riccardo Chailly, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Herbert Blomstedt.
When the internet was created during the 1990s, its inventors had no idea of the challenges their system would have to overcome within only 30 years. No one could imagine the chaos of the near-infinite amounts of data transported via the internet today – every single day. The coronavirus pandemic has only reinforced this effect: within a few days, hundreds of millions of people had to work and shop from home, and the demand for entertainment media sky-rocketed. The research group on internet architecture studies the consequences of this development for the internet and the dangers and possibilities arising for all of us from the internet. One central question in this regard is posed by Prof. Dr. Anja Feldmann: how can the internet be developed further to make it future-proof?
A much easier question is asked by the narrator in Tom Johnson’s piece “Eggs and Baskets”: how can you divide six eggs into two baskets? Is there a right way of doing so, in a universe of possibilities? An apparently random decision. The creative chaos of Johnson’s compositional experiments unfolds in his works, many of which are oriented towards mathematical formulas, for example “Counting Duets”. As a composer, the Philharmonic’s principal double bass player Stefan Schäfer has produced a large oeuvre for his own instrument. As part of the second Themed Concert, he and his colleagues combine several of his own works with Tom Johnson’s. Their performance is entitled “Chaos and Order”. Among other works, Schäfer’s “Für Städtebewohner” for narrator and percussion will be premiered, a composition inspired by urban poetry and based on texts by Bertolt Brecht. This is flanked by “Es war einmal” and “Hindernisse”, in which he imaginatively combines the voice of the double bass with singing and other instruments.
Venue: Halle 424, Stockmeyerstraße 43, 20457 Hamburg
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