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Ensemble ilinx – Studio for Contemporary Music at Berlin University of the Arts

source: Leah Muir

Artistic direction: Prof. Elena Mendoza and Leah Muir

For French sociologist Roger Caillois (Les jeux et les hommes, 1958), ilinx (from the Ancient Greek: ecstasy) is one of the four categories into which he divides human games (alongside agon, competition, alea, joy and mimicry, transformation of identity). Ilinx is connected with irritations in perception of time and space, with an experience of shifting reality.  

If music is understood as play, it belongs unequivocally to ilinx.

The ensemble ilinx is a point of contact for all students at the UdK Berlin interested in contemporary music. One or two concerts per year are planned, with selected works from the 20th and 21st centuries. These concerts are meticulously curated so that they represent an aesthetic whole, not merely a sequence of pieces. Participation in Zoom+Focus (semester concerts of students studying Composition) is also envisaged. 

Through cooperation with the study programme Conducting and its teachers Steven Sloane, Harry Curtis and Catherine Larsen Maguire, the ensemble plans changing musical directions by lecturers, students and occasional guests. Permanent cooperations with Crescendo – the musical festival weeks of the UdK Berlin, and Klangzeitort – Institute for Contemporary Music at the UdK Berlin, and the HfM Hanns Eisler Berlin have been established.

Members of the ensemble ilinx – Studio for Contemporary Music in summer semester 2018

Jules Gisler, Performer  
Maria Franz, Performer and Cello
Astarte Posch, Performer and Speaker      
Anna Petzer, Voice
Amelie Baier, Voice
Vincent Brock, Speaker 
Johanna Longin, Flute
Chiao-Yu Hsieh, Recorder
Ariane Rovesse, Clarinet  
Jörgen Roggenkamp, Tuba
Christoph Lindner, Percussion
Martin Rose, Piano    
Marika Ikeya, Violin
Alice Bordarier, Viola
Marcello Pojaghi, Violoncello

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