Viva Voce (2011/2012)

Interactive Sound and Video Installation
Viva Voce is dedicated to vocal performance art, exploring voice and embodiment, identity and oral tradition. In the gallery space three singers are to be encountered via a life-size video projection. From an iPad station, the visitors can "play" the vocalists by means of tapping on an interactive 3D score interface. The compositional work for Viva Voce follows an "open-form", where detailed notated musical and text-based passages are preformed along freer parts, where the vocalists are encouraged to improvise with sound and text following a narrative, which is closely related to their personal interests and cultural background. With such a setup I aim to address and emphasize (musically as well as dramatically) each vocalist's personality, as a performer on stage and as an individual of our times and how the latter feeds back again into his or her performance practice.
The installation features the three vocal artists Juliana Snapper (LA), Shelley Hirsch (NYC), and Pamela Z (SFO), video artist Heiko Kalmbach (Berlin) and interaction designer Micha Schmitz (Köln).

Premiere: January 20 - 24, 2013, Human Resources, Los Angeles

SABRe - Sensor Augmented Bass Clarinet Research
Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology (ICST) Zurich, Switzerland

2011/2012 sees my participation in the SABRe research project in a team of instrument builders, performers, programmers, musicologists and educators. The project aims to embed different sensing technologies into a standard bass clarinet that can be used simultaneously as an acoustic instrument and a control device for computer music. Among others the technology features air pressure sensors in the mouthpiece, magnetic sensors in the keys and inertial measurement units in the bell to read movement patterns. My artistic contribution consists of a 15-18 minutes long multichannel composition, programmed within the ambisonic environment.

Performances: January 20 + February 20, 2012, ZHdK Zürich, Switzerland, June 18, 2012, Concert à la Fontaine, Paris, France, October 19, 2012, spectrum 21, New York, USA, October 25, 2012, Visiones Sonoras, Morelia, Mexico


« madrigali notturni » (2012/2013)
per quattro voci, luci e una struttura architettonica aperta e risonante

« madrigali notturni » evokes the spirit of the great Renaissance masters by linking musical composition and a corresponding light design to architecture, by shaping sound through visual and spatial properties and by carefully choreographing the vocalists within a resonating space. Core of this work is the music of Adrian Willaert (1490-1562) and his pupil Cipriano de Rore (1516-1565) and my original contemporary response to it. As « madrigali notturni » is intended to show in a variety of architectural settings, each new performance will feature a new scenic concept. This concerns the performers' positions and movement throughout the space, the arrangement of the percussive interludes, as well as the illumination, to highlight visually and audibly the structural uniqueness of each space.

Vokal Solistenensemble Voc_4 . Svea Schildknecht . Agnieszka Kowalczyk .
Sylvia Nopper . Leslie Leon
Ric Schachtebeck (choreographie), Christa Wenger (licht),
Ludger Engels (artistic advisor), Katharina Rosenberger (composition)

Premiere: June 7, 2013, Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen, Hannover, Germany



X - suite filante (2006/07)

Opéra-Vidéo by Katharina Rosenberger / Ivan Talijancic (WaxFactory)
Inspired by the work of French conceptual artist Sophie Calle, the two artists set diverse performance languages on a collision course: combining cinematographic images with theatrical action, and live performance with electronic and acoustic music, sound gets visible and space audible. The three vocal artists: Sylvia Nopper, Leslie Leon and Leila Pfister together with the ensemble für neue musik zürich, function on stage as a modern chorus in dialogue with the dual-layer video projection.
With: Sylvia Nopper(Soprano), Leslie Leon (Mezzosoprano), Leila Pfister (Mezzosoprano), Erika Latta (Acting), ensemble für neue musik zürich // Composition: Katharina Rosenberger //Direction: Ivan Talijancic // Video: Antonio Giacomin // Dramaturgy: Iva Sanjek // Stagedesign: Spela Ursic, Nejc Batistic // Costumes : Giomar Giraldo // Light: Daniel Müller, Blaise Dutoit // Production: Thomas Keller (Verein Freqwerk), Production Videoshoot: Georg Bringolf

Performances: August 18 (premier) to 21, 2007, Zürcher Theaterspektakel, Rote Fabrik, Aktionshalle, Zürich, September 1 to 4, 2007, Festival La Bâtie, Théâtre du Grütli, Blackbox, Geneva, Switzerland >more

  Room V (2006)

Interactive Sound Installation
The audience is invited to control with their body movement the unfolding of a musical composition. An Max/MSP driven interface allows via motion capture to perform realtime sound synthesis and re-spatialisation of previously recorded acoustic music.
Technical development in collaboration with GMEM (Centre National de Création Musicale) in Marseille, France >more

Showings: May 5 - 22, 2007, Festival Les Musiques, Galerie District, Marseille, France, March 20 - 29, 2009, Festival Archipel, Geneva, Switzerland

mokume gane (2005)

composition for orchestra
inspired by the ancient Japanese metalworking technique, the sounds of various metal objects have been recorded, analyzed and orchestrated into the ensemble, divided into 28 solo voices.
premiered by Orchestre de Nîmes, Jean Deroyer, Nov. 19, 2005, Théâtre de Nîmes, France

LateNite (2005)

sound design for the play by Matthias Lehmann
through wireless headphones the audience is lured into the minds of four young passengers on a nightly train ride. The spoken text runs on four different channels, which leaves the audience with four versions of the play.
premiered on September 17, 2005, Theater Tuchlaube, Aarau, Switzerland

Room II (2004)

Interactive Sound Installation, based on myths and historical accounts of the mountainous region "Valais" in the south of Switzerland.
equipped with wireless headphones, the audience follows a spiral shaped path and depending on their decision to sit down a chair or not, the visitors encounter and listen to the stories of lost souls of the underworld

then (2004)

video sound installation, with Maria Mayer and Matthias Lehmann
20 minute looping projection of a side road in lower Manhattan. The surround sound suggests events and encounters that have happened in the past in that street, two phone booths invite to listen to the memories of various people that have lived in Manhattan. An immersive environment that stimulates and triggers own memories and associations. A mingling place of everyone's memories, stories and actual events that have happened at some point, somewhere...
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