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Hagen Javier

(13. 01. 1971)

Hagen Javier
Hagen Javier
Postfach 317
CH-3900 Brig
Schweiz

Mobile: +41 (0)76 587 74 13
Internet: www.javierhagen.ch

Biography
Javier Hagen, *13. 01. 1971. Composer and singer. Born in Barcelona, studied classical singing in Zurich, Karlsruhe and Ferrara.

Javier Hagen was born in Barcelona and raised between 6 languages. He received vocal training from Roland Hermann, Alain Billard and Nicolai Gedda, and studied composition under Goebbels and Rihm in Zurich, Karlsruhe and Ferrara. He enjoys international renown as a world-class interpreter of contemporary music, has premiered over 200 works globally and performs in excess of 100 concerts per year (2012: 136) as a member of the UMS 'n JIP duo, one of the most active New Music ensembles worldwide. His oeuvre comprises 76 works, including 7 musical theatres and 38 choral works, with performances thereof across the whole of Europe, the Near East, the Americas, Australia and East Asia. Hagen has accepted invitations to lecture as a guest at the universities of Shanghai, Hong Kong, Moscow, Adelaide, Riga, Rostov, Barcelona, Paris Istanbul and Thessaloniki. He is President of the Swiss Society for Contemporary Music Valais (IGNM Switzerland), President of the International Society for Contemporary Music Valais (IGNM-VS) a board member of IGNM Switzerland, a board member of 'Swissfestivals', Director of the Swiss contemporary music festival 'forum : : wallis' and jury member of various national and international competitions. Furthermore, Hagen is a member of various commissions working on the establishment of the canton of Valais' cultural policy and also works on behalf of UNESCO on the inventory of intangible cultural heritage. Javier Hagen was nominated for "Valaisian of the Year" in 2007. In 2013, at the age of 42, he was recipient of the culture prize awarded by the Canton of Valais.


Work list
4 erzählungen von franz kafka (1997-1998)
for a singer and violin
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
2 kafkaskizzen (1999)
for a singer
Texts: Franz Kafka
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
6 bukowskiskizzen (1999)
for a singer
Texts: Charles Bukowski
Duration: 10' 00"
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3 bukowskiskizze (2000)
for a singer
Texts: Charles Bukowski
Duration: 6' 00"
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ode auf N (2000)
for piano(-pedal) and voice
Texts: Ernst Jandl
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
laut und luise (1999-2002)
for a singer
Texts: Ernst Jandl
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
nix (2001-2002)
for voice and metronome
Following Cage's lecture on nothing.
Duration: 2h 50' 00"
Manuscript
5 volkslieder (vs. shakespeare) (2002)
for soprano, baritone and violoncello
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
s'sch mr alles 1 Ding (2002)
24 cra-zy folksong arrangements
for 4 voices (SATB)
der mond ist aufgegangen; in einem kühlen grunde; s'isch mer alles ei ding; abelied; hopp, hopp, hopp, rösslein lauf galopp; der geissbüäb; wenn eine tannigi hose hett; vo lozärn uf weggis zue; lied der alpenrose; es buurebüebli mag ich nöd; luegid vo bärg und tal; die blümelein, sie schlafen; weisst du wieviel sternlein stehen; guten abend, gut nacht; am brunnen vor dem tore; heidenröslein; hab oft im kreise der lieben; o tannenbaum; zogän am bogä; o du liebs ängeli; im aargäu sind zwöi liebi; es wott es fraueli z'märit gah; alli miini äntli; dornröschen war ein schönes kind; hänsel und gretel; s'esch äbe ne mönsch uf ärde.
Duration: 70' 00"
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e.o.s.o.e (2002)
for 4 recorders and a singer
Texts: Javier Hagen, Robert Lax
Duration: 8' 00"
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apollinairefragmente (1999-2003)
for voice, vibraphone/percussion and recorder
Texts: Guillaume Apollinaire
Duration: 10' 00"
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folgen (2002-2003)
for singer and piano
Texts: Franz Mon, Martin Heidegger
Duration: 4' 00"
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tryptichon I (2002-2003)
for singer (m or f), metronome and recorders
Duration: 7' 00"
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tryptichon II (2003)
for singer (m or f) and recorders
Duration: 7' 00"
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kreise (2003)
for a singer
Material for a sound installation by Pius Morger for the exhibition of Rolf Schroeter.
Duration: 5' 00"
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im zeichen der schildkröte - drei auswege (2003)
for tenor and recorder
Texts: Bertolt Brecht
Duration: 7' 30"
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gebet XXI (2003)
for female choir
Texts: Hannes Taugwalder
First prize at the International Competition for Composition of the Swiss Choir Association 2004.
Duration: 3' 00"
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s.o.y.f. (2003)
for 4 singers (SATB, also spoken)
Texts: Wolfgang Willaschek, Ulrike Meinhof
Duration: 13' 00"
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orchestral patterns I (2003)
for large orchestra (1.1.1.1/3.3.3.0/perc/str)
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
about silence... (2003-2004)
for 4 voices SATB or ATBarB
Texts: Robert Lax
Duration: 20' 00"
Manuscript
55 minuten (2003-2004)
for four mixed voices (sung/spoken)
Texts: John Cage
Duration: 55' 00"
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orchestral patterns II (2004)
for large orchestra (1.1.1.1/3.3.3.0/perc/str)
Duration: 20' 00"
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musik zu 'top dogs' (2004)
Three musical scenes
for 8-10 singing actors
Duration: 15' 00"
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warm up (2004)
Scenes
for 3 musicians (m or f singer, harp, percussion)
Duration: 40' 00"
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brass patterns I (2004)
for wind quintet (hn, tpt-c, tpt-b, tbn, tba)
Duration: 6' 00"
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brass patterns II (2004)
for wind quintet (hn, tpt-c, tpt-b, tbn, tba)
Duration: 5' 00"
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das hässliche entlein (2004)
Chamber opera
Texts: Doris Dörrie
Voices: SSSMezMezActTB
Chamber orchestra: 1.1.1.0/1.1.0.0/acn.vib/str)
Duration: 70' 00"
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Overture from the chamber opera 'das hässliche entlein' (2004)
for chamber orchestra (1.1.1.0/1.1.0.0/acn.vib/str)
Duration: 4' 00"
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verwandlungsmusik aus der kammeroper 'das hässliche entlein' (2004)
for chamber orchestra (1.1.1.0/1.1.0.0/acn.vib/str)
Duration: 5' 00"
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string quartett I (2004)
Duration: 20' 00"
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H20 (2005)
Ballet - electronic composition
Duration: 30' 00"
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dirty dishes (2005)
Installation/samples/live-mix/'luegid vo bärg und tal' arranged for an ensemble of actors to the piece for theatre bearing the same title by nick whitby.
Duration: 2h 00"
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Im Spiel - Sushi spät-er Trotz- den Ge- danken (2005)
installation (photographic works/computer graphics/audio samples)
In collaboration with Gisela-Ethaner Schelble for the 'Regionale Basel' 05/06.
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dr geissbüäb - s'heimatderfji (2006)
polymetric folksong arrangements
for equal voices SAA/SSAA
Duration: 7' 00"
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narrenlieder (2006)
4 jester's songs and two scenic music pieces to Shakespeare's 'King Lear'
for singing actor, percussion and mouth organ
Texts: William Shakespeare
Duration: 20' 00"
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pater noster à 4 (2006)
for choir (SATB)
Duration: 5' 00"-7' 30"
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ave maria à 3 (2006)
for choir (SAB)
Duration: 3' 00"
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tableaux (2006)
for playback CD and guitar
Duration: 10' 00"
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sax quartet (2006)
for s, a, t and bar saxophones
Duration: 20' 00"
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jetzt ist alles - alles ist jetzt (2005)
installation (DVD)
Collaborative work with Gisela-Ethaner Schelble.
Duration: 4' 45"
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pater noster à 12 (2007)
for 12 part vocal ensemble (3S3A3T3B)
Duration: 20' 00"
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p.h. werte (2007)
for amplified recorder, amplified voice and playback CD
Text: Homer, newspaper announcements.
Duration: 10' 00"
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mondnacht (2007)
for choir (SATB)
Texts: Matthias Claudius
Duration: 4' 00"
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news part I (2007)
for three-part choir (SAB)
Text: newspaper announcements.
Duration: 8' 00"
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string quartett II (2007)
Duration: 15' 00"
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en-enem (2007)
Trio
for singer, 2 recorders and playback CD
Text taken from newspaper advertisements.
Duration: 8' 30"
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yuletide modules (a solis ortus cardine) (2007)
for 5 part choir (SAATB) and 2 variable instrumental groups (2 x 3 instruments ad lib.)
Texts: Sedulius
Duration: 5' 00"
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vergine madre, figlia del tuo figlio (2007)
for choir (SATB)
Texts: Dante Alighieri
Duration: 8' 15"
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sermone (2007)
Installation (DVD)
Duration: 3' 45"
Manuscript
five frozen embryos (2007)
Installation
Playback CD for the theater piece bearing the same name by David Greenspan.
Duration: 1' 00"
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Sonett VI ("Se la mia vita dall' aspro tormento") (2008)
for four-part choir
Texts: Petrarca
Duration: 4' 00"
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123.08 (2008)
for playback CD, recorder & countertenor (both amplified)
Texts: newspaper advertisements.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Alli miini Äntli / Lüegid vo Bärg und Tal (2008)
2 folksong arrangements
for three-part choir and solo voice
Duration: 4' 00"
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don qvixote readymade (2008)
for countertenor, electric guitar, double bass, electronics & playback CD
Texts: Miguel de Cervantes
German and Spanish version.
Duration: 8' 00"
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ONE (2008)
Chamber opera
Texts: Kafka; Breitenmoser; Brecht; UMS 'n JIP
Musical theatre with new music for voice, recorder and electronics.
One man, two obsessions: women and cars. A red circle on an empty black stage. 100 toy cars. She inside the circle, he outside. A suggestive and entertaining evening about existential loneliness and the craving for unity of the two sexes. German original language with English and French subtitles.
Duration: abendfüllend
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TWO (2009)
Chamber opera
Texts: UMS 'N JIP
TWO - electropop chamber orchestra/musical theatre featuring works for voice, recorder and electronics by UMS 'n JIP.
Inspired by texts taken from "20 Minuten", UMS and JIP created a chamber opera in collaboration with director Wolfgang Beuschel and artist Gisela-Ethaner Schelble. Together they amalgamised elaborate music, everyday situations and texts about the latest Vatikan scandal, simulated cyber attacks on American chemical companies and quotes from the small ads to form extremely dense and absurd jokes. With a wink and a nudge, the artists take the audience on a journey into an unpredictable cosmos where strange is the norm and the wackiness of being comforting: Normality is unique.
Duration: abendfüllend
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Shakti (2009)
for voice, recorder and electronics
Duration: 8' 00"
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THREE (2010)
Electropop chamber opera
for male singer, recorder, live electronics & playback CD
Texts: UMS 'n JIP
Duration: 64' 00"
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ringacker mobiles (2010)
for live electronics & solo voice
Texts: Javier Hagen
This composition for live electronics and voice serves technoid elements and extremes of register beyond the range of speech in the bass and descant range. Its construction is like a linked mobile rich in motives that reacts to the slightest temporal displacement in the recitation of the text. Working primarily on the auditory threshold, the sophisticated Genelec-LPS-System disseminates a sculptural and chamber music-like sound image across the whole frequency band. Ringacker mobiles metaphorically create an edgy counterpoint to the deceptive idyll found in Hoppe's narratives. A total of 9 channels (5 MIDI channels, two of which are played live, and 4 audio channels with pre-fabricated material) are mixed live following a constructivistic composition sketch and punctuated with 7 sung intermezzi. They create rooms of travel, childhood and natural experience associations - or they bring the listener back to reality with periodic, mischievously absurd distortions (excerpts from newspaper reports, falsetto voices, language tituration).
Duration: 74' 00"
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enigma (2010)
for string orchestra
Duration: 5' 00"
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alli miini äntli (2011)
Arrangement
for female chorus
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
FOUR (2011)
Chamber opera
for male singer, recorder, violin, live electronics
Texts: Gisela-Ethaner Schelble, Eduard Mörike
Duration: 70' 00"
Manuscript
cdnnns-aioo (2011)
Canon in two
for string orchestra
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
modul >> 1.1 (2011)
Duo
for playback CD, recorder & tenor/countertenor
Texts: Eduard Mörike
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
>> 1.2 (2011)
Solo
for subbass recorder and playback CD
Duration: 7' 00"
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luegid vo bärg und tal (2011)
Arrangement
for female choir
Duration: 3' 00"
Manuscript
3XPG (2012)
Actions
for 3 players, plastic sheeting and live playback
Duration: 12' 00"
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Repertory
Georges Aperghis: Récitations pour une voix seule
Luciano Berio: Sequenza per una voce sola
John Cage: Lecture on nothing für einen Sprecher
Mischa Käser: es dünkt mein härz mich lang chli färn for three vocalists, percussion, break-dancer, mechanical animals and electronic tape
Hans Ulrich Lehmann: "Sprich..." for altus (alto) and recorder
Daniel Mouthon: Air à l'en verre Musiktheater
Stefan Pohlit: Sinfonia da camera
Maria Porten: lebelight für Tenor, Blockflöten und Tonband
Aribert Reimann: Nachtstück für Klavier und Gesang
Christoph Markus Schiller: eismeer for speaker, three singers, male voice and ensemble, orchestra (4.2.2.1.sx/2.2.1.1/pf[=hpd]/gtr[=egtr]/perc/6.6.5.5.3) and electronic tape
Annette Schmucki: mein Lied für Altus und Violine
Johannes S. Sistermanns: Auto-Auto-Auto für 3 Sänger und Cabriolet
Patrick Sutardjo: nexus für Countertenor und Blockflötenquartett
Diskographie
The Swiss Project (part I). Contemporary Swiss Music (edition umsnjip Nr. 5, 2010)
Interpreten:
Hagen, Javier
Mayer-Spohn, Ulrike
UMS 'n JIP
Mit weiteren Werken von: Beat Gysin, Andreas Zurbriggen, Hans-Ulrich Lehmann
THREE. Electropop opera (edition umsnjip Nr. 6, 2010)
Interpreten:
Hagen, Javier
Mayer-Spohn, Ulrike
UMS 'n JIP
Werke:
Hagen, Javier: THREE (2010)
Mit weiteren Werken von: Roland Dahinden, Mischa Käser, Maria Porten
ONE. Contemporary chamber opera (UMS 'n JIP, 2009)
Interpreten:
Hagen, Javier
Mayer-Spohn, Ulrike
UMS 'n JIP
Werke:
Hagen, Javier: ONE (2008)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
The China Project (live). Contemporary &traditional Chinese music (edition umsnjip Nr. 3, 2009)
Interpreten:
Hagen, Javier
Mayer-Spohn, Ulrike
UMS 'n JIP
Mit weiteren Werken von: Deqing Wen, Huang Ruo, Du Yun, Tao Yu with Yulong Mao, Juanjuan Wang, Xu Bi
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
TWO (Ums 'n Jip, 2009)
Interpreten:
Hagen, Javier
Mayer-Spohn, Ulrike
UMS 'n JIP
Werke:
Hagen, Javier: TWO (2009)
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Maria Porten. Es war einst ein Paradies (VDE Gallo Nr. CD-1252, 2008)
Interpreten:
Hagen, Javier
Mayer-Spohn, Ulrike
UMS 'n JIP
Mit weiteren Werken von: Maria Porten
Info: www.fonoteca.ch
Ensembles