The ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL is a group of up to 25 musicians who are dedicated to the performance of contemporary music.
The founder and conductor of the ensemble, Jürg Henneberger, has for years been regarded as a specialist for contemporary music. Each member of the ensemble has accumulated many years of
experience in this branch of musical performance and have been engaged in such productions at the Basel Theatre as 'The Unanswered Question' (Marthaler/Henneberger) and 'Der mündliche Verrat' by Mauricio Kagel. In Switzerland the ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL has, since its establishment in 1998, made a name for itself and received outstanding critics with its numerous self-productions. The ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL has given guest performances in various contemporary music and theatre productions at the Basel Theatre (1999 'Punch and Judy' by Harrison Birtwistle, 2000 'Hamlet-to sleep/no more' by Joachim Schlömer with music by Galina Ustwolskaja, 2001 'idiot' by Johannes Harneit, 2002 'Mare Nostrum' by M. Kagel with further productions in the pipeline).
In 2001 ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL gave its debut at the Lucerne Festival and realised numerous concerts within the framework of the 'Europäischen Musikmonats 2001' in Basel.
The ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL regularly performs ensemble concerts of the ISNM Basel and has been ensemble-in-residence since 2002 with its own rehearsal room and its own concert series at the 'Gare du Nord' Station for New Music in Basel. Concerts are made possible thanks to financial assistance offered by the canton of Basel City and the canton of Basel Land.
Besides participation at festivals for contemporary music at home and abroad the realisation of self-productions are becoming increasingly central to the interests of the ensemble. The ENSEMBLE PHOENIX BASEL seeks collaboration and dialogue with not only renowned but also young and still largely unknown composers of our time on a regional and international level. Numerous world-premieres and a predilection for experimental cross-border works shape the programme.
Elliott Carter: Triple Duo für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine, Violoncello, Schlagzeug und Klav
Elliott Carter: A Mirror on Which to Dwell für Sopran und Kammerensemble
Martin Jaggi: Spam für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine, Violoncello, Schlagzeug und Klav
Ursula Mamlok: Girasol für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine, Viola, Violoncello und Klavier
: Light blue, almost white
für 11 Instrumentalisten (Picc,1,0, Klar-es,2 , B-Klar,0 – 0,0,0,0 - Klav – 1,1,1,1,0)
: Phoenix 1/2/3
für 13 Instrumentalisten (1,1,1 (auch B-Klar),1 – 1,1,1,0 - Klav – 1,1,1,1,1)
Anton Webern: Symphonie, op. 21
: From the Ashes
für Ensemble (Celesta, Cembalo (verstärkt), alte synthesizer, Streichquintett (verstärkt), perkussion/Pauken, Piccolo/Altflöte/Bassflöte, es-Klarinette/Bassklarinette/Kontrabassklarinette, Posaune und Alphorn/Horn)