New Music + Electronics, Genève
– The Vortex Ensemble is a group of composers and musicians who work in Geneva. Out of a shared wish to create and present contemporary serious...Read Biography
The Vortex Ensemble is a group of composers and musicians who work in Geneva. Out of a shared wish to create and present contemporary serious music, eleven professional musicians of African, Latin-American and European origin created an association in 2005 and organized a series of concerts. Success, the fruit of hard work of talented composers and highly professional musicians, was immediate. Since then the Ensemble has been organizing in each season three concerts where members present their new creations as well as three other concerts where they play pieces from their repertoire. Each event provides an opportunity to commission the composition of new music by various composers of different artistic directions. The group makes every effort to support young talents: they play new works of emerging composers at every concert. The work of Vortex combines the latest composition techniques with the diffusion of sound in space. Work with electroacoustic music is integral part of the creative process.
Every concert program includes pieces of acoustic, mixed and purely electronic music. The Vortex Ensemble has firmly established itself on the contemporary musical scene of Europe. It was invited to perform by the Foundation Royaumont of France, the STEIM of the Netherlands, the Festival Archipel of Switzerland, the Festivals of Contemporary Music of Santiago and La Sernena, as well as Buenos Aires, Argentina. It collaborates with such highly prestigious ensembles as the Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart, the Ensemble Mondrian of Basel, or the Collectif CH.AU of Lausanne and in 2012 for the first time with the Ensemble Phoenix of Basel. The Ensemble Vortex is supported by the City and Canton of Geneva, the Loterie Romande, the Fondation Nicati-de Luze and the Fondation Nestle pour l'Art.