hand werk spielt Premiere meines neuen Quartetts / hand werk plays premiere of new piece for @ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln 12.04.2014
Mittwoch/Wednesday, 30. April 2014, 18 Uhr/6pm, The New Yorker | Dock one,
Hafenstraße 1, 51063 Köln-Deutz

The very committed musicians of Cologne based ensemble "hand werk" (Daniel Agi, Heather Roche, Stefanie Van Backlé, Niklas Seidl, Jens Ruland, Christoph Stöber) play the premiere of my new piece "aldiladellaldiqua" that was commissioned by the @ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln festival.

The festival's motto this year is "Im Puls" (in the pulse), and, putting new music's mainstreams aside, the piece plays, in an undogmatic way, with illusionary rhythms placing a strong focus on the harmonic aspect.

The programme contains also great music by Enno Poppe (Piano Trio "Trauben"), Masahiro Miwa, Sergej Maingardt, Timothy McCormack

Harald Muenz: aldiladellaldiqua (2014, Uraufführung / World Premiere) für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine und Violoncello
»Raus auf die Straße! Luft! ¡A la calle! ¡Fuera!« goes Buenos Aires ... 19.11.2013
Argentinian premieres of
Harald Muenz (Musik) / Florian Neuner (Text): »Raus auf die Straße! Luft! ¡A la calle! ¡Fuera!« (2012-13):
- "Satellit 1" & "Abendstück",
Tuesday 26/11/2013, 21.00, Sala Casacuberta, Teatro San Martin
Thursday 28/11/2013, 19.00, Usina de Arte

See you in Argentina!!
Kompositionsauftrag für hand werk für Festival Acht Brücken 2014 26.08.2013
Looking forward to collaborating with hand werk for a commission towards the upcoming edition of Cologne's festival 8 Brücken!!!
Premiere of my new microtonal piece "stein-sum" 25.11.2012
I am excited to have finished stein-sum, my first microtonal piece, which makes extensive use of overtone spectra. I wrote it for the renowned Amsterdam based specialists of Trio Scordatura (Alfrun Schmidt, Elisabeth Smalt, Keiko Shichijo who will play the keyboard for Bob Gilmore who commissioned the piece) who will play it for the first time on February 1 in Hamburg's Kampnagelfabrik alongside pieces by Harry Partch, James Tenney, and others. The concert starts at 7.30pm and will be repeated exactly one week later, on Friday 08/02, in Cologne's St Peter.
>>schönes klavierstück<< at Belgium's World Music Days 12.10.2012
Ian Pace will interpret my >>schönes klavierstück<< in his Piano Recital as part of the Transit New Music Festival / ISCM World Music Days on Saturday, 27 October at 2pm in Leuven's Stuk.
BeethovEnBloc - finally released on CD! 04.08.2012
My piece BeethovEnBloc (2000),
a 9'26'' superimposition of all 37 movements of Beethoven's nine symphonies,
has now been released on the CD BROKEN BEETHOVEN in seven parts by the İstanbul based label Müzik Hayvanı.

The CD comprises the following seven tracks:

hans w. koch: unheiliger undankgesang
Wolfgang Liebhart: Bazaar Viennoise
Stefan Fricke: LvB
Alper Maral: 1-32
Johannes S. Sistermanns: Ludwig japonaise
Andreas Wagner: Manga
Harald Muenz: BeethovEnBloc
Porträt-CD: Rezensionen von Max Nyffeler (nmz) und Torsten Möller (NZ) 26.03.2012
Cage tribute "durch die vögel" (Muenz/Neuner) being broadcast 16.03.2012
On Saturday 05.05.2012, 23.05, hr2-kultur, "The Artist's Corner"
will broadcast the collaborative radiophonic composition
durch die vögel (2011)
A speech soundscape for John Cage by Harald Muenz (composition) and Florian Neuner (text).
Realisation: Harald Muenz
Voices: John Cage, Jörg Gruneberg, Urs Jaeggi, Bruni Muenz, Harald Muenz, Florian Neuner, Sigrid Sachse, Christian Steinbacher, Liesl Ujvary
This 24-minute John Cage tribute was commissioned by Hessischer Rundfunk (Producer: Stefan Fricke) for their series "The Artist's Corner", and was created together with the berlin based poet Florian Neuner. It uses snippets of 700 different outdoor recordings as well as textual excerpts from Cage's "for the birds" that were recorded with eight speakers.
A live stream is available on: www.hr2.de
sprechbohrer's Fa:m' Ahniesgwow has won Quarterly German Record Critics’ Award 21.09.2011
Our sprechbohrer recording of Hans G Helms's legendary speech artwork "Fa:m' Ahniesgwow" has been awarded the quarterly German Record Critics’ Award ("Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik") 03/2011 by the independent jury.
The box with two CDs and a 64-pages booklet has been published by Wergo (WER 63142).
Portrait concerts with ensemble mosaik ... 14.05.2011
... in Cologne and Frankfurt as well as our CD recording at
Hessischer Rundfunk/hr2 Kultur were running in a serendipitous atmosphere.
ensemble mosaik was excellently prepared - as always -, and the recording staff in Frankfurt was very cooperative and competent.

So this really felt like felicitous days among friends!

We are all looking forward to the CD and to the third portrait concert on
Dec 16 in Berlin's Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt

These were the wonderful musicians of ensemble mosaik (Berlin): Bettina Junge - flutes, Christian Vogel - clarinets, Chatschatur Kanajan - violin, Mathis Mayr - violoncello, Ernst Surberg - piano, Roland Neffe – percussion, Franka Herwig - accordion.

The following pieces of mine were performed and recorded:
nearly – fast (2008) für Bassklarinette, Marimbaphon und Klavier
data compression (2009) für Violine und Akkordeon
fein ... auflösend (2010-11, UA) für Flöte, Klarinette, Violoncello und Klavier, Kompositionsauftrag der Kunststiftung NRW
schönes klavierstück (2006)
dietro V avanti (2006/7) für Flöte, Klarinette, Violine, Violoncello, Vibraphon und Klavier

Wednesday, 25 May 2011, Alte Feuerwache, 50670 Köln/Cologne, Melchiorstr. 3, 8pm
Thursday, 26 May 2011, Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Künste Frankfurt, Kleiner Konzertsaal, Eschersheimer Landstraße 29-39, 60322 Frankfurt am Main, 8pm

The CD will appear at Coviello Contemporary later this year. Stefan Fricke and Rainer Nonnenmann were conducting talks with me in the intervals of the concerts.

Concerts and CD are only possible because of the generous support by
Kunststiftung NRW and
Kulturamt Köln - Musikreferat.

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