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.
myCAGE - Konzert der KGNM zum 100. Geburtstag von ... 25.11.2012
Our collaborative radiophonic composition for John Cage called
durch die vögel (2011)
by Harald Muenz (composition) and Florian Neuner (text) will be performed in its quadraphonic version at Kunst-Station Sankt Peter on 14 December.
This 24-minute speech soundscape was commissioned as a tribute to John Cage 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.
Realisation: Harald Muenz
Voices: John Cage, Jörg Gruneberg, Urs Jaeggi, Bruni Muenz, Harald Muenz, Florian Neuner, Sigrid Sachse, Christian Steinbacher, Liesl Ujvary
>>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
Muenz portrait CD now out... 23.10.2011
My portrait CD with five recent chamber music compositions has now been released
by Coviello Contemporary.

nearly – fast (2008) for clarinet, marimba and piano
data compression (2009) for violin and accordion
fein ... auflösend (2010-11) for flute, clarinet, cello and piano, Commissioned by Kunststiftung NRW
schönes klavierstück (2006) for piano
dietro V avanti (2006/7) for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, vibraphone and piano


A big, big thank you to everybody who helped making this a real great CD:

ensemble mosaik: Bettina Junge (fl), Ernst Surberg (pi), Christian Vogel (cl), Chatschatur Kanajan (vl), Mathis Mayr (vc), Roland Neffe (perc), Franka Herwig (acc)

Stefan Fricke (Hessischer Rundfunk)

Kunststiftung NRW

Kulturamt Cologne

Christoph Claßen (sound engineer)

Bob Gilmore (programme note)

Coviello: Moritz Bergfeld & Olaf Mielke
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.
My "unashamed" piano duo brought back to Cologne... 30.01.2011
>>unashamed piano playing<<, my piano duo, which was just premiered by the duo Jennifer Hymer and Bernhard Fograscher in Hamburg's Kampnagelfabrik at the klub katarakt festival, will have its second performance in Cologne @ Alte Feuerwache on April 16 - see on stage...

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