© 2019 Christopher Collings
photographs by Katie Clark

PERFORMANCES

Eröffnung Monheim Triennale mit dem EOS Kammerorchester

July 1 2020

Die Monheim Triennale wird am 1. Juli 2020 mit einer Auftragskomposition von Marcus Schmickler eröffnet. Der Komponist inszeniert ein Open-Air-Konzert auf beiden Seiten des Rheins mit dem er das Verhältnis von nah und fern in Musik, Text und Performance auslotet. „Es geht mir dabei um das Verhältnis der Protagonisten zu Geld, Macht, Liebe, Mitmenschlichkeit und Ökologie, vergleichbar mit klassischen Stoffen wie Faust oder Der Ring des Nibelungen. In meinem Entwurf einer Rheinlandschaft werden am Vorabend zur ersten Edition der Monheim Triennale thematische Aspekte des gesamten Festivals vorbereitet und als Fragen an das Festival und die Bürgerinnen und Bürger der Stadt gestellt.“

Father and Son Baking

Monheim

 

 

PAST

PERFORMANCES

Premiere 'Sound Steps'

Museum Voorlinden, Den Haag

The Kaolin Trio will premiere Christopher's new trio piece 'Sound Steps' written for this occasion.

January 6 2020

Research Concert Cycle

Studio Loos, Den Haag

All the things no one told you about trumpet playing

September 28 2019

Garden Concert

Casa Collings, Solingen

Garden Concert at Casa Collings

August 20 2019

aus Licht part 3

Gashouder Amsterdam

Highlights from DIENSTAG aus LICHT, MITTWOCH aus LICHT and SONNTAG aus LICHT can be seen in the third part. For instance, INVASION-EXPLOSION, an overwhelming, electronic sound world in which the conflict between Michael and Lucifer is settled. This is followed by WELT-PARLAMENT, ORCHESTER-FINALISTEN and HELIKOPTER-STREICHQUARTETT, and visions of cosmic cooperation are shown. Both the Nederlands Kamerkoor and Cappella Amsterdam perform. Four string players perform high above Amsterdam from helicopters. This part is not to be missed by anyone who wants to see why Stockhausen was the greatest avant-garde composer of the previous century.

June 2, June 6, June 10 2019

aus Licht part 2

Gashouder Amsterdam

The second part of aus LICHT starts with the appropriate bombast and grandeur. Lucifer appears on stage, accompanied by fanfare, ringing of bells, fairy tale percussion and an eightymen orchestra. In three compositions from SAMSTAG aus LICHT (SAMSTAGS-GRUSS, KATHINKAs GESANG als LUZIFERs REQUIEM and LUZIFERs TANZ) Lucifer takes form and is challenged by Michael. The atmosphere changes completely after this mythical battle, with Eve as the central figure in four compositions from MONTAG aus LICHT. Three children’s choirs emphasise her role as the creator of life. It ends with the scenes DER KINDERFÄNGER and ENTFÜHRUNG, Stockhausen’s version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.

June 1, June 5, June 9 2019

aus Licht Part 1

Gashouder Amsterdam

Archangel Michael is the central figure in the first part of aus LICHT, which consists of scenes from DONNERSTAG aus LICHT. This is the shortest and most narrative of the three parts of aus LICHT. It includes MICHAELs JUGEND and MICHAELs REISE UM DIE ERDE – about Michael’s childhood with a mentally-ill mother and a father who cannot cope with life, his life-changing discovery of music and his cosmic journey in search of Eve. Michael, Lucifer and Eve appear in various forms: as singers, dancers and basset-horn, trompet and trombone players. The audience is immersed in a monumental musical universe with the electronic work UNSICHTBARE CHÖRE as the epilogue, played over eight speakers surrounding the audience.

May 31, June 4, June 8 2019

Moderne Muziek Nijmegen

Galerie Marzee

De controversiële gelauwerde en verguisde Duitse componist Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928–2007) is een van de meest prominente en innovatieve vertegenwoordigers van de 20e eeuwse muziek. Hij componeerde tussen 1977 en 2003 een cyclus van 7 opera’s onder de naam LICHT : de zeven dagen van de week, waarin drie archetypische karakters Michael, Lucifer en Eva gedurende de zeven dagen van de week verschillende culturen vertegenwoordigen. De inspiratie was zijn joods-christelijke achtergrond, de Japanse cultuur en het boek Urantia. De impact van zijn opera’s is enorm en tal van scene’s zijn ook buiten de wereld van de opera bekend, zoals zijn ‘Helikopter Strijkkwartet’ waarin een strijkkwartet in vier verschillende helicopters speelt, en de muziek gesynchroniseerd door luidsprekers naar de concertzaal overgedragen wordt. Stockhausens invloed overschrijdt de reguliere avant-garde muziek en grenst aan jazz (Miles Davis), rock (Frank Zappa) en zelfs pop. Zijn gezicht staat op de cover van Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

March 17 2019

New Light

Lourdeskerk Scheveningen

Curated and performed by students of the aus LICHT Masters and Early Music Department of the Royal Conservatory The Hague, “New Light” is a natural trumpet concert that spans centuries of repertoire. We will present standards of the natural trumpet canon, as well as modern pieces and two premieres by Anna-Louise Walton and Christopher Collings. This performance will be unique and immersive for the audience. Join us in Lourdeskerk for this overtone experience.

March 3 2019

Oh-Ton Ensemble

Oldenburg, theater wrede+ & Leer, Kulturspeicher

Werke von Anton Webern, Iannis Xenakis, Karin Haußmann, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown und Michael Reudenbach unter der Leitung von Ekkehard Windrich

February 8 & 9 2019