To conjure music into existence, the musicians surrender to the musical structures, their bodies, their brains, their movements. From here, the power of music also spreads to the bodies of those who expose themselves to the sound, penetrating and forcing its way through ears, eyes, skin.
Vollendet | Unvollendet
A concert evening with a scenic touch featuring the three musicians of uBu and singer Marie Heeschen: Unfinished songs by Schubert meet György Kurtág's "Kafka Fragmente". The fragmentary nature of the songs is contrasted with Schubert's escalating Piano Trio op. 100 in the second half of the concert.
Mutants in Music
In uBu's three-part concert series "Mutants in Music", artists and audiences are confronted with the question of how music exerts power over the human body.
Transformation, manipulation, cooperation. For this purpose, two newly created works meet in the first edition of "Mutants in Music: I. Minimal Dominion".
With “La Palanca” composer Vladimir Guicheff Bogacz wrote a piece for uBu's cast of musicians and dancers, referring to “Présence” and on the occasion of the Zimmermann Year 2018.
What happens when you give three musicians, three dancers and a costume designer the opportunity to simply do what they always wanted to do? Funded by the Reload scholarship of the Federal Cultural Foundation and the FEB programme of the Music Fund, the seven uBu members explored the thematic complexes of music and power and music and haptics in two research phases.
What does a concert hall dream of?
Winter 20/21, in Lockdown: uBu performatively explores the almost lifeless, sleeping building of the Kölner Philharmonie with short 360-degree videos between music and dance. No humming of voices from an expectant audience, no thunderous applause. What does a concert hall dream of?
In B.A. Zimmermann's absurd ballet blanc Présence for piano trio and dance, the composer has Don Quijotte, Molly Bloom and Roi uBu - the ensemble's namesake - meet, three figures from world literature, each of whom is assigned to the instruments of the trio. With verses from poems by Paul Pörtner and with musical quotations rich in references, presented by a silent "speaker", Présence unfolds an enigmatic web of references, that either lead into the void or can be linked and spun further in the imagination of the listeners.