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Brigitta Muntendorf studied composition in Bremen with Younghi Paagh-Paan and in Cologne at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz with Krzysztof Meyer, Rebecca Saunders and Johannes Schöllhorn. During her studies she founded the Ensemble Garage to create an independent platform for musicians, composers and artists of different professions to develop new works and concert formats through the process of collective and cooperative rehearsing.
Brigitta Muntendorf follows in her work as a composer the vision of a music that refers through multilayered contextualization to different art forms and models of expression. She is convinced that the translation of social phenomena into music is only possible by exploring rhizomatic settings. Her interest in interactions between digital culture – which is based on a translation of real social needs – and the artificiality in pronouncing individual necessities are embodied in a wide range of musical setups.
A central role is played by an intensive compositional and scientific focus on communicative patterns: how they differ in function and consequence in the Real/Virtual Continuum and resulting questions about individuality and society. Pivotal in this research was beginning her series „Public Privacy“ for Solo Instrument, Youtuber and Electronics, which has defined „Social Composing“ as a compositional model. Brigitta Muntendorf pleads for an innate sensuality in media.
These ideas are mirrored in different musical theatre productions which she composed for the pocket opera festival Salzburg 2011-2015, as well as for the Biennale Munic ((FIGO 2016)) and ECLAT festival Stuttgart (iScream, YouScream! 2017).
In 2016 she produced in collaboration with Stephanie Thiersch the CITY DANCE Cologne, a 12- hour performance with over 500 participants, in the style of the American dancer Anna Halprin.
She has been commissioned by such diverse international festivals as Acht Brücken Festival Cologne, Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik, eclat Festival Stuttgart, Donaueschinger Musiktage, Wien modern (2018) and received many awards(Bernd Alois Zimmermann Prize, Carl von Ossietzky Prize, First Prize of the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz Cologne, Förderpreis der Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung and release of her CD “It may be all an illusion”, German Music Author’s award 2017). Residencies in Paris (Cité Internationale des Arts), Ensemble Modern Academy (Frankfurt), at the Villa Concordia in Bamberg and Villa Kamogawa Kyoto (2017) have infused her work, triggering its interdisciplinary characteristics.
In addition to her close relationship to Ensemble Garage she has collaborated with numerous ensembles (Ensemble Mosaik, Asko/Schönberg ensemble, PHACE, Calefax, Decoder ensemble, Klangforum Wien, musikFabrik or Ensemble Modern).
Brigitta Muntendorf is regularly invited to give seminars at different universities in Germany and Austria. She lives as a freelance composer and the artistic director of Ensemble Garage in Cologne and Vienna.
Social Composing (English)
in „Positionen“, n° 108 „Neuer Realismus“
More essays and articles in German are available here
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