To describe Ensemble Vortex as whirlwind is a useful pleonasm, because it emphasises the extreme concentric mobility of an enterprising team of young performers and composers who are globally trained in most of the homologated musical practices, in the service of a sustained policy of creation. Hence the observation that Vortex has a continuously expanding repertoire: more than a hundred works commissioned and created to date. At the source of this innovative effervescence was the 2005 meeting of a dozen young musicians from here and elsewhere (Switzerland, Europe, Latin America) from the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, in particular from the composition class of Eric Gaudibert, whose intense and generous personality accompanied the adventurous development of Vortex until his own death in 2012.
By sharpening its mastery of current modes of musical writing and production, including digital and electroacoustic technology, Vortex has only confirmed its original commitment to stylistic openness. The ensemble is favoured by the individual or collective collaboration of its members with other ensembles and forms of expression: improvisation, jazz, ethnomusic, dance, theatre, installations, radio. Several Vortexians have skills in visual arts, and a persistent interest in multimedia experimentation has stimulated this desire to vary the musical gesture and to broaden its applications.
Such an approach, methodically pursued, is obviously the result of the general evolution of artistic action. From one event to the next, it allows Vortex to diversify its reference points, to emulate, and to create and renew opportunities for active convergence with potential partners, musicians or not. Soloists and guest groups contribute to the density of concerts, especially in Geneva where, in the course of seasons that are often broadcast, the ensemble regularly participates in the spring meetings of the Archipel festival. But also in other centres of cultural activity in Switzerland and in countries near and far: from Lausanne to Basel, Bern and Bordeaux, from La Rochelle to Melbourne, from Brisbane to Lisbon and Saint Petersburg, from Amsterdam to Buenos Aires. Developments to follow.
More about this project
Apophänie ; Rama Gottfried – Ensemble Vortex (2020)
Tulpa ; Arturo Corrales – Ensemble Vortex (2019)
The Love Letters? ; Daniel Zea – Ensemble Vortex (2018)
Interlude ; Fernando Garnero – Ensemble Vortex (2018)
Festival d’Automne de Varsovie ; Ensemble Vortex (2020)
Composers' Next Generation 2021
Residency project and interdisciplinary artistic creation with Ensemble Vortex
In 2021, Ensemble Vortex proposes the fourth edition of this innovative experiment in sound creation, developed with the support of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, in partnership with the Fondation L’Abri and the Festival Archipel de Genève. Five young sound artists will be selected for three intense work sessions, spread over a year, in close collaboration with Vortex instrumentalists and composers. The works produced during this period may take a variety of forms: musical composition, sound installation, performance, musical theatre and other hybrid creations involving sound.
Why did we join CINC?
<< CINC‘s proposal resonates with our approach to artistic practice through the experience of the collective, offers us an alternative virtual sharing space to the concentrated social networks, and a working tool that has a great potential of usefulness in several areas that interest us (creation of networks between independent cultural actors, direct links between research and creation, dissemination of our approach among a non-specialized public, sharing and knowledge of the experiences of other multicultural and multilingual collectives, intermediality). >>
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