Artistic direction

Ensemble sprechbohrer (c) Natalia Reich 2021

The Cologne-based speech art trio sprechbohrer (Sigrid Sachse, Harald Muenz, Georg Sachse) was founded in 2004 to perform texts from a musical perspective, situated between music, phonetics and literature. All three members of the ensemble are established musicians. Their diverse experiences in the areas of composing and interpreting, literature and phonetics, flow together in the ensemble work of sprechbohrer and complement each other into a singular, transgressive, multilingual approach. The ensemble has been working in consultation with authors on works at the threshold of language and music for many years. Through such a direct cooperation, an interpretational authenticity can be reached. As an example one can name the integral overall execution and CD-production of Hans G Helms’ Fa:m’ Ahniesgwow, made possible by Art Foundation NRW and Hesse Broadcasting (Hessischer Rundfunk), its release was among others even awarded the German Record Critics’ Award. 2014 the ensemble put forward a CD with works by Kurt Schwitters (Ursonate and other consequential poetry). Sprechbohrer worked with many composers of various generations, such as Stefan Streich, hans w. koch, Hans Peter Reutter, Peter Behrendsen or also often with Gerhard Rühm.

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Florian Neuner (c) Natalia Reich 2021

Florian Neuner will take on the literary perspective within the artistic direction. Florian Neuner was born 1972 in Wels/Oberösterreich and has been living as an author in Berlin since 1995. Together with Ralph Kelver he publishes the journal Idiome. Hefte für Neue Prosa, dedicated to advanced prose beyond narrative clichés. He is member of the Linz Association of Artists MAERZ, where he is in charge of the series maerz_sprachkunst. He developed his apparatus for „literary city research“ in the Ruhr area. Currently he is involved with socialist city-utopias between Eisenhüttenstadt and Pyongyang. As publisher his focus lies in New Music. Transdisciplinary cooperations with composers such as Christoph Herndler and Harald Muenz. Various accolades with awards and stipends.