Exchange Greats: 2013

With Exchange Greats Antares Project brings together new sounds, young composers, and enthusiastic audiences in a direct exchange of American and European culture. Commissions from German innovator Gordon Kampe, American inventor Stephan Moore, and Swiss composer Michael Heisch are the cornerstone of the program, along with music from Nadir Vassena. Gordon Kampe combines ragtime, contact mics, and kitchen spoons for a raucous ride while Stephan Moore marries technology with live interpretation, creating a dynamic (and disappearing!) score that is generated anew for each performance. Our commission from Michael Heisch is still being realized – knowing his work we look forward to a thoughtful and visceral score.

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Gordon Kampe
Gordon Kampe

Gordon Kampe was born in Herne in 1976. After completing an apprenticeship as an electrician he studied composition with Hans-Joachim Hespos and Adriana Hölszky at Rostock University of Music and Theatre and with Nicolaus A. Huber at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen. He also studied musicology and history at the Ruhr University in Bochum, where he took his doctorate with a dissertation on 20th-century fairy-tale operas. Since 2009 he has been a scholarly assistant at the Folkwang University. He has received many awards and distinctions, including the Folkwang Prize, the Franz Liszt Prize, a grant from the Darmstädter Ferienkurse and the Stuttgart Composition Prize 2007 and 2011. He has also been awarded scholarships Berlin Academy of the Arts and grants-in-aid inter alia from the Cité des Arts (Paris) and the Schreyahn Künstlerhof.

Stephan Moore

Stephan Moore is a composer, improvisor, audio artist, sound designer, teacher, and curator based in Brooklyn and Providence. His creative work currently manifests as electronic studio compositions, solo and group improvisations, sound installation works, scores for collaborative performance pieces, and sound designs for unusual circumstances. Evidence, his long-standing project with Scott Smallwood, has performed widely and released several recordings over the past decade. He also performs with the improvisation quartets Bumpr and Volume(n), and is a frequent collaborator with the performance groups The Nerve Tank and a canary torsi. Upcoming sound installation exhibitions include the Constellation Center (Boston), The Granoff Center for the Arts (Providence) and the Tang Museum (Skidmore College). His company, Isobel Audio, produces unique Hemisphere speakers for electronic music and sound design. Since receiving an MFA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2003, where he studied with Pauline Oliveros and Curtis Bahn, he has created custom music software for a number of composers and artists, and taught workshops and numerous college-level courses in composition, programming, sound art and electronic music. He is a curator at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, where he also serves on the Art Advisory Board. From late 2004 to mid-2010, he performed over 250 concerts with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, serving as a touring musician, sound engineer, and music coordinator.

Michael Heisch

Michael Heisch

Michael Heisch was born in Schaffhausen, Switzerland and currently lives and works in Zurich. After attending an introductory course at the “Schule für Gestaltung” [School for Design] in Romanshorn, he studied composition at the Music Academy in Zürich-Winterthur (Mathias Steinauer, Johannes Schöllhorn) and music theory with Martin Neukom and Christian Bänninger.  He was inspired and introduced to electronic music by Martin Neukom and later studied with Gerald Bennett. In 1998 Michael Heisch received an award from Concorso Internationale “Luigi Russolo” in Varese, Italy for “Edison”, an electro-acoustic composition. He was a member of the Executive Board of IGNM Zurich from 2001 to 2011; Heisch’s publications – texts about culture and music – have appeared various media. He can be heard as a double-bass player in various ensembles. Michael Heisch was commissioned by the “Schweizerische Tonkünstlerverein” [Association of Swiss Musicians] for the Tonkünstler Festival in Lugano, Switzerland in 2003. His various activities include the visual arts with group exhibitions in Australia, Europe, Japan, Canada and the United States.

Nadir Vassena was born in 1970 in Balerna, Switzerland. He studied composition with Bruno Zanolini and Johannes Schöllhorn in Freiburg im Breisgau. In 1993, he was selected for participation in the composition course at Royaumont (France) given by Brian Ferryhough. Nadir Vassena has been invited to numerous international festivals and has won many prizes for his compositions such as the 1992 WDR/Cologne (West German radio) competition, the 1994 prize awarded by the Institut für Neue Musik of the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin, and the 1997 Mozart Competition in Salzburg. From 1996 to 2000 his compositions were selected every year for performance during Gaudeamus Week in Amsterdam. In 1999, he won the Christoph Deltz Foundation prize and in 2000 he was awarded a bursary by the Akadademie Schloss-Solitude in Stuttgart. In 2002/2003 he was a member of the Swiss Institute in Rome. For several years he has worked with the Association Oggimusica and has been Artistic Director, together with Mats Scheidegger, of the Tage für Neue Musik in Zürich since 2004. From 2001 to 2005 he was on the board of the Association of Swiss Musicians. Nadir Vassena teaches composition and analysis at the Conservatorio della Svizzera italiana, where he is also a member of the Direction of the school.


We are excited to announce our next commission from composer Stephan Moore, to be performed in Spring 2013.