DENIS SCHULER

COMPOSER & CURATOR

 

NEWS

Events

2016

04.10

World premiere of a new composition commissioned by the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. Arie Van Beek, conductor. BFM - Geneva, Switzerland

01.10

Workshop with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra. Heim Foundation, Chambesy, Switzerland

20.06

Cathy Krier plays L'autre rivage, for piano. Townhall, Birmingham, UK

17.06

Cathy Krier plays L'autre rivage, for piano. Musikverein, Wien, Austria

25.05

The Glass Farm Ensemble plays 1444, for violin and piano. US premiere. Symphony Space, New York, USA - 8PM

14.05

Cathy Krier plays L'autre rivage, for piano. Casa da música, Porto, Portugal

07.05

Curating In C - Lounge along with Béatrice Zawodnik. Spatialized music&lounge. An Ensemble Vide production in the ARCOOP building, Geneva, Switzerland - 8:30PM

09.04

Curating Métamorphoses along with Béatrice Zawodnik. Spatialized music. An Ensemble Vide production in the ARCOOP building, Geneva, Switzerland - 8:30PM

11.02

UMS'n JIP & Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble play Wide Invisible Sky. Druckereihalle im Ackermannshof, Basel, Switzerland

10.02

UMS'n JIP & Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble play Wide Invisible Sky. Walcheturm, Zurich, Switzerland - 8PM

10.02

Cathy Krier plays L'autre rivage, for piano. Palau de la musica, Barcelona, Spain

06.02

UMS'n JIP & Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble play Wide Invisible Sky. New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia - 7PM

05.02

World Premiere of Wide Invisible Sky, for Flute, Recorder, Bass Clarinet, Voice, violin and Cello. UMS'n JIP & Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble. National Center for Contemporary Arts, Moskow, Russia - 7:30PM

28.01

Cathy Krier plays L'autre rivage, for piano. Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Germany

26.01

Cathy Krier plays L'autre rivage, for piano. Philharmonie Luxembourg

16.01

Cathy Krier plays L'autre rivage, for piano. The Sage, Gateshead, UK

08.01 - 09.01

The Ensemble Phoenix Basel plays Laa, Muzik-Akademie Basel, Switzerland

04.01

Cathy Krier plays L'autre rivage, for piano. Philharmonie de Paris, France

 

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009


NEWS

Denis Schuler portrait
 © Daphne Bengoa
Compositions

Six years after the first commission: second collaboration with the Geneva Chamber Orchestra! New composition to be premiered on October 4, 2016, at the BFM, Geneva. Conductor: Arie Van Beek. 17.02.16


After postponing the project! World premiere of Laa, new piece commissioned and played by the Ensemble Phoenix Basel along with eNsemble Proarte in the Alexandrinsy Theater, St Petersburg, Russia, December 14, 2015. Russian & Swiss Tour in December and January 2016. 01.12.15


New commission from Duo Artos, for marimba and violin. World premiere in Switzerland, October 2015. 25.08.15


New collaboration and commission from the duo UMS'n JIP, in collaboration with the Moskow Contemporary Music Ensemble. World premiere in Moskow, February, 2016. 27.07.15


New collaboration with the pianist and soloist Cathy Krier. Writing a new piece for piano commissioned by the Philharmonie du Luxembourg. World premiere in fall 2015. 19.01.15


Working with Klangbox (Switzerland) on a special project involving fashion designers and composers. Four performers/musicians/models will wear the clothes and play the music.
Premiere in January 2015. 03.07.14


New project in December 2014 with the Ensemble Phoenix Basel. Commission of a new piece for Flute and Ensemble. Solist: Christoph Boesch. Russian & Swiss Tour . 03.07.14


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NEWS

Delie
 Matteo Mela - Guitar & Nicolas Muller - Installation @ ARCOOP industrial Building
Curatorial

New project with Flutist Claire Chase, Percussionnist Alexandre Babel and Pianist Anna D'Errico. Morton Feldman performance to take place in Geneva's Centre d'art contemporain, Fall 2017, Switzerland. 10.01.16


Curating the fourth season of the Ensemble Vide in the ARCOOP building, in collaboration with Béatrice Zawodnik. Three shows with 20, 30 and 70 musicians. Carouge, Geneva. 24.07.15


Through a kind invitation of the Centre d'art contemporain d'Yverdon, in collaboration with Petra Krausz and the Ensemble Vide, curating three projects dealing with music, litterature and space.
27.03.15


Curating the third season of the Ensemble Vide in the ARCOOP building, in collaboration with Béatrice Zawodnik. Three shows. Carouge, Geneva. 19.11.14


Curating a concert at the Fonderie Kugler in September 2014: a string quartet, a Koto (Japanese harp), a reader and Butô dancer share the space with the audience. Japanese and Swiss repertoire. he show is part of the projet Collecting Time, curated by Ariane Monod and the Usine Kugler (Geneva). 03.07.14


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BIOGRAPHY

Denis Schuler portrait
 © Daphne Bengoa

Born in Geneva, Denis Schuler began his studies with drums and classical percussion, before going on to composition with professors Nicolas Bolens, Eric Gaudibert, Michael Jarrell et Emanuel Nunes. He earned his degree in 2006. In 2008, he was the first Swiss composer to win the International Composition Competition of Sacred Music in Freiburg. Denis Schuler was a member-in-residence at the Swiss Institute in Rome during the 2010-2011 academic year. He was awarded a residency in Cairo by the Pro Helvetia Foundation in 2013. He is also a curator and devotes his attention to concert programming, performance spaces and audience reception.

In his rich and atypical path, Denis Schuler seeks inspiration in a range of areas, such as traditional music, improvisation, and written music: he confronts and gathers multiple influences, enabling a singular and personal voice to come forth. Through the study of rhythm and aural material, his work explores the liminal conditions of listening, especially those approaching silence. His music calls for a particular focus, where the ear must often stand alert, picking up on breath and noise. Involved listening is required.

His compositions have been commissioned and created by, among others, the Orchestre de chambre de Genève, the Ensemble Vortex, the Ensemble Phoenix Basel, the Korean Music Project, the Glass Farm Ensemble, the Nederland Kamerkoor, Tetraflûtes, the Quatuor Bela, the Ensemble Vide and by the pianist Cathy Krier. Denis Schuler has also composed music for performances at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich, the Tojo in Bern, the Théâtre de Carouge and the Théâtre du Grütli in Geneva. January 2014, NEOS Label (Germany, specialized in contemporary music) releases his first monographic CD.

As organizer, he curates performances and concerts at the Swiss Institute in Rome, at the Fondation Suisse – Pavillon Le Corbusier, among others and particularly with the Geneva based Ensemble Vide. The projects are mainly produced out of usual concert venues. They mix artistic disciplines and audiences, professionals and young people.


AWARDS

2015

Support for creation, Culture programme of the European Union
Support for creation, Suisa Foundation for music

2014

Support for concerts, City of Geneva
Support for concerts, State of Geneva
Support for concerts, Migros Cultural Percent
Support for concerts, Pro Helvetia

2013

Residency Pro Helvetia Cairo, with Noémie Etienne
Support for creation, City of Geneva
Commande de composition, Pro Helvetia
Support for creation, City of Berne
Support for creation, State of Berne
Support for creation, Burgergemeinde Bern
Support for concerts, Fondation UBS pour la culture

2012

Support for creation, Suisa Foundation for music

2011

Resident at the Swiss institute Rome, one academic year
Support for creation, City of Geneva
Support for creation, State of Geneva
Support for creation, Henneberger – Mercier Foundation
Support for creation, Nicati-de Luze Foundation

2010

Composer in residence, Casa Pantrova, Ticino, Switzerland, ASM – Swiss Musician Association
Support for creation, Loterie Romande
Support for creation, Cultural office, State of Switzerland

2009

Support for creation, Suisa Foundation for music
Support for creation, ASM – Swiss Musician Association
Support for creation, Henneberger – Mercier Foundation
Support for creation, Nicati-de Luze Foundation

2008

1st prize at the International sacred musics competition of Fribourg (Switzerland)

2007

Support for creation, Cultural federal office, State of Switzerland, cultural founds
Support for creation, Henneberger – Mercier Fondation

2006

Prize of the Conseil d’Etat de Genève
Support for creation, UBS Foundation for culture

2005

Scholarship of the Fondation Simon I. Patiño, residence at the Cité des Arts, Paris, France

 


COMPOSITIONS

Denis Schuler & Quatuor Agages
 Quatuor Agages - Cheminée Nord / Usine Kugler

2015

Wide Invisible Sky flute recorder bass clarinet voice violin cello

Commission: UMS'n JIP
Premiere: UMS'n JIP & Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble - February 5, 2016, NCCA, Moscow, Russia

 

Souvenir fuyant marimba violin

Commission: Duo Artos
Premiere: Duo Artos - October 11, 2015, Ittigen, Switzerland.

 

L'autre rivage piano

Commission: Philharmonie Luxembourg and the European Concert Hall Organisation with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union
Premiere: Cathy Krier - October 12, 2015, Bozar, Bruxelles, Belgium

 

Point de rosée percussion harp accordion

Commission: neuverBand - Ensemble für neue Musik
Premiere: neuverBand - April 30, 2015, l'Abri, Geneva, Switzerland

2014

Laa flute solo clarinet bassoon percussion piano violin cello double bass

Commission: Ensemble Phoenix Basel
Premiere: Phoenix Ensemble Basel & eNsemble Pro-Arte - December 12, 2015, New Stage, St Petersbourg, Russia

 

Hummingbird flute bass clarinet percussion piano

Commission: Glass Farm Ensemble
Premiere: Glass Farm Ensemble - May 29, 2014, Symphony Space, New York, USA

 

Deuxième étage dans la lumière du soleil 4 flutes 14 strings

Commission: Ensemble Vide
Premiere: Orchestre Buissonnier, Arsène Liechti conductor - May 3, 2014, ARCOOP Building, Geneva, Switzerland,
along with a new choreography of Perrine Valli

2013

Myn flute oboe toy piano crotales viola

Written for Paolo Vignaroli, Béatrice Zawodnik, Alexandre Babel and Anna Spina
Premiere: December 8, 2013, Flux Laboratory, Geneva, Switzerland


Lune bleue viola

Written for Anna Spina
Premiere: December 8, 2013, Flux Laboratory, Geneva, Switzerland

 

Ek Balam flute daegeum piri contrabass clarinet changgo percussion viola double bass

Commission: Verein Homo Ludens Music
Premiere: Ensemble Phoenix Basel & Korean Music Project - October 18, 2013, Walcheturm, Zurich, Switzerland

 

1444 violin piano

Commission: Duo Artos
Premiere: Duo Artos, October 19, 2013, Lavatersaal, Zurich, Switzerland

 

Kid piano four-hands

Commission: Duo Reynaldo, Florestan Boutin and Michael Ertzscheid
Premiere: Duo Reynaldo - May 29, 2013, Montreuil Conservatory, France

2012

Spring bass flute

Written for Paolo Vignaroli
Premiere: November 25, 2012, Swiss Foundation - Pavillon Le Corbusier, Paris, France

 

Tan-ka piccolo bass flute

Commission: Ensemble Tetraflûtes
Premiere: Ensemble Tetraflûtes - April 1st, 2012, Festival Le Printemps Musical d'Annecy, France

 

Loisaida harpsichord

Commission: Festival Eternal Tour
Premiere: Tamar Halperin - May 13, 2012, Centre d'Edition Contemporaine, Geneva, Switzerland

2011

Dans un pli flute percussion

Written for Paolo Vignaroli and Alexandre Babel
Premiere: Paolo Vignaroli and Alexandre Babel - August 30, 2011, G11 galery, Berlin, Germany

 

Perpetual sense of being out, far out to sea 2 sopranos

Written for Cristiana Presutti and Gyslaine Waelchli
Premiere: Cristiana Presutti and Gyslaine Waelchli - June 28, 2011, San Isidoro church, Rome, Italy

2010

Melody oboe

Commission: Ensemble Vide
Premiere: Béatrice Zawodnik - February 12, 2011, Swiss institute Rome, Italy

 

In-between string quartet orchestra

Commission: Orchestre de chambre de Genève
Premiere: Orchestre de Chambre de Genève - September 21, 2010, BFM, Geneva, Switzerland

 

Sept secondes arrêtées percussion

Written for Alexandre Babel
Premiere: Alexandre Babel - August 30, 2011, G11 galery, Berlin, Germany

 

Le jeu de la mort soundtrack

Commission: Yami2 Production, In collaboration with Bud and Frank Williams
First television broadcast: France 2 - March 17, 2010, Prime Time

2009

Haiku11 string quartet improviser

Commission: Quatuor Bela
Premiere: Quatuor Bela and Fantazio - August 7, 2009, Festival Les Nuits d'Eté, Aiguebelette-le-Lac, Savoie, France

2008

Inferno #7 10 performers

Commission: Théâtre du Grütli
Premiere: Dante All Stars - April 4, 2008, Festival Archipel, Geneva, Switzerland

 

Teh soprano oboe violin guitar double bass percussion

Commission: Ensemble Vortex
Premiere: Ensemble Vortex - February 3, 2009, Maison de la radio, Geneva, Switzerland

2007

Oscura Luce a cappella choir

Commission: First prize awarded at the Fribourg's International Composition Competition for Sacred Music
Premiere: Nederlands Kamerkoor - July 10, 2008, Festival de Musiques Sacrées de Fribourg, Switzerland

 

L’Immobilité flute quartet

Commission: Ensemble Tetraflûtes
Premiere: Ensemble Tetraflûtes - October 28, 2007, Cheseaux's church, Vaud, Switzerland

 

Le Récit du monde bass clarinet flute electric guitar percussion voice reader

Commission: Le Concert Impromptu, text from Michel Thion
Premiere: Le Concert Impromptu - May 15, 2007, Festival Musique Action, Nancy, France

2006

Paradeigma 3 percussions orchestra

Premiere: composition diploma - May 2006, HEM Geneva (Classe of Michael Jarrell), Switzerland

 

Round 7 snare drums

Premiere: Cave 12 - June, 2006, Geneva, Switzerland

 

 


RECORDS

The Lines
Monographic CD released in 2014 by German Label NEOS Grammont Sélection 7
CD  released n 2014 by Swiss Label Musique suisses
Composition: Ek Balam, for ensemble Phoenix Ensemble Basel & Korean Music Project
Digital CD released by Swiss Label United Phoenix Records
Composition: Ek Balam, for ensemble Mixed Works
CD released by the composer Fred, Gloria et les autres
Play or not
CD released in 2010 by the band
(Composer & Drummer) Ensemble Vortex
CD released by the German Label NEOS
Composition: Teh, for voice & five instruments Frank Williams & The Ghost Dance
CD released by the band
(Drummer) Fantazio
Cinq mille ans de danse crue et de grands pas chassés
CD released by the French Label La Triperie
(Drummer) The Dead Brothers
Dead Music For Dead People
CD released by Swiss Label Voodoorythm Records
(Drummer) The Dead Brothers
Day Of The Dead
CD released by Swiss Label Voodoorythm Records
(Drummer) Les Collègues Pasha
CD released by the band
(Drummer) Balagan
CD released by the band
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LINKS

Ensemble Vide
Ensemble Neuverband
Ensemble Phoenix Basel
Glass Farm Ensemble
Basler Madrigalisten
Klangbox
Wieniawski Quartet
Quatuor Bela
Orchestre de chambre de Genève
Ensemble vocal de poche
Ensemble vocal Séquence
Orchestre Buissonnier
Quatuor Tetraflûtes
JikkenKôbô.ch
L'Instant Donné
Nederlands Kamerkoor
Ensemble Contrechamps
Fred, Gloria et les autres
Ensemble Vortex
Le Concert Impromptu

Festival Les Nuits d'Eté
Festival Eternal Tour
Festival de Musiques Sacrées de Fribourg
Festival Archipel
Festival Nuovi Spazi Musicali
Festival ISCM - World New Music Days

Association Zone Franche
Fonderie Kugler
Istituto Svizzero di Roma
Cave12
Kompakt
Musée des beaux-arts Le Locle
Fondation Suisse - Pavillon Le Corbusier

Fantazio
Frank William's & The Ghost Dance
La Fugitive
Studio Garage
Camiguzi
Lebanese Underground

Cathy Krier
Izumi Ise
Miyuki Warabiuchi
Ariane Monod
Cristiana Presutti
Kamilya Jubran
Anna Spina
Béatrice Zawodnik
Anna d'Errico
Florestan Boutin
d'incise
Céline Hänni
Noémie Etienne
Alexandre Babel
David Greilsammer
Rudy Decelière
Paolo Vignaroli
Paul Clift
Daniele Bravi
Perrine Valli
Daphné Bengoa
Matteo Mela
Isabelle Klaus
Nicolas Field
D.M.Visotzky
Phonotopy
Junghae Lee
Philippe Ehinger


CONTACT

info[at]schulerdenis.name

 

 

 

© Denis Schuler 2016