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Ensemble Proton Bern

  • conductor Susanne Blumenthal
  • oud Yasamin Shahhosseini
  • performance Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson
  • flute Bettina Berger
  • oboe Martin Bliggenstorfer
  • clarinet Richard Elliot Haynes
  • bassoon Elise Jacoberger
  • harp Miriam Paschetta
  • piano Coco Schwarz
  • violin Maximilian Haft
  • violoncello Jan-Filip Ťupa


Tickets: Box office (no advance sale)

Sunday 19. February 2023, 6.00 pm

Monday 20. February 2023, 7.30 pm

Wednesday 26. April 2023, 9.00 pm

Giger, Jannik (*1985)

Masterclass (2023) UA

neue Fassung für Ensemble Proton Bern von Richard Haynes

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Keyhani, Karen (*1979)

Dârvag (2023) UA

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Rzewski, Frederic (1938 - 2021)

Coming Together (1971)

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Toraman, Zeynep (*1992)

The Same Moonlight (2023) UA

Before the concert at PROGR Bern (Mon 20.2.2023) there will be a concert introduction at 19.00h.

Resilience - the ability to overcome difficulties and use them for further development: In each of the four works, a conflict was the occasion for finding new musical paths.

The Iranian composer Karen Keyhani rediscovered the music of the Safavid period (1501-1736), which had long been banned in his country. Fascinated by the polymodality and microtonality of this music, he combines this old and the new musical worlds.

The Turkish composer Zeynep Toraman, who lives in Berlin, takes the rebellious liberty of integrating into her musical language states that are rather considered trivial in the new music scene, such as "feeling" or "sentimentality".

Jannik Giger (CH) assembles a satire about master classes from fragments of original recordings. An environment in which authoritarian teaching of right and wrong often suppresses the musical freedom of young musicians.

The American composer Frederic Rzewski chose the text of a prisoner who became the leader of a prison revolt as the source material for "Coming Together". His thoughts between adaptation and rebellion are repeated in the work like a mantra - and together with the inescapable drive of the ensemble, they put the audience into a trance-like state that makes the violence of the common struggle physically tangible.

Tickets for both concerts are available at the box office (no advance booking).