Young Ensembles

Young Ensembles: Black Page Orchestra – impuls

08/2021 impuls – AT

Young Ensemble in Residency: Black Page Orchestra

Black Page Orchestra is one of the ensembles benefitting from the Young Ensembles program of the ULYSSES Network.

At impuls (AT) in August 2021, they take the position of junior-tutors, offering workshops for young composers, and profiting themselves from the support of senior academy tutors on site.

The ensemble members have the chance to connect with young composers through a call for scores, reading/feedback-sessions, and partly more intense rehearsals, leading to performances of selected pieces as well as other works as typical for their own repertoire and profiles.

Black Page Orchestra is featured with two concerts, working closely with François Sarhan for example, one of the academy´s composition tutors, to premiere a selection of pieces from his „Log Book 2020“ at the impuls Festival.

Besides several presentations of their workshops, dealing with „21st Century Piano Virtuosity“ for example, are scheduled and so is a solo and duo concert with musicians of the ensemble as well as a talk, where the ensemble shares its knowledge about how to create a recognizable ensemble-profile, the art of programming and many other practical issues.



Concert 1:
18.8.2021, 8pm,

TIP, Theater im Palais, Austria

Programme Black Page Orchestra:

Peter Ablinger: from Black Series: Mondrian-Serie (2013)

Sarah Nemtsov: White Eyes Erased (2014/15)

Alexander Kaiser: Mechanical Dogs (2019)

Matthias Kranebitter: Combative Music and Its Algorithmic Demystification (2020, premiere)

Stefan Prins: Fremdkörper # 2 (2010)

Mirela Ivičević: The F SonG (Dominosa VII) (2014)





Workshops and presentations with Black Page Orchestra
at impuls academy and festival (16.- 27.8.2021)


Black Page Orchestra. Alessandro Baticci . On Flute

Black Page Orchestra. Alfredo Ovalles . 21st Century Piano Virtuosity . Call for Scores + Feedback

Black Page Orchestra. Samuel Toro Pérez . Call for Scores for E-Guitar + Feedback


Case study Black Page Orchestra
Presentation + Discussion with Matthias Kranebitter

2014 composer Matthias Kranebitter founded the ensemble Black Page Orchestra, that quickly positioned itself in Austria as singular formation in the contemporary music sector at the interfaces of electronics and new technologies, the performative and visual. A balancing act between different art disciplines, and when it comes to opening up to other fields of contemporary music production, is also pursued by the festival Unsafe + Sounds, the ensemble is affiliated with and Kranebitter heads as well. In his talk Matthias Kranebitter will reveal some of the strategies it took to establish a young ensemble and festival and give an insight look issues such as programming and booking, financing and promotion amongst others.




Concert 2:
TIP, Theater im Palais, Graz, Austria

Programme Black Page Orchestra:

Rakhat-Bi Abdyssagin: Graz-i-A (2020) World Premiere

Beltrán Gonzalez: Dynamic Effects of Diverse Argentine Macroeconomic Variables in the Period 1989-2002 (2021) World Premiere

Antonin Rouvelas: Of that which already began (2018/2021) World Premiere

François Sarhan: Log Book (2020) (selection) World Premiere


On top of that two more concerts (within the framework also of NASOM, New Austrian Sound of Music) are planned with individual musicians of the Black Page Orchestra during the impuls period 16.-27.8.2021,TIP, Theater im Palais, Graz, Austria:

Alfredo Ovalles, piano:

Gérard Pésson Vexierbilder II (2003)

Matthias Kranebitter 3 nihilistische Etüden über eine Liebe der Musikindustrie (2013)

John Zorn from: Encomia: Speculum, Penumbra, Stretta und Occultation (2018) Bernhard Lang Intermezzo II (2015)



Alessandro Baticci augmented bass flute, live-electronics

Rafał Zalech augmented viola, live-electronics

Hear and hear again (2020) – Performative installation




© Black Page Orchestra


Black Page Orchestra

Alessandro Baticci, flutes

Florian Fennes, saxophones

Samuel Toro Pérez, e-guitar

Alfredo Ovalles, piano/keyboard

Igor Gross, percussion

Fani Vovoni, violin

Rafał Zalech, viola

Matthias Kranebitter, electronics



Organized in partnership with Divertimento Ensemble - IT, Ircam - FR, Mixtur - ES, Warsaw Autumn - PL



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