CHAPTER I
à rien
for one singer
Thorsten Töpp, 1999
"à rien" follows the last records in Kafka’s diary and is dedicated to Javier Hagen. This work mingles different levels of consciousness and time with extreme requirements for the voice in a virtuous way. - - Having finished his studies in composition with Wolfgang Rihm and Heiner Goebbels in Karlsruhe, Thorsten Töpp leads his own projects, directs at the same time since 2001 "Forum Neue Musik" in Duisburg and surrounding towns and he is working as a theatre-musician with Duisburger Akzente 2002 and 2006.

CHAPTER II
Verstohlen geht der Mond auf
tenor and recorder
trad.

CHAPTER III

lebelight
tenor, recorder and playback CD

Maria Porten, 2001/2
lebelight (dedicated to Javier Hagen) consists of 7 poems by Ivar Breitenmoser (Zurich tanzt Bolero) set into music by Maria Porten. They tell about "light" products, bustle, permanent accessibility, technical simplification and the loss to enjoy life. UMS ´n JIP recorded lebelight for the Swiss CD-label VDE Gallo in summer 2008. www.porten.ch

CHAPTER IV

Alle Vögel sind schon da

countertenor and recorder
trad.


CHAPTER V

3 Auswege, Im Zeichen der Schildkröte
tenor and recorder
JIP, 2003
After a poem of Bertolt Brecht. The 3fold composition of the same poem equals an intensification. During the occupation by the Nazis Scandinavian members of the resistance drew tortoises onto trains and walls to request to slow down the work.

CHAPTER VI

p.h.-werte
tenor/countertenor, recorder and playback CD
JIP, 2007
Confrontation of the mythic, ideal world with the everyday-banality: Hermes´ arrival at Ogygia, the Isle of Kalypso faces the accident of Paris Hilton, who was bitten by her kinkajou Baby Luv. Nowadays the values are only a matter of opinion; glaring differences of values stand today next to each other - only a few mouse clicks apart.

CHAPTER VII
Guten Abend gut Nacht
solo tenor
trad.

CHAPTER VIII
WOH
solo recorder
UMS, 2009 (world premiere)

 


VIDEO

 

AUDIO

>> p.h. werte 2007 by JIP [11']
Recording: Radio Suisse Romande Espace 2, Sierre 9/2007

>> nach-nach-Bestellung II from lebelight 2001/2 by Maria Porten [0'55'']
>> der telefonbeantworter from lebelight 2001/2 by Maria Porten [2'06'']
Recording: Wolfgang Braml, sound engineer, Zürich 6/2008, VDE-Gallo CD 1252

>> à rien 1999 by Thorsten Töpp [12']
Recording: Marc Seiffge, sound engineer, Karlsruhe 11/1999

 

CD

ONE by UMS 'n JIP
chamber opera
Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, recorder & electronics
Javier Hagen, tenor/countertenor & electronics
edition umsnjip 1
2009

>> one teaser (compilation) [2'51'']

 

CAST

Ulrike Mayer-Spohn : recorder, electronics, actress
Javier Hagen
: countertenor, tenor, electronics, actor
UMS 'n JIP : production, direction

Carmen Bender : technician

André Pignat : lights, assistant director

Studio Theatre Interface Sion : co-production






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