TransAtlantic Ensemble

hailing from Berlin and New York, the TransAltantic Ensemble has been making music on either side of the Atlantic since 2005. As a forum for two dynamic leaders in today's generation of chamber musicians, this ensemble of clarinet and piano is dedicated to directing the course of classical music's evolution.





Sight & Sound

Color is sound, sound is color. Inspired by the music performed by pianist Evelyn Ulex, Ade Frey created her paintings. These paintings will be projected on a screen during the concert and the originals are on display possible as an exhibition.





Poetic meets the piano

Musicians & poets escaping/moving/in Exil /Now





Classical songs from Brazil (1800-2000)

Brazilian song, from the romantic to the contemporary.
Ms. Ulex performs with soprano Katia Guedes and in solo piano works...







TransAtlantic Ensemble with guests

It is a rarity in music today to find an ensemble whose commitment to varied styles suits their abilities. The catch phrases in the Arts are "Diversity" and "Crossover" and many a chamber group wave that flag of repertoire. In the TransAtlantic Ensemble I have heard that well balanced blend of "Mozartian" control, "Brahmsian" passion, "Webernesque" precision. The bonus is ther inherit soul and rhythmic drive that allows them to tackle music from say, south of the American Border or the Middle East with authentic inflection.
Jeff Scott














Radio Broadcast Berlin

Interview on RBB-Kulturradio Berlin with TransAtlantic Ensemble

TransAtlantic Ensemble Excerpts

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TransAtlantic Ensemble

hailing from Berlin and New York, the TransAltantic Ensemble has been making music on either side of the Atlantic since 2005. As a forum for two dynamic leaders in today's generation of chamber musicians, this ensemble of clarinet and piano is dedicated to directing the course of classical music's evolution. 

The Ensemble's innovative repertoire, dynamic sound and engaging stage presence attracts audiences from the contemporary, crossover, classical, and jazz worlds.  Their international tours have included appearances in New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, repeat performances throughout Berlin, and stops in Hamburg, Leipzig, and Costa Rica.

Central to the TransAtlantic Ensemble's mission is collaborating with living composers. Their ongoing relationships with Paquito D'Rivera, Miguel del Aguila, Valerie Coleman, Jeff Scott, Mohammed Fairouz and Richard Padron have resulted in significant contributions to the clarinet and piano repertoire.

Interaction with audiences is a hallmark of TransAtlantic performances.  The multilingual ensemble members enthusiastically communicate their love of live chamber music to music lovers of all ages and from diverse backgrounds.

They can be heard on E1 Entertainment (Koch classics) and Eroica.

Mariam Adam, clarinet

Mariam Adam, a native of Monterey, California has become an internationally distinguished clarinetist and chamber musician. A founding member of the Grammy-nominated woodwind quintet, Imani Winds, she has maintained an active international touring schedule for over 12 years performing at venues from Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center to Paris' La Villette. A pillar in the chamber music community, they have been instrumental in audience development, innovative programming and the resurgence of the wind quintet while being in constant demand as performers and educators.

         Chosen to be one of the last students of legendary clarinetist, Rosario Mazzeo, Ms. Adam swiftly developed a busy career on the west coast soloing with the Sacramento Symphony, Monterey County Symphony, the Eastman Music Summer Festival and touring internationally with the Monterey Jazz Festival jazz ensembles often as the drummer.

         Since moving to New York to pursue graduate studies at Manhattan School of Music, she has since performed with Chamber Music Lincoln Center, Prussia Cove Festival in England, 92nd St. Y, Rockport Music Festival, Chenango Music Festival, Carmel Bach Festival, La Jolla Music Festival, Skaneateles Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, Carnegie's Weil recital hall as well as collaborations with such artists as Paquito D'Rivera ,David Shifrin, the Pacifica String Quartet, Chamber Music Lincoln Center and the Cologne Philharmonic.

         In 2010 she started the AdZel Duo with Stephanie Zelnick, clarinetist, performing works celebrating their combined heritage from the middle east.  Ms. Adam can be heard on any of Imani Winds' six albums on the Koch Classics/E1 label

www.imaniwinds.com

Evelyn Ulex, piano

Pianist Evelyn Ulex was born and raised in Berlin, Germany.
At the age of ten, she won the national "Festival of Young Talent" in Dresden, later taking top awards in the J.S.Bach competition in Leipzig, Germany. She holds degrees from Berlin's University of the Arts as well as the acclaimed Folkwang Hochschule in Essen, Germany where she did her Concert Examen studies in the Master class of Prof. Boris Bloch.

Ms. Ulex, a finalist for the Frienna Awerbuch International Piano Competition in New York City, is an established pianist in both the United States and Europe. She performs worldwide as soloist, chamber musician and with orchestras.

She has appeared at New York City's Carnegie Hall, the Library for the Performing Arts, Symphonie Space, 92nd St. Y, Steinway Hall, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Summer Festival at Rutger's University, Imani Winds Festival at Juilliard School in nyc as well as Berlin's Konzerthaus, Philharmonie, the German Embassy in Washington, D.C., and various German consulates around the globe.

Of particular note are Ulex's special projects, such as "200 Years of Brazilian classical Songs" with soprano Katia Guedes and "Sight & Sound," a live concert featuring projections of paintings by Berlin artist Ade Frey. She has also performed the work "Poetry & piano/artists in the move" alongside prominent Berlin actor Hartmut Becker.

Ms. Ulex was also featured on Berlin Radio's "Artist Portraits" series and can be heard on E1 Entertainment (Koch classics) and Eroica.

She is a Steinway artist who works out of New York City and Berlin.

Repertoire

Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
(Arr. Charles Whalen)
Gershwin - Preludes for piano
Paquito D 'Rivera       -
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Contradanza & Walzer Venezolano
Invitation & Danzon
The Cape Cod Files
Guastavino - Tonada & Cueca
Mohammed Fairouz - Novelettes
Miklos Rozsa - Sonatina for clarinet solo op.27



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TransAtlantic Ensemble with guests

It is a rarity in music today to find an ensemble whose commitment to varied styles suits their abilities. The catch phrases in the Arts are "Diversity" and "Crossover" and many a chamber group wave that flag of repertoire. In the TransAtlantic Ensemble I have heard that well balanced blend of 'Mozartian' control, 'Brahmsian' passion, 'Webernesque' precision. The bonus is their inherit soul and rhythmic drive that allows them tlo tackle music from say, south of the American Border or the Middle East authentic inflection. Jeff Scott


Hrabba Atladottir, violin

Peter Sanders, cello

Eva Burmeister, violin

Ragga Petursdottir, violin




Koch recording 2008
compositions by John David Earnest





Repertoire

Miguel del Aguila Tango Trio, op.71 C
John Harbison - Variations
Charles Ives - Largo
Aram Khatschaturian - Trio
Darius Milhaud - Suite
Annette LeSiege Trio    - "I know what I know"
Jeff Scott Trio - "A hug for Sharon"
Gian Carlo Menotti - Trio
Stravinsky - Suite from L'histoire du soldat
Leifur Porarinsson - Trio Afangar
Andreas Peer Kähler - Calm Transatlantic Sea and Prosperous Voyage
John David Earnest - Winter Dances


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Sight & Sound Excerpts
.... Short cuts from Sight & Sound live Performance


(2:28 min, 19.8 MB, Quick Time - watch now

Sight & Sound

Color is sound, sound is color. The dramatic paintings of artist Ade Frey are projected on screen during the concert, providing a visceral response to Ms. Ulex's performance of music by Modest Mussorgky's "Pictures at an Exhibition", Schumann and Villa Lobos. Inspired by the music performed by pianist Evelyn Ulex, Ade Frey created her paintings. While she listened to Evelyn Ulex highly expressive interpretations, Ade Frey made associations to the musical structure, rhythmical movements, and sound; modifying and expressing the musical colors she hears.

Ade Frey, artist

Ade Frey born in Schwäbisch Gmünd, in southern Germany. After her education, she moved to Berlin in 1972, where she studied Color and Interior Design at the University of arts, where she received her degree as a professional designer. After employing her interior design talent, she went on to study painting. She was a master student of the renowned Professor Herbert Kaufmann; within no time at all her works were showcased at solo exhibitions in private galleries, public institutions and art fairs.

As a member of the GEDOK (Organization of German and Austrian Female Artists) she contributed with many art projects such as Berlin-Europa at the Verborgenen Museum, Tafelbilder aus den 90er Jahren at the St. Matthäus-church at Kemper Plaza, Berlin, Paper Becomes Art at the Gallery of the House of Parliament in Berlin, and Realization at the Old Town Hall in Potsdam. For a number of years Ms. Frey has been fascinated with the intangible quality of music, which inspired her to develop concepts about the relationship between music and art.

The Sight and Sound project, in collaboration with pianist Evelyn Ulex, focuses mainly on Mussorgsky s Pictures at an Exhibition, which is thematically and musically uniquely suited for this coalescence of the two art forms. The Sight and Sound exhibition has been performed very successfully in many venues, such as the German Consulate General in New York City, at the German Consulate in Vancouver, at the Nikolai Hall in Potsdam, among others.

Among her other artistic accomplishments is the founding of the Art studio Frey, an art school for children and teenagers in Berlin; the development of interdisciplinary art and music projects for children and teenagers, in collaboration with the violinist Peter Rainer. A Musical Construction Place project, at the Roman Baths at the Park of Sanssouci in Potsdam; and as well, A Room With Music Notes (concert-workshop for children and their parents) in collaboration with the Chamber Academy Potsdam at the Nikolai Hall in Potsdam.

Program

Robert Schumann
Faschingsschwank op. 26, Allegro

Claude Debussy
L isle joyeuse / Isle of joy

Heitor Villa-Lobos
Valsa da Dor,
Alma Brasileira Chorus No.5

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition


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Classical songs from Brazil Excerpts

(3:04 min, 19.3 MB, Quick Time - watch now

Classical songs from Brazil (1800-2000)

Brazilian song, from the romantic to the contemporary.
Ms. Ulex performs with soprano Katia Guedes and in solo piano works...

Brazilian Classical Song




Katia Guedes, Soprano

Brazilian-born soprano Katia Guedes studied singing at the University
of São Paulo. After graduating she received a Konrad-Adenauer scholarship to study at the Stuttgart College of Music and at Berlins prestigious "Hanns Eisler" University of Music under Inge Uibel.
Katia Guedes has gone on to win numerous prizes as a soloist and give many recitals all over the world. She performs regularly in opera productions in Brazil and Germany.
Under the many premiere performances she did are Heinrichs Fieber, eine Kleist Vision  (Humel), Verzeihung, der Kopf , Ich schlafe was ich denke  und KLIMA_Vorhersagen  (Stelzenbach / Hoyer), As Malibrans  (de Oliveira), Luisas Traum  (C. Herzog), Zwei Etagen, keine Treppe  (Klaus Lang), Destino das Oito  (Chico Mello), in der Musikbiennale München 2006 La philosophie dans le labyrinthe  (Aureliano Cattaneo) unter Emilio Pomarico, Der Sonne entgegen  von Lucia Ronchetti in Gelsenkirchen und Niebla  von Mendoza-Lopez/Rebstock in Hellerau/ Dresden, sowie die Architektur des Regens  von Klaus Lang in der Münchener Biennale 2008.
Festivals she performed in are Campos do Jordão - Brasil, Musica Nova - Santos - Brasil, Acarte - Lisboa - Portugal, Compositionen - Berlin, Musikbiennale - Berlin, World Music Festival - Pusan  Korea, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Ultraschall - Berlin, Tage der Neuen Musik - Braunschweig, MärzMusik - Berlin, Auftakt 2005  Frankfurt, Zeitfenster Berlin 2006, Musikbiennale München 2006/08, in Zusammenarbeit mit den Ensemblen Mosaik , Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin ,
Modern Art Sextett , Resonanz , Courage  und Klangforum-Wien .   The release of her first CD, "Poesia paulista, 12 canções" was in Brazil in 2000. Also available is her CD "Aus jüdische Volkspoesie - Dmitri Schostakowitsch" and "As Malibrans", a contemporary opera from Jocy de Oliveira. She presently lives in Berlin.

Evelyn Ulex, piano

Pianist Evelyn Ulex was born and raised in Berlin, Germany ...



Program

Marcos Portugal - Aria IV
Anonym (19. Century)
Arr. by Mario de Andrade
- Hei de amar  te até morrer
(For I ll love you till I die)
Carlos Gomes (1836-1896)      - Bela ninfa de minh´alma (1857)
(Beautiful nymph of my soul)


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Poetic meets the piano

Musicians & poets escaping/moving/in Exil /Now

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Hartmut Becker, actor



Evelyn Ulex, pianist

Classical Brecht

An attempt at reconciliation and understanding between music and word/a concert piano answers the laments/the songs/the love poems of the poor B.B.

Program

BRECHT MEETS CLASSIC

poems/ballads/songs
about love and other minor matters

in dialogue with piano pieces by
Alban Berg/Schumann/Gershwin
Skrjabin/Shtschedrin/Brian Agro
Erik Satie/Mozart/ Rachmaninoff

with songs by Kurt Weill, Paul Dessau, Hanns Eisler, Kurt Schwaen, Franz S. Bruinier

performed by Hartmut Becker: recital / Evelyn Ulex: piano

An attempt at reconciliation and understanding between music and word/a concert piano answers the laments/the songs/the love poems of the poor B.B.

The acted out/performed/sung texts of the great German playwriter and poet.
An ode to the audience/ to get involved.


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