“Musical phenomena are never abstract. The idea behind Speicher is the search for extremes – extreme condensation, thinning, acceleration, broadening. For the piece to be able to continue and remain interesting, it is important – besides diversity – for the audience to be able to recognize certain parts. Anything can be recognizable – a single sound as well as a complete formal structure. Therefore it seems less important to keep inserting new ideas into the piece but rather to create an unpredictable network of derivations. The next step would be to be able to foresee what will happen next: thus, an active way of listening would be created. – But: in a reservoir [“Speicher”], things always get into a mess anyway.” (Enno Poppe)
Composer Enno Poppe, who was born in 1969, worked on the six compositions for different orchestrations that make up the “Speicher” project from 2008 to 2013. The cycle was performed in sequence for the first time at the Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2013; at Musikfest Berlin 2014 the work will be performed by Ensemblekollektiv Berlin under the composer’s baton. This ensemble is an initiative of four internationally recognized Berlin-based ensembles – Ensemble Adapter, Sonar Quartet, Ensemble Apparat and ensemble mosaic – and is a novelty not just for Berlin’s cultural scene.