Described by the online music platform Boiler Room as a “renegade new classical ensemble,” stargaze was founded in Berlin in 2013 as a gathering of music lovers, curators and musicians. Since then it has evolved into an orchestral collective that delights in experimentation, made up of versatile, classically trained, international musicians, most of whom live in Amsterdam, London and Berlin. As well as appearing on stage, the ensemble frequently initiates new projects and co-operations and also devises concerts that open up various aspects of contemporary music to new audiences. stargaze has a wide instrumental repertoire, ranging from artists such as the US composer David Lang through Greg Saunier (Deerhoof), Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner (The National) and Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire) to Steve Reich’s “Music for Pieces of Wood” and Terry Riley’s “In C”. stargaze has worked together with many artists including Nils Frahm, Terry Riley and Owen Pallett, with bands such as A Hawk and a Hacksaw and Matmos or on projects like My Brightest Diamond. The musicians have made guest appearances at the Philharmonies in both Paris and Cologne, the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, the Barbican Centre in London and many festivals, including their own stargaze presents and orchestral at the Volksbühne Berlin. Recordings made by the collective include sections of Bryce Dessner’s soundtrack to the award-winning film “The Revenant” and in 2015 their first record was released: “Deerhoof Chamber Variations”, on which the musicians play new arrangements of songs by the band Deerhoof.
As of February 2019