Stargaze is a musicians’ collective headed by the Berlin conductor André de Riddert which sees itself as both a band and orchestral ensemble. It initiates new musical collaborations and has been active in past years as a pioneer and idea driver for musical projects combining contemporary music, pop and electronic music. For its latest project “Spitting Chamber Music”, stargaze has invited four spoken-word artists to jointly develop new pieces: the French-Arab female rapper Malikah, the German writer Robert Gwisdek alias “Käptn Peng”, Inna Modja from Mali and Naeem, who performs as Spank Rock. These artists also represent the various rap and spoken-word performance genres which are anchored in the much older traditions of oral and literary poetry.
During the development phase of the project, the organisers will hold workshops in which the artists will collaborate with stargaze to develop so-called “Tracks”. In terms of form and composition, the works will venture into new territory, e.g. by engaging in collaborative composition for classical music, or producing sounds for Hip Hop with classical instruments in real-time. The working methods used in DJing and Hip Hop will be combined with those of classical composition and experimental arrangements. With this approach, stargaze is building on a trend introduced by the legendary Hip Hop collective Wu Tang Clan and applying it to the field of New Music. Joint live performances will take place during the EIGHT BRIDGES Festival in Cologne, the X-Jazz festival in Berlin and the Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen.
Artistic director: André de Ridder / stargaze
Composer: Mica Levi (GB), stargaze
Singers: Robert Gwisdek, Brandon ‚Lil B‘ McCartney (US), Malikah (LB)
Co-arrangements and musicians: stargaze