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On his portrait recording Matthias Krüger searches for truth and identity. In his works, musical and non-musical elements and quotations fuse into a steady stream. This results in a seemingly never ending musical network of associations. The composer refers likewise to classical music, old philosophy and pop culture. According to booklet author Bastian Zimmermann: „In Krüger’s music, nothing is safe from becoming the beginning or the end of a musical idea.“

The ensemble piece “le vide à perdre” incorporates impressions from a night at a club in Istanbul – a liberation of oneself in ecstasy, played with great commitment by the Ensemble Ascolta conducted by Nicholas Kok.

“Wie ein Stück Fett (Redux)”, a piece written for the Ensemble BRuCH, deals with excerpts from Gustav Meyrink’s novel The Golem using rough humour.

The orchestra piece “Bellygoat Boom (substrate)”, commissioned by West German Radio (WDR) and conducted by Elena Schwarz, was influenced by cultural and artistic practices of the Maori that Krüger experienced in New Zealand.

The audio version of “sweep over me them dusty bristles” played by the Ensemble Inverspace is available online exclusively. Additionally, the specific video choreographed by Eddie Martinez and produced by Rikisaburo Sato is at disposal on the vimeo channel of Edition Zeitgenössische Musik. It toys with retro aesthetics that mirror the electro swing appeal of the music. Distinctively, Krüger weaves fundamental questions of humankind and human striving into it.

A release of Edition Zeitgenössische Musik
Coproduction of Deutschlandfunk and Deutscher Musikrat gemeinnützige Projektgesellschaft mbH (1,4), production of Deutschlandfunk (2), production of Westdeutscher Rundfunk, licensed by WDR mediagroup GmbH (3).


le vide à perdre for prepared trumpet, prepared trombone, bass drum, drum set, synthesizer, electric guitar, electric cello and live electronics
Wie ein Stück Fett (Redux) for soprano, alto and piccolo flute, prepared cello and prepared piano
Bellygoat Boom (substrate) for orchestra

Audio / Video (only online):
sweep over me them dusty bristles for five players with prepared flute, to be prepared saxophone, Synthesizer and piano, drum set, analogue-digital live-electronics as well as body, voice and face



Ensemble Ascolta / Nicholas Kok: conductor / Ensemble BRuCH / WDR Sinfonieorchester / Elena Schwarz: conductor / Ensemble Inverspace

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Ain’t nuthin’ but fairy dust
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