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Composers/Performer Ensemble

Les Femmes Savantes was founded in 2005 as an interdisciplinary composer-performer ensemble by five Berlin-based female composers/musicians from Germany, Argentina, and Sweden.

Years of collaboration have enabled Les Femmes Savantes to create a specific acoustic identity that exceeds the mere sum of its individual aesthetic languages: The compositions/performances/installations are developed and performed through tight-knit collaboration. Each participant alternately assumes the role of composer, collaborator, interpreter, or director. This shifting distribution of roles results in the development of concert/performance programs in which individual as well as collective works are presented.

The musical spectrum ranges from New Music, Echtzeitmusik and jazz to electronic music and sound art. A wide variety of media are incorporated into Les Femmes Savantes’s compositions: the performer’s body becomes the instrument, public space becomes stage, the computer intervenes in the event compositionally, videos become fellow players.

Sabine Ercklentz – composition, trumpet, electronics
Hanna Hartman – composition, objects, electronics
Andrea Neumann – composition,  inside piano, mixer
Ana Maria Rodriguez – composition, electronics
Ute Wassermann – composition, voice, birdcall whistles, resonating objects

press opinions
“What Sabine Ercklentz, Andrea Neumann, Ana Maria Rodriguez, Hanna Hartman, and Ute Wassermann present in shifting formations corresponds to the synesthetic multiplicity that nowadays characterizes composing in the broadest sense: sound art, vocal virtuosity, play-action, visual means of expression, and spatial dramaturgy converge.” (Gerhard Rohde, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

About Les Femmes Savantes (CD 2013, olofbright)
„The eight short compositions in this edition (most of them recorded in 2011) are flawlessly produced. Revealing their wide range of configurations, from quintet to solo, the group showcases a collective engagement with a fascinating kind of music-making in the style/form of a women’s artists’ collective. The listener is transported right to the heart of the dynamic spatial sound distribution and finds themself quite close to the instruments: details, energetic combinations, tone colors, textures, and equally explicit rhythms swarm and tingle. The sceeching, disjointed and porous way Sabine Ercklentz (trumpet), Hanna Hartman (amplified objects), Andrea Neumann (inside piano, mixer), Ute Wassermann (voice), and Ana Maria Rodriguez (electronics) process the world gives occasion to swoon.” by Guillaume Tarche, http://grisli.canalblog.com/