Welcome to Ensemble SurPlus’s new homepage
Il faut continuer (It must go on)
Retaining and restructuring
A time of upheaval
After a phase of upheaval Ensemble SurPlus is releasing its newly designed homepage.
The death of its founder, artistic director, pianist, conductor and friend James Avery in March 2009, left bewilderment, and deep sorrow amongst us all. This occurrence was felt deeply and has left its mark both within and outside of the ensemble.
After months of searching, renewing and restructuring, which far from being completed, Ensemble SurPlus is committed to presenting its creativity and musical potential for New Music and its dedicated public.
The decision to keep our promise regarding James Avery’s wish that Ensemble surplus should continue, was simple. In spite of all the changes that have become necessary, we wish to keep James’s optimism, integrity, integrative capabilities and his openness towards anything new. Who would have thought that one of the works we performed in our first concert that had the title- il faut continuer –(it must go on), would become our leitmotiv for Ensemble SurPlus?
NMZ article James Avery
31st of January 2016
Libeskind CycleSWR2 broadcast 4th of May 2016
22nd of October 2016
Klangzeit erlebenmore info
27th of October 2016
Zeit und Gegenzeitmore info
6th of December 2016
Cross Mappingmore info
Ensemble SurPlus was founded in 1992 by the eminent pianist and conductor James Avery (1937-2009). The Ensemble performs chamber music ranging from duos to large instrumental combinations. Its primary objective is to give new or unknown works an optimal performance, regardless of compositional style or technical and intellectual demands. After its formation in 1992 the ensemble was invited in the same year to perform at the International Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt. In 1993 it was engaged to give the first performance of a contemporary chamber opera at the Archipel Festival in Geneva, which received enthusiastic critical acclaim. Since that time it has gained increasing recognition on the international scene for contemporary music and has been a frequent guest at festivals throughout Europe (Musica Viva, mehr!klang, Donaueschingen) Asia and North America (June in Buffalo, Stanford University, University of Victoria). In addition to performing in traditional concert settings, SurPlus also welcomes experimental projects, improvisation and Music Theater. A close cooperation with Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart has existed since 1994. Most recently the Ensemble has collaborated in the project “New Music Network” funded by the German Ministry of Culture, working with young people in the German school system in order to educate a young public about new music. The ensemble has also collaborated closely with the Experimental Studio of the German Radio (SWR). Numerous CD productions and recordings (Ferneyhough, Clark, Spahlinger, Mahnkopf, Wolpe with Heinz Holliger) document the great versatility of the ensemble. The ensemble is based in Freiburg, Germany.