‘work in progress - Berlin' is dedicated to uncovering noteworthy trends and new directions in contemporary music. The international ensemble, which has been performing together in its current configuration since 2004, also endeavors to explore important works of recent decades and promote interesting but largely unknown works from the larger repertoire of contemporary music.
Since it was founded in 1988, the ensemble has performed many works of contemporary significance, among them numerous premieres, preparing the interpretations in close collaboration with the composer whenever possible. Over more than two decades of ongoing exchange with innovative artists -- from Helmut Lachenmann, Peter Ablinger, Jakob Ullmann, Hans-Joachim Hespos and Georg-Friedrich Haas to Mark Andre, Michael-Edward Edgerton, Alex Nowitz, Clara Maïda, Sylvia Fómina, Anno Schreier and Philipp Maintz – the ensemble has achieved a varied repertoire which has incorporated many of the most compelling contemporary works of their time.
As in its recent concerts featuring a work by Caspar de Gelmeni, the ensemble also takes care to support and promote talented newcomers. Additionally, the group undertakes regular one-year partnerships with guest composers, among them Jakub Sarwas in 2011.
In addition to concert performances at Berlin venues such as the Konzerthaus Berlin, the Philharmonic’s Chamber Music Hall, the Akademie der Künste, the Villa Elisabeth, the Berlinische Galerie, and Radialsystem V, the ensemble has also garnered international acclaim during guest appearances at numerous venues and festivals for new music in Germany and across Europe.
Since 2005, ‘work in progress – Berlin’ has also been active in musical theater. In addition to three productions featuring works by Sylvano Bussotti (La Passion selon Sade, Silvano Sylvano, Pièces de chair II) in the Werner Otto Hall of the Konzerthaus Berlin, the 2010 staging of Mark Andre’s “…22,12…” at Radialsystem V garnered attention from audiences and critics in Berlin and beyond. In 2013 the enthusiastically acclaimed co-production of Henri Pousseur’s “Votre Faust” in collaboration with Theater Basel was premiered in March at Radialsystem V Berlin and also shown in Basle / Switzerland in November.
Last but not least, ‘work in progress – Berlin’ endeavors to attend to the points of intersection with other genres such as jazz and early music, work together with artists from the realms of dance, the visual arts and multimedia, and bring the best of contemporary music to a larger audience through projects such as the “Amuse-Gueules Neuer Musik” series.
Artistic director of ‘work in progress – Berlin’ is since its foundation the composer and conductor Gerhardt Müller-Goldboom.