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Music.  New York,  25/06/2017

Placa Base Col•lectiu Instrumental performs music by Catalan and Balearic contemporary composers in New York

Placa Base Col.lectiu Instrumental, a cultural organization from the Balearic Islands, partners with the Institut Ramon Llull to promote contemporary electroacustic music by Catalan and Balearic composers in New York. Founded in 2015 and formed by eleven instrumentalists specializing in vanguard music, Placa Base organizes events focused on technology and its relation to the creativity and the arts, mainly contemporary music. The international debut of Placa Base Col.lectiu Instrumental will take place at Jack in Brooklyn, with a performance by countertenor Javier Hagen and Ulrike Mayer-Spohn on recorders, with Joan Bagés and Mateu Malondra playing electronics.


Luis Codera Puzo: oscillation ou interstice (voice and bass recorder)

Octavi Rumbau: Cantiga vazia (voice, recorder + electronics)

Mateu Malondra: Sicut aedificationem (voice, recorder + electronics)

Javier Hagen: Peregrina (voice, recorder + electronics)

Joan Bagés: meta-morphe (voice, basset recorder + electronics)


Placa Base Col•lectiu Instrumental: 

Both tenor and countertenor, Javier Hagen is one of the most surprising classical singers of his generation. With an exceptional 4 octave vocal range, he has premiered more than 200 oeuvres at prestigious contemporary music festivals all over the world collaborating with some of the most distinguished 20th and 21st century composers such as Aribert Reimann, Mauricio Kagel, Pierre Mariétan, Peter Eötvös, Guo Wenjing, Stefano Gervasoni, with leading concrete poetry and constructive art artists such as Eugen Gomringer, Mauricio Rosenmann,Rolf Schroeter, Günther Uecker as well as with young aspiring composers. Javier Hagen was born in Barcelona, Spain and raised between 6 languages in Valais, Switzerland and the Mediterranean. Composition under the tutelage ofHeiner Goebbels and Wolfgang Rihm, vocal training as a tenor and countertenor under Roland Hermann, Alain Billard and Nicolai Gedda, Lied with Irwin Gage, Hartmut Höll and Ernst Haefliger, ancient music with Karel van Steenhoven and Kees Boeke. Guest at festivals for new and early music in Donaueschingen, Strasbourg, Karlsruhe, Zurich, Lucerne, Geneva, Prague, Bologna, Milan, Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Adelaide, Riga, Avignon and Berlin. Numerous recordings for German, French, Russian, Latvian, Chinese, Czech and Swiss Radio and TV stations. Besides "standard" opera roles like Dardanus, Giulio Cesare, Zsupan and Pappacoda Javier Hagen premiered major roles in contemporary operas such as 'air à l'en verre' by Daniel Mouthon, 'eismeer' by Christoph Schiller, 'poem ohne held' by Regina Irman, 'esther de racine' by Boris Yoffe, 'Suite on The Madman's Diary' by Guo Wenjing, 'Marienglas' by Beat Gysin, 'Keyner nit' by Mathias Steinauer, 'Ushba et Tetnuld' by Nicolas Vérin and 'Les Musiciens de Brème' by Wen Deqing. Prize winner of international new music and composition competitions in 2001, 2004, 2008 in Basel, Lausanne and Düsseldorf. 2003 publication of his ver-rückten Volkslieder "s´sch mr alles 1 Ding" by "musiques suisses" on CD. Hagen's compositional oeuvre includes the instrumental, scenical and vocal genres as well as electroacoustic and installative works. His vocal works receive particular appreciation and are performed at festivals all around Europe (Europa Cantat Mainz, Klagenfurt and Basel 2004/06/08, Centre Culturel Suisse Paris) as well as in Central America (America Cantat), Canada, China, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia, Korea, Israel and the U.S. Together with Ulrike Mayer-Spohn, Hagen forms the duo UMS ´N JIP, which is dedicated to new musical settings for recorder, voice and electronics, being one of the activest contemporary music ensembles worldwide. Jury member of national and international contemporary music and composition contests. Javier Hagen lives in Brig (Valais/Switzerland) and is the director of Swiss contemporary music festival forum : : wallis.He presides ISCM Switzerland, IGNM-VS and is board member of swissfestivals association. Lectures and masterclasses at the universities of Moscow Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai, Hongkong, Istanbul, Thessaloniki, Basel a.o. Calls for expertises for the Hochschule der Künste HdK Berne, for Valais Government and for UNESCO (Intangible Cultural Heritage). In 2007 Hagen was nominated "Valaisan of the Year". In 2013 he is awarded the Prix Culturel du Canton du Valais.

Extraordinary diversity describes the composer and multi-instrumentalist Ulrike Mayer-Spohn who plays the recorder (with focus on contemporary music), as well as historical string instruments (fiddle and baroque violin). She studied composition and audio design with Erik Oña at the Studio of Electronic Music, Academy of Music, Basel, beginning to compose in 2007, and receiving commissions from the festival forum Valais and the international New Music Days, Shanghai. Her work has been performed by the Stuttgart Vocal soloists, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, Vertigo, DissonArt, L'Arsenale, cool a cappella (1st Prize world choir games 2008) and her own ensemble Ums' n Jip in Switzerland, France, Greece, Italy, Russia, Australi , the USA and China, premiered under the baton of Beat Furrer, Mark Foster, Tsung Yeh, Jürg Henneberger and Filippo Perocco and broadcast by the Swiss radio. She was awarded the 2nd Prize in the composition competition Culturescapes 2010, 2nd Prize in the composition competition at the Bern music festival 2011, the Scholarship Award for 2011 at the Music Village Mount Pelion in Greece and the Call for Scores Award L'Arsenale Treviso, Italy 2011. With the ensemble Ums' n Jip she has undertaken research in the field of musical theater (chamber operas One, Two, Three, Four, Five), live electronic music and sound spacialization. She studied recorder with Ulrike Mauerhofer at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe, with Conrad Steinmann and Corina Marti at the Schola Cantorum Basel before specializing in contemporary music and studying with Dorothea Winter at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. From 2009-11 she received a specialized master in contemporary performance at the HSM in Basel supervised by Jürg Henneberger, Marcus Weiss and Mike Svoboda and has taken masterclasses with Marion Verbruggen, Peter van Heyghen, Sebastien Marq and Gerd Lünenbürger. She studied baroque violin and viola with Martina Graulich and David Plantier and fiddle with Randal Cook in Basel. Ulrike Mayer-Spohn works with internationally leading composers and annually plays more than 20 world premieres dedicated to her, which she has recorded for the radio as well as VDE Gallo on CD. Together with the Swiss composer and singer Javier Hagen, she established the experimental new music duo Ums `N Jip for voice, recorder and electronics, which, alongside Ensemble Modern, Intercontemporain and Kronos is one of the most active ensembles worldwide and in 2011 won the prestigious MusiquePro scholarship. Since 1999, Ulrike Mayer-Spohn has also performed as a recorder player, violinist, violist and fiddle player in specialized early music ensembles such as the Amsterdam Barok Compagnie, Freitagsakademie, Collegium Musicum Stuttgart, La Chapelle Ancienne, Musica Poetica, Muscadin and La Morra and has performed in Germany, China, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.

Placa Base Col•lectiu Instrumental: 

Javier Hagen

Ulrike Mayer-Spohn

June 25, 2017


Doors open 8:30pm


505 1/2 Waverly Ave.

Brooklyn, NY

(btw Fulton St. and Atlantic Ave. in Clinton Hill)


Oficina Nova York


360 Lexington Avenue, 18th Floor.
Suite 1801
10017 New York
Tel. +1.212.782.3334