Jürg Frey

Concerts

2019

Rezé (F) La Soufflerie, 27 Novembre
Jürg Frey: Grounds of Memory
(2018/2019)

for soprano and chamber ensemble
Peyee Chen, soprano
Quatuor Bozzini
Ensemble Dedalus



 Huddersfield, November 24
Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival
Jürg Frey: Grounds of Memory
(2018/2019)
World Premiere

for soprano and chamber ensemble
Peyee Chen, soprano
Quatuor Bozzini
Ensemble Dedalus


Columbia, SC, November 19, 7:30pm
701 Center for Contemporary Art
Jürg Frey: Unhörbare Zeit (string quartet and percussion)
New Sounds Quartet:

Isabel Ong, violin 
Kai-Yi Zhang, violin
Calvin Green, viola 
Alberto Pelisier, cello

Greg Stuart, percussion

Adia Caldwell, Percussion


Tokyo, ftarri Festival, November 11
Jürg Frey: In Memoriam Cornelius Cardew
Dante Boon, piano

Essen, 2. November 
Jürg Frey: Elemental Realities
für Orchester
SWR Symphonieorchester
Dirigent: Tito Ceccherini

Aberdeen, sound festival,  October 23
Jürg Frey: Out of Chorales
EXAUDI, James Weeks, Conductor

Brussels, Brigittines, October 23
Jürg Frey: Metal, Stone, Skin, Foliage, Air
Ictus Ensemble Géry Cambier, Tom De Cock, Gerrit Nulens, Aya Suzuki

Kragujevac, Convivium Musicum 22. Oktober
Jürg Frey: Fragile Balance
Ensemble Studio 6 Belgrade

Donaueschingen, 20. Oktober 17 Uhr
Jürg Frey: Elemental Realities
für Orchester
(Uraufführung / Kompositionsauftrag des SWR)
SWR Symphonieorchester
Dirigent: Tito Ceccherini

Subotica, Jazziré Festival 19. Oktober
Jürg Frey: Fragile Balance
Ensemble Studio 6 Belgrade

Chicago, 18. Oktober Elastic Art
Jürg Frey: Fragile Balance
a.pe.ri.od,ic, Nomi Epstein piano

Marijampolė, Lithuania Medynes Festival, 12. Oktober
Jürg Frey: toucher l'air (Birbyne) (UA)
Carol Robinson, Birbyne

London, 30. September Café OTO
Jürg Frey: Three Piano Pieces
Dante Boon, Piano

Geel (B), huis perrekes, 22. September
Jürg Frey: Three Piano Pieces (No.1)
Guy Vandromme, Piano

Basel, Humbug, 20. September
Jürg Frey: touchier l'air (quatre percussions) (UA)
Ensemble This Ensemble That

Valencia (CA), Cal Arts, 17. September,
Jürg Frey - Circular Music No. 7

Tim Feeney percussion, Andrew McIntosh violin

 

Huddersfield, 27th May, St.Paul's Hall
Jürg Frey: Guiarist, alone
Cristian Alvear, Guitar

London, May 22nd, Café OTO
Jürg Frey: Sächelchen
Cristian Alvear, Guitar

London, May 21st, Café OTO
Apartment House Residency
Jürg Frey: Paysage pour Gustave Roud 
Jürg Frey: Three Piano Pieces (WP)
Jürg Frey: Fragile Balance
Jürg Frey: New Piece (WP) 
Philip Thomas, Apartment House

Den Haag, 25. April,  Korzo Studio
Jürg Frey: Grizzana
Ensemble oerkanal

Utrecht, 18. April, Club Fluxus
Jürg Frey: Grizzana
Ensemble oerkanal

London, 22 March, Milton Court
Jürg Frey: Out of Chorales (UKp)
EXAUDI, James Weeks, director

Berlin, 5. März, KM28
Jürg Frey: 60 Pieces of Sound
Eric Wong and Denis Sorokin guitar, Johnny Chang Viola

Brugge, February, 23/February, 24, slow festival
Jürg Frey: Ferne Farben
Jürg Frey: Metal, Skin, Foliage, Air

Tom De Cock et Joris Blanckaert : direction artistique
Étudiants du Ghent Advanced Master Ensemble

Brugge, February, 23, slow festival
Jürg Frey: String Trio (World premiere)
Goeyvaerts Trio

Brooklyn,( NY), 20. Februar
Areté Venus and Gallery
Jürg Frey: Ohne Titel (Zwei Violinen)
STRING NOISE
Conrad Harris, Pauline Kim violins

New York (NY), 16th February 
Mise-en-place

Jürg Frey: Colours of Silence

2 Casio Keyboards, Percussion

Teodora Stepančić,  Assaf Gidron Keyboards

Martin Lorenz percussion

Valencia (Santa Clarita), 12th February, CalArts

Jürg Frey: Colours of Silence

2 Casio Keyboards, Percussion

Teodora Stepančić,  Assaf Gidron Keyboards

Martin Lorenz percussion


Oakland, Studio Grand, 11th February, 

Jürg Frey: Colours of Silence

2 Casio Keyboards, Percussion

Teodora Stepančić,  Assaf Gidron Keyboards

Martin Lorenz percussion

 

London, January 27,  Cafe OTO
Jürg Frey: One-Day Residency
2pm Jürg Frey & Anton Lukoszevieze
7.30pm Electronics and loudspeaker pieces, curated by Phil Julian

Barcelona,  January 27, L'auditori
Jürg Frey: Shadow and Echo and Jade, for 8 voices
Jürg Frey: Out of Chorales for 8 voices
(World premiere)
EXAUDI, James Weeks, director

Barcelona, 22. January, MUSEU DE LA MÚSICA
Opening
Jürg Frey: Five Shadow and Echo Fields
Soundinstallation

Tilburg, De Link, 22. January
Jürg Frey: Windwörter
Keren Motseri soprano, Joseph Puglia violin

Valencia/Los Angeles 19. January
CalArts, Wild Beast
Jürg Frey: Architektur der Empfindungen
CalArts Students, Andew McIntosh Director

Zürich, 14. Januar Theater Stock
Jürg Frey: Circular Music No.6
Peter K. Frey, Daniel Studer, Kontrabass, Alfred Zimmerlin, Cello
Jürg Frey, Karinette








Discography

120 Pieces of Sound

Ordinary Affects (Morgan Evans-Weiler violin, Luke Martin guitar, Laura Cetilia cello, J.P.A. Falzone keyboards), Jürg Frey, clarinet,  bass clarinet

elsewhere 003

 

Early to late

Jürg Frey: Late Silence (+Magnus Granberg)

Grizzana Ensemble

Another Timbre at121

 

Jürg Frey: L’âme est sans retenue (I)

Jürg Frey, electronics

Erstwhile Records ErstClass 002-5

 

Jürg Frey: Ephemeral Constructions

University of South Carolina Experimental Music Workshop, Greg Stuart (director)

Edition Wandelweiser Tecords EWR 1709


Jürg Frey: Collection Gustave Roud

Jürg Frey clarinet, Stephen Altoft, trumpet, Andrew McIntosh violin, Stefan Thut cello, Regula Konrad, soprano, Lee Ferguson, percussion, Dante Boon piano. 

Another Timbre at115x2
The recording was recommended on the list of 10 notable recordings by Alex Ross (THE NEW YORKER) in 2017.

 

Jürg Frey: Circles and Landscapes

Philip Thomas, Piano

Another Timbre at91

 

Jürg Frey: grizzana and other pieces 2009 – 2014

Another Timbre at86x2

 

Jürg Frey: string quartet no. 3 / unhörbare Zeit

Quatuor Bozzini, Lee Ferguson, Christian Smith

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 1507

The CD was at the top of the list of 10 notable recordings in THE NEW YORKER (Alex Ross) 2016

 

Jürg Frey: guitarist, alone

Cristián Alvear

Another Timbre / Cathnor at86x2 / Cath021

 

Jürg Frey: Portrait

Mondrian Ensemble, Konus Quartett

Grammont Portrait CTS-M 144

 

Jürg Frey: 24 Wörter

Regula Konrad, Sopran, Andrew McIntosh, Violine, Dante Boon, Klavier

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 1407

 

Jürg Frey: more or less

a.pe.ri.od.ic; Leitung: Nomi Epstein

New Focus Recordings FCR151

 

Jürg Frey: Pianist, alone 1 & 2

R. Andrew Lee, Piano

Irritable Hedgehog IHM 021 (x2)

 

Jürg Frey: Instruments, Field Recordings, Counterpoint 

(+Radu Malfatti:shoguu)

Jürg Frey clarinet, Radu Malfatti, trombone

Erstwhile Records 072-2

 

Jürg Frey: Piano Music

R. Andrew Lee, Piano

Irritable Hedgehog IHM 006

 

Jürg Frey: Metall, Stone, Skin, Foliage, Air (1996-2001)

Nick Hennings, Percussion

L’innomable records 

 

Jürg Frey: Weites Land, tiefe Zeit

8 Cds, elektronisch

b-boim records

 

Jürg Frey: 22 Sächelchen (+ Antoine Beuger: dedekind duos)

DuoContour

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 0906

 

Jürg Frey: Landschaft mit Wörtern (Installation)

Jürg Frey, Sprache, Mundharmonika

b-boim records

 

Jürg Frey: Streichquartette

Quatuor Bozzini

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 0410

 

Jürg Frey: Klavierwerke1978–2001 

John McAlpine, Klavier 

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 0201

 

Jürg Frey: Ohne Titel (2 Violinen) (+ Luigi Nono: Hay que caminar, sognando)

Joanna Becker, Clemens Merkel, Violine

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 0103

 
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Antoine Beuger: Two / too

Jürg Frey, Klarinette; Irene Kurka, Sopran

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 0903/04

 

Christian Wolff: Stones. Wandelweiser Komponisten-Ensemble

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 9604

 

Jürg Frey, Klarinette, Bassklarinette. Werke von Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolff, Burkhard Schlothauer, Jürg Frey

Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 9608

 

Jürg Frey, Klarinette. Antoine Beuger: dialogues (silences), John Cage: Music for One Edition Wandelweiser Records EWR 9607


Biography

Jürg Frey was born in Aarau in 1953. After studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genèvein Thomas Friedli’s solo class, he began a career as a clarinettist. Later his composing activity became increasingly important. He was subsequently invited by various institutions to give workshops, lectures and retrospective events about his work. He has been a guest at the Berlin University of Arts, at Dortmund University, at University of California San Diego, and several times at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. and at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA.

 

He developed his own language as a composer and  sound artist with the creation of wide, quiet sound spaces. His work is marked by an elementary non-extravagence of sound, a sensibilty for the qualities of the material, and precision of compositional approach.

His music is published by Edition Wandelweiser. Jürg Frey is a member of the Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble that gives concerts in Europe, North America and Japan.

 

Important stages in his public activity and his compositional development were his concerts and collaborations with the pianist John McAlpine from Cologne, with Radu’s w.i.r. (Vienna), the Bozzini Quartet(Montréal), the QO-2 Ensemble(Brussels), the performance group Die Maulwerker, the incidental music ensemble, the Chicago based a.pe.ri.od.icand the American pianist R. Andrew Lee, and the UK pianist Philip Thomas. 

 

Jürg Frey has received invitations from renowned institutions such as MaerzMusik(Berlin), the Rheinisches Musikfest(Cologne), Interpretations(New York), the Centre Culturel Suisse(Paris), Constellations(Chicago) and Donaueschingen Musiktage

He has particularly often been the guest of small, creative concert organizers such asKlangraum Düsseldorf, music we’ d like to hear(London), Ny Musik Boras(Sweden), The Dog Star Orchestra(Los Angeles), heim.art Neufelden(Austria) The Miniaturist Ensemble(New York), Klang im Turm(Munich), a.pe.ri.od.ic(Chicago), Louth Contemporary Music Society (Ireland),the wulf (Los Angeles), and Ordinary Affects (Boston).

 

His recordings are publiehd by Edition Wandelweiser Records (Germany),b-boim records, (Austria), L’innomable records (Slovenia), Irritable Hedgehog (US),Cathnor (UK), Grammont(Switzerland) Erstwhile Records (US) New Focus Redcordings(US) ftarri(JAP), Another Timbre (UK) and elsewhere (US).

 

In 2010 he was the guest composer at the Other Minds Festival of New Musicin San Francisco.  In 2015 he was the Composer in Residence at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival(UK). 

 

 

 

 

 





Jürg Frey: Third String Quartet CD review — an audaciously fragile performance


By Kate Molleson in the Guardian, December 17,  2015
The group’s recording of the half-hour piece is beautiful for the up-close, quiet, grainy realness of the string timbres

Swiss composer Jürg Frey said recently that all good music should be felt in some part of the body, and that his music is intended to be felt just inside of the ear drum. It’s a neat image from the master of calm instrumental textures — a Wandelweiser group composer who explores silence as much as sound and writes egoless music that feels as though it’s always existed. Montréal’s Bozzini Quartetgave a virtuosically still performance of his Third String Quartet at this year’s Huddersfield Contemporary Music festival, and the group’s recording of the half-hour piece is beautiful for the up-close, quiet, grainy realness of the string timbres, every bow hair and every arm quiver audible. It’s an audaciously fragile performance. Also on the disc is an earlier Frey work, Unhörbare Zeit(Inaudible Times), made of danker chords and even longer open vistas.