ENSEMBLE VORTEX International Festival of Contemporary Music Warsaw Autumn

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The Vortex Ensemble is a group of composers and musicians who work in Geneva. Out of a shared wish to create and present contemporary serious music, eleven professional musicians of African, Latin American, and European origin created an association in 2005 and organised a series of concerts. Success, the fruit of hard work of talented composers and highly professional musicians, was immediate. Since then, each season the Ensemble has organised three concerts where members present their new creations as well as three other concerts where they play pieces from their repertoire. Each event provides an opportunity to commission the composition of new music from various composers of different artistic directions. The group makes every effort to support young talents: they play new works of emerging composers at every concert. The work of Vortex combines the latest composition techniques with the diffusion of sound in space. Work with electroacoustic music is integral part of the creative process. 

Every concert programme includes works of acoustic, mixed and purely electronic music. The Vortex Ensemble has firmly established itself on the contemporary musical scene of Europe. It has been invited to perform by the Foundation Royaumont of France, STEIM (The Netherlands), Festival Archipel (Switzerland), festivals of contemporary music of Santiago, La Serena, and Buenos Aires. It collaborates with prestigious ensembles such as the Neue Vocalsolisten of Stuttgart, Ensemble Mondrian of Basel, Collectif CH.AU of Lausanne, and since 2012, Ensemble Phoenix of Basel. Ensemble Vortex is supported by the City and Canton of Geneva, Loterie Romande, Fondation Nicati–de Luze, and the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art.