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Elischa Kaminer is a composer, performer and theatre maker, whose work is located on the intersections of music theatre, sound art, electronic, concert, queer-pop and yiddish musics. Recent works for soloists like Mayah Kadish, Joseph Havlat, Sara Cubarsi and An-Laurence Higgins take on the form of a continuously evolving musical and choreographic score, moulded into and out of the specific performers’ very own artistry, humor, physicality and musicality.
His work has been showcased at theatres, concert halls and festivals across Europe, the U.S., Canada and Korea including performances at Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, KORZO Theatre Den Haag, Nationaltheater Mannheim, Schauspiel Hannover, Europâisches Zentrum der Künste Hellerau, Kampnagel Hamburg, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Sophiensäle Berlin, LOFFT Leipzig, Impulsefestival, Favoritenfestival, Wildwechsel Festival, Berlin Peforming Arts festival, Podium Festival, 918 Bathhurst Toronto, the Roy. O. Disney Hall Los Angeles and the Sungmisan Theatre Seoul.
Recent commissions include works for No Hay Banda, Montreal, The Rest is Noise NL, Canada based Ensemble Atlantica, NAS Duo, The Arch Sinfonia London, the Toronto Creative Music Lab and the Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin (KNM) as well as several collaborations with choreographers, video, fine artists and performance cllectives including LIGNA (Klasse Kinder!, 2018), CHICKS* freies performancekollektif (SOFT SKILLS, 2018, GARDEN OF CHICKS*, 2018, LOVE ME HARDER, 2018 and WHAT THE FUCK, 2020), Olivia Hyunsin Kim (Yellow Banana, 2019 and Miss Yellow and Me, 2017), Pinsker und Bernhardt (PAARE SIND FEINDLICHE INSELN) Viola Bittl (Musik mit Viola, 2016), Daliah Ziper (Hotel Kummer, 2016) and Julia Novacek (reisemobil-stellplatz 1230 / wien, 2015).
As of 2020, Kaminer is artistic director of London based experimental music group Ensemble x.y. From 2016 - 18, he was Associate Composer with the ensemble and co-curator of x.y FM, a monthly radio show on Resonance Extra commited to comissioning and broadcasting new music, sound and radio art.
From 2010-2014 Kaminer studied composition at the Royal Academy of Music, London followed by postgraduate studies at the Institut für Angewandte Theaterwissenschaften, Gießen supported by the Gerhard C. Starck Stiftung scholarship.
His work for the concert hall, exhibition spaces, film and theatre is often informed by both a playful approach as well as a critical reflection of the structural importance (or non-importance) of both musical and non-musical parameters involved in a live-performance setting. These may include thoughts on the interrelation of sound, choreography and scenography, as well as taking into account political and economic implications (and conditions) of the production and rehearsal process.
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