Marcus Schmickler - Demos (for choir, chamber quintet & electronic music)
Demos is Schmickler’s most ambitious work to date. Premiered in March 2004 in Cologne, the piece went on a triumphal trip through half of Europe. Abstract and strepitous electronic sounds blend in an illustrative way with the dramatic performances of the choir. Demanding, disturbing and suggestive in its idiosyncratic blend of sounds, this is a music which passes on the spirit of such luminaries as the late Gyorgy Ligeti (Requiem), Jani Christou or Iannis Xenakis (Medea), but which in Schmickler’s contemporary attitude gains a wholly different significance. Complementing the album are two excerpts of schmickler’s musical arrangements for theatre productions.