Late night thoughts a few days into Klang Festival 2016.
Has the Sinfonietta format reached the end of its life? As fantastic as the ensemble of soloists might be, it no longer seems the most suitable place for new pieces. While sinfonietta musicians seem closer to their orchestral cousins, younger groups like Distractfold and Pampelmousse are more like bands. Less tied to repertoire and institutional organisational apparatus, they seem closer to the music they are playing. More aware of considering their concerts as a whole.
Distractfold was awarded the Kranichsteiner prize at the Darmstadt Ferienkurze 2014. A little on them and the shape of todays young ensembles at the end of this RNZ report.
100 Days of Something: 57 “More Like Bands” @distractfold #The100DayProject rdgr.me/u/1m9fu00