»It is the composition that actually provides the elementary lifesoil for this stream of thoughts, as it flows through primeval depths and naturalism along the crumbling edges of a society in a state of change. Stepha Schweiger permits the ensemble to breathe, sense and soar, to become consummate in space.« (Süd-West-Presse, 2018)
 
"...The Berliner with her distinctive voice is traversing dark untrodden paths between chamber pop, electronic noise, jazz and art music. Her new album is a bow to Katherine Mansfield, ... A deep, dramatic and enriching "piece of art"..." (Flight13, 2019)
 
»Music between upheaval and a retro effect, between evident delight in experimentation and a classic trim. ... Schweiger enhances the suspensive tension of sensually tender sound clusters to a melodiousness almost reminiscent of the free jazz experiments in the 1970s, one that lures us with its irresistible groove.« (Augsburger Allgemeine, 2018)
 
»Stepha Schweiger has composed a web of sounds more minimalistic in effect, one that emerges in a shimmer and with fine-spun tensions from her unique transformation of Virginia Woolf’s textual flow.« (nmz - neue musikzeitung, 2017)
 
 
Stepha Schweiger

 
Avantgarde composer, producer, director, singer/songwriter pianist.
 
In the 1980-s Stepha is active in the field of new wave, lateron in new music.
Her specific style advances in the fields of music theatre, experimental, industrial, free jazz, song, in the spectral technique of composition and in natural tuning.
 
Stepha Schweiger lives in Berlin
 
 
News:
The Maxi-Single Floryan nachdenklich (Jlin remix) was released end of march 2021.
The new album Stepha Schweiger - When I was a Bird appeared in spring 2020 on L’ST records / Broken Silence.


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On 4th und 5th Oktober 2019, 8 pm, the music theater The Mark on the Wall, based on the story of the same name by Virginia Woolf, was performed with reworked scene at Theater im Delphi Berlin.
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In July 2018 Stepha Schweiger releases her album - Now I’m a Plant - produced by Hanno Leichtmann with electronic sounds, basses and loops.
On October 10 2018 two remixes by Pyrolator and In the garden of beauty follow.
In June 2019 the CD Now I’m a Plant, including the remixes, is out.
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October 06 2018 "ver-blich" for double bass and electronics is premiered in a new version for IKO loudspeaker of the institute for electronic music of Kunstuni Graz at musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst, Graz.
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In 2017 Stepha Schweiger premieres her 100 minutes long music theatre work "The Mark on the Wall", she composed for the singer and performer Anna Clementi based on the story of the same name by Virginia Woolf from 1917 - for singer, speaker, dancer, ensemble, electronics - at Tete a Tete-Festival in London, followed by scenic performances - direction by Sebastian Bauer - at Acker Stadt Palast Berlin, at Festival für neue Musik, Klanghaus Ulm in April 2018 and at Theater im Delphi Berlin in October 2019.

 
Biography and worklist:
 
As a child: creations of performance and audio recordings. Piano lessons and choir singing, five years at dancing school Krippner Regensburg. At school: first encounter with 12-tone music and electronic music. Studies in philosophy, musicology, linguistic, and activities in the fields of indie and experimental music. 

Studies in composition at the Hochschule (now Universität) der Künste Berlin among others under Gösta Neuwirth as Meisterschüler, as well as with Walter Zimmermannand Friedrich Goldmann. Further studies with Horatiu Radulescu, as well as with Helmut Lachenmann, Earle Brown and Barbara Monk Feldman, as well as Experimental Music Theatre with Dieter Schnebel and Daniel Ott. Piano studies with Cristian Petrescu and Larry Porter. One-year-course at the Ircam Paris, and at the Institute of Sonology, Conservatory The Hague.
 
Lectures and workshops (selection): at the Institut für Neue Musik Berlin ("Luciano Berio: Sequenze-Meisterkurs"), at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler Berlin (Reihe "Komponieren zur Zeit", and Mentoring: Diploma about Tristan Murail), at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA (Composers Symposium, Lectures and Workshop in Composition), at the Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln (Microtonal Projects) and others.
 
In 1993 Stepha Schweiger created her first experimental music theatre 1au9tu9mn3, commissioned by the Berlin Senate. Her works are performed internationally and are featured on radio and TV.
 
Stepha Schweiger’s texts on "composition, language and everyday life" and intonation are edited in KunstMusik World Edition Köln, KunstZeitung Usedomer Kunstverein, Positionen (review).
Worked on analysing destinctive compositions from the second half of the 20th century with an efficient method in respect to their organisation in time.
 
Her music has been published on the labels Subup Records Munic, GGM Galler Musikverlag Berlin, little salt and others.
 
Since the 1980-s Cassette/LP/Single/CD/DVD releases, as well as 2006-17 in the song project "Stepha" with the CD "Through the Screen" in 2006. Lately, in 2015/2016, Stepha released the Indie-Pop-EP "Dissolve into" (CD/Vinyl). In 2018 the album "Now I’m a Plant" produced by Hanno Leichtmann and two remixes by Pyrolator and Inthegardenofbeauty.
 
 

She performs and her works are performed among others at:

 

musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst Graz

Tete a Tete Opera Festival London

Staatsoper Berlin Unter den Linden, Atonale

Festival Agora, Ircam Paris

Suoni del Corpo Festival Rom

Festival für neue musik KlangHaus UIm

Composers Symposium, Albuquerque, University of New Mexico, USA

Werkschau Senat Berlin

Pyramidale Festival Berlin

Kulturbrauerei Berlin

Künstlerhaus Bethanien Berlin

Theater im Delphi Berlin

Acker Stadt Palast Berlin

BKA Club Konzerte Berlin

Kunstprojekt Karlshof

Frauenmusiktage Weimar

Darmstädter Ferienkurse

Randfestspiele Zepernick

Lucero Festival Paris

and at more festivals and events in Germany, Switzerland, England, Italy, Czechia, Turkey and Brazil.

 

 

 

Stepha Schweiger                                     works (selection)

 

 

 

Titel (year)              instrumentation        duration / details / place and year of creation / production

 

 

 

 

 

Saprobie (1989/90) trumpet, saxophone, piano, 2 violins, double bass 13

 

 

Nine Pieces (1990) film-music for trumpet, trombone, saxophone, percussion, piano/synthesizer, 2 violins, viola, double bass 9 / selected at shortfilm festival Oberhausen / Berlin 1990

 

 

Songs 1 (1992) voice(s), piano ca. 30

 

 

Erspähet (1990/1992) alto-voice, piano 5

 

 

Sp19ri9ng one (1991) piano 20/1992

 

 

The Swing (1991/1999) variable string trio free /1996

 

 

Envelopes (1993) experimental music-theatre for one singer (text: Antonin Artaud and from newspapers) free /1993

 

 

amidst (1993) experimental music-theatre for singer, actor and pianist (prepared piano) free /1993

 

 

Words (1993) for speaking voice (text: Andrej Tarkowskij) /1993

 

 

1au9tu9mn3 (1993) experimental music-theatre for four variable instruments and dance (1) 60 /1993

 

 

Stück für einen Menschen (1994) for one or endlessly many persons free / 1994

 

 

Stück für einen Stromzähler, einen tropfenden Wasserhahn und eine Person (1994) for one performer free

 

 

28 (1994) experimental music-theatre for flute, clarinet, horn, trombone, violoncello, double bass 28 /1994

 

 

La Crescenza di 49 (1994) flute, clarinet, violoncello, double bass 7 /1994

 

 

Floréal (1994) flute 5 /2012

 

 

Solo für Ebba (1994) flute 60 /1994

 

 

Sites (1994) horn, violoncello 18 /1994

 

 

metaxy 1 (1995) experimental music-theatre solo for singing-/speaking voice/performance (texts taken from dreams and experiences by the singer/performer) free /1996

 

 

Vahide (1995) solo for singing violoncellist 19 /1995

 

 

ekloge (1996/97) mezzo-soprano, viola, guitar, percussion (text: Virgil) 10 /1997

 

 

frango phragmón (1996/97) accordion 5 /1997

 

 

Ashra (1997) experimental music-theatre for singing-/speaking voice (1), speaking voice/performance (1), percussionists (2) (text: Kabir) 89 /1997

 

 

Sommerregen (1997) choir (text: Thomas Bernhard) 6

 

 

Skira (1997) flute, violoncello, accordion 14 /1997

 

 

the garden of flowers (1997) mezzo-soprano (text: Kabir) 10 /1997

 

 

pandory (1997) marimba, piano 13 /1998

 

 

Spirkel (1998) theatre-music for oboe, horn 13 /1998

 

 

exilata (1998) soprano, clarinet (text: Emile M. Cioran) 5 /1998, also for soprano, flute /2013, and for soprano, bassoon

 

 

asphodels 1-7 (1999) trumpet, possibly amplified 4 /1999

 

 

Fresko - Crocifissione (1999) large orchestra 7

 

 

sum1999mer (1999) experimental piece for violin 10 /1999

 

 

sum1999mer 1 - 8* (99 / 00) experimental pieces for violin /trombone /(mezzo-) soprano /bass-  voice (Goethe) /piano / flute /guitar /clarinet free /since 1999

 

 

Postkarte - Erzengel-Michael-Teppich (2000) based on a carpet from the Domschatz Halberstadt, the motive of a postcard received from Peter Ablinger, for large ensemble: 2 fl, ob, 2 cl, bass, horn, trp, trb, tuba, sax, harp, piano, 2 perc,2 vl, 2vla, 2 vc, db 13

 

 

ver-blich (2001) double bass, sound processed in real time, electronics 14 /2002

 

 

Spur (2002/03) string trio (vl, vla, vc), 5 parts, studio recording by Ensemble Faktor3, Hamburg 2015, 15, rough mix: soundcloud

 

 

BerlinTaumel (2002/03) electronic composition, 10 parts 20 / Institute of Sonology, Den Haag, Acker Stadt Palast Berlin 2016

 

 

sum1999mer’ (1999/2004) for Hilary Jeffery, experimental piece for trombone, possibly electrified 9 /2004 / Amsterdam 2004

 

 

Schneefeld (2004) concert guitar, possibly electrified 5 /2005

 

 

asphodels 8-10 (2004) double-bass, possibly electrified 3 / 2012

 

 

perpetual (2005) harp, possibly electrified 8 /2005

 

 

Songs 2 (2004-2012) voice, piano / guitar or band 120 /2006-2012

 

 

Engel (2011) Scene f. harp, accordion and digital medium with voice (text: Lil Steen) 16 /2011

 

 

Totraum (in memoriam H.B.) (2011/12) violoncello 10 /2012

 

 

frango phragmón extended (1996/97 /2012) accordion, electronically reworked 10

 

 

Sites (new version) (1994 /2011/12) violoncello and horn 11 / 2012

 

  

d. o. a. r. (2010-2013) string-quartet with speaking voice

 

 

d. o. a. r. (2010/2013/2015) string-quartet with speaking voice, scenic version

 

 

hiddensee 2 for Roman Trekel and Isa von Wedemeyer (2013) baritone and cello (Text: Ulrike Draesner), commissioned by Bezirk Berlin-Steglitz-Zehlendorf / Berlin Schwartzsche Villa 2013

 

 

Songs 3 (2014-2015)

 

 

Three Early Fluxus Pieces ( ... / 2015)

 

 

Durcharbeiten - dedicated to Dieter Schnebel on the occasion of his 85th Geburtstag - for Anna Clementi and Ariane Jeßulat (2015) for a singer/speaker/performer and a pianist/speaker/performer, Berlin, Akademie der Künste 2015

 

 

Das Geräusch einer Hand denken (2015) scenic work, text score for trombone, saxophone, accordion, violin

 

 

Envelopes (1993/2016) new version: inspired and performed by Natalia Pschenitschnikowa, Berlin 2016, Unerhörte Musik

 

 

Frost Pattern - Eisblume (2016) for e guitar and bass flute with scenic elements, optionally performed with electronic sounds, planned for Darmstädter Ferienkurse 2016 and premiered in November 2019, Köln Alte Feuerwache, Trio NYT: Pavel Tseliapnou, Stephan Wolke, Emanuel Wittersheim

 

 

The Mark on the Wall (2003 / 2014 - 2017), musical theatre based on the short story of the same name by Virginia Woolf, 100 Min, world premieres in 2017-2018: concertante in London, Tete a Tete festival, scenic in Berlin, Acker Stadt Palast, and in Baden-Württemberg at Festival KlangHaus Ulm, funded by the LAFT and the ministery Baden-Württemberg

TRAILER based on an idea by Aniara Amos: youtube

 

 

Connecting… Scetch for 4 electric Organs and fixed electronics, Elisabethkirche Berlin, May 2017, Thomas Noll, Nathan Plante, Silke Lange, Sebastian Elikowski-Winkler und Ferdinand Breil, Elektronik

 

 

 

Koi (2017), Electronic Tape, Text: Anna Hetzer, Sprechstimme: Stepha Schweiger, Acker Stadt Palast Berlin 2017

 

 

 

Koi Song (2017), for Anna Clementi, Performance with Voice and Electronics, including fragments of Women s March by Ethel Smyth,  Brasilien 2017, funded by the City of Berlin

 

 

 

Drunken Trees (2018), fixed electronic composition, commissioned by Pacifico Exercises, funded by INM Berlin, Acker Stadt Palast Berlin, March 2018

 

 

 

ver.blich (2001 / 2018), double bass and electronics, 2018 for Margarethe Maierhofer-Lischka and IKO loudspeaker, asigned by Peter Venus, reworked for musikprotokoll at Steirischer Herbst Graz, October  2018

 

 

 

Now I’m a Plant (2012-2018), Songs nach Katherine Mansfield, produziert von Hanno Leichtmann, CD 2019, Wien WOW-Signal, Graz Cafe Wolf, Moosburg Jazzclub Hirsch, 2019

 

 

 

Pas d Asphodeles (2017/18) for Nathan Plante, Trumpet and Electronic Tape

 


 

Take a Seat (2019), vocals and performance: Natalia Pschenitschnikowa, electronics, commissioned by Pacifico Exercises II, choreography and dance: Mariangela Tinelli, founded by INM Berlin, Acker Stadt Palast Berlin, april 2019

 

 

 

Rook Song (2019), for ensemble with electronics and video, commissioned by Pyramidale Berlin, September 2019, Ensemble via nova Weimar youtube

 

 

 

Rook Organ (2019), adaption of Rook Song for Thomas Noll, Orgel, November 2019, St. Emmaus Church Berlin

 

 

When I was a Bird (2017-2020), Songs based on Katherine Mansfield poems, produced by Pyrolator, CD, Vinyl 2020, Frannzclub Berlin / RBB, radioeins 2020