s t a r g a z e is a network of multi-talented and classicallytrained
European musicians; in addition to operating as an
orchestral collective, stargaze is also initiating collaborations and
projects in the field of contemporary pop-, electronic and classical
music, as well as programming concerts with compositions introducing
different facets of today’s music to new audiences.
stargaze built up an instrumental repertoire, including Chamber
Variations by Deerhoof (released on Transgressive Records), compositions
by David Lang, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Richie Parry (Arcade
Fire), Qasim Naqvi and their own renditions of Steve Reich’s Music for
Pieces of Wood, Boards of Canada’s HI SCORES as well as starting a
series of re-interpretations of Terry Riley’s In C, performing it with
Nils Frahm, Matthew Herbert, Tyondai Braxton, Mouse on Mars and Riley
The collective was honored to record part of Bryce Dessner’s
compositions for The Revenant (by Alejandro Iñárritu).
In 2014 stargaze launched their own festival at Volksbühne Berlin, a
long-weekender reflecting the collective’s approach and featuring
exclusive collaborations with My Brightest Diamond, Pekka Kuusisto, Holy
Other and Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory.
A second festival edition featured German premieres of compositions by
Jonny Greenwood as well as rarely performed works by Bartók, Ligeti and
A Hawk and a Hacksaw.
stargaze and their artistic leader André de Ridder had the honor to
curate and perform the BBC Proms- Tribute Concert for David Bowie 2016,
sharing the stage with John Cale, Amanda Palmer, Anna Calvi, Philip
Jaroussky and many more.
They’ve co-curated Michelberger Music, accompanied by friends and
colleagues Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Vincent Moon, Aaron & Bryce Dessner
(The National) and Ryan Olson (Polica), a festival that re-defined the
meaning of musicians and creative processes in a group featuring unique
collaborations and one-off shows.
As a collaborator on stages and in studios worldwide stargaze has worked
with Lee Ranaldo, Polica, Owen Pallett, Villagers, ice age, These New
Puritans, Matmos, Julia Holter and many more – creating new material
merging the sound of the collective with the voice of the soloist.
They appeared for example at Holland Festival, Rewire, Kunstfestspiele
Herrenhausen, Ruhrtriennale, November Music, Sacrum Profanum Krakow,
Musica Nova Helsinki, Kammerspiele München, Barbican Centre London,
Cologne Philharmonie, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Philharmonie de Paris,
Haldern Pop Festival and Eaux Claires Festival.
stargaze played their US Debut for Liquid Music Series in November 2016,
with follow-up visits at Eaux Claires Festival in 2017 and concerts in
New York City, Boston, Chicago and Cincinnati in the upcoming season.
In 2017,2018 they will be guests at Gaudeamus Festival, Philharmonie de
Paris, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Muziekgebouw Amsterdam, Cross-Linx
Festival Netherlands and more to come.
EP and 12 inch releases:
stargaze is signed by Transgressive Records London since 2014 and
release the EP „Deerhoof Chamber Variations“ in December 2014 as well as
the 12 inch „Bruise Blood: Reimagining Steve Reich’s Music for Pieces of
Wood“ featuring US-Band Polica in July 2017. LP with Polica and first
Solo-LP are planned for 2018!