s t a r g a z e

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!