True to their name, this is an airy little ensemble with big sound: four transverse flutes and ten recorders—from sopranino to contrabass recorder—are among their instruments, along with a harpsichord, other keyboards, and a harp. This extremely unusual lineup gives the musicians a vast breadth of possibilities in terms of register, timbre potential, and volume range, as reflected by the word “extended” in the ensemble’s name. The fascinating repertoire of this quartet, that was founded in 2013, is gradually growing: owing to the aforementioned rare combination of instruments, it is primarily commissioned works and premieres that are characteristic of airborne extended’s concerts. For their relaxed afternoon concert at musikprotokoll, the musicians present no fewer than six premieres of the next generation—pieces by young composers created together with the ensemble in the context of their studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.
Soyeon Park, Nocturned, premiere
Martin Ritter, Copernican Principle, premiere
Alyssa Aksa, Chrysocolla, premiere
Milica Vujadinovic, Teppich aus Ägypten, premiere
Jinwook Jung, “Bom?”, premiere
Juan Pablo Trad Hasbun, El nombre del lugar en donde se encuentra la vida, premiere
Harpsichord, keyboard: Sonja Leipold
Recorders, Paetzold: Caroline Mayrhofer
Transverse flutes: Doris Nicoletti
Harp: Tina Žerdin
Project supervision: Clemens Gadenstädter, airborne extended
A production of Institute 1: Composition, Music Theory, Music History, and Conducting at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz. In cooperation with ORF musikprotokoll. With the kind support of ISCM – International Society for Contemporary Music.