A new dance work by ¿grenzenlos? artistic director William Lane and Matthew Dewey is scheduled for a 2009 premiere in New York City at the HiFi Music Festival. The work, working title ‘Templum’ explores space as defined in ritual by auguries (Earth) and auspices (Sky). Earth and Sky are evoked as spiritual space and united through music / dance / projection.
About William Lane
Australian violist William Lane is a prize-winning solo artist, chamber musician, improviser, artistic director and collaborator. Recipient of a number of large scholarships and prize-winner at various international competitions, he has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over Australasia, Asia, Europe and North America. He studied under Jan Sedivka, Bruno Giuranna and Garth Knox, as well as in Germany at the International Ensemble Modern Akademie. He has been recipient of a number of awards and scholarships, including the Alcorso Scholarship, Asialink Fellowship, University of Tasmania Medal for the Arts, Llewelyn Award, Young Tasmanian of the Year for the Arts and an Ars Musica Australis Scholarship. He has twice been a finalist in the prestigious Freedman Fellowship Award.
William is Artistic Director of ¿grenzenlos?, an new music ensemble he founded dedicated to intercultural collaboration, based in New York City, Hamburg and Melbourne. For more information about ¿grenzenlos? click here
In 2007 William spent several months in India performing and researching as resident fellow of the ORKA-M International Institute of Innovative Music in Mumbai, on a research/performance scholarship from the Asialink Centre, The University of Melbourne.
As well as being Artistic Director of William is Acting Principal Viola of the string orchestra Ensemble Resonanz (Hamburg), as well as working on a freelance basis with Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt), the SMASH Ensemble (Salamance, Spain). As an orchestral musician he has worked with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and as Principal Viola with the Australian Youth Orchestra. Highlights of the 2007-08 season include performances with Ensemble Resonanz in Germany and the Middle East; solo recitals in New York, Australia, France, Italy and Mexico; and developing long-term artistic collaborations with interesting personalities, for example Samson Young (composer/ video artist) and Sebastien Roux (IRCAM-based sound artist). In addition, he will guest lecture and perform at universities in Australia, England, Ireland, Italy, Mexico and the U.S.A.
He has worked closely with some of the world’s great composers of today, including Helmut Lachenmann, Georges Aperghis, Steve Reich, Emmanuel Nunes and Gyorgy Kurtag; and has commissioned over a dozen exciting new works for viola.
¿grenzenlos? is a collective of like-minded musicians, composers and thinkers, some of the world’s most talented soloists of innovative music. Committed to serious cultural exchange in the contemporary arts, it’s activities are based out of New York City, Berlin and Melbourne.
¿grenzenlos? means ‘limitless’ or ‘borderless’ in German; the two question marks in its name signal that innovative music should always question these borders and limits. ¿grenzenlos? believes in the building of new languages through music.
¿grenzenlos? was officially founded in 2006 by violist William Lane after many years of planning. Throughout the course of 2005-2007 he assembled a network of almost 20 young soloists to act as the founding body of ¿grenzenlos?, most of whom he has worked with personally. Coming from over ten different countries and from a wide range of musical backgrounds, these musicians are some of the most talented in the field of innovative music. They have performed with, or are members of, such groups as Ensemble Modern, MusikFabrik NDR, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Ensemble Laboratorium, Elision, the Smash Ensemble and Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin. Their common bond is a natural curiosity to explore the boundaries and limits of intercultural collaboration.