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MCMG 29. November 2020

Jolly Hard Times
Contemporary music livestream

What to do when a concert tour from Munich to Georgia fails due to a virus and encounters between artists are inevitably reduced to virtual space?
Ensemble MCMG and voice artist Julia Wahren make distance and obstacles the theme of their music and performance. They interact with musicians in Tbilisi. They integrate georgian soundscapes into their music - and vice versa. They interact with the audience. And they all play together, despite thousands of kilometers of distance and latency.
Music at the intersection between composition and improvisation, across borders and genres. Interactive, risky, funny and highly communicative. One hundred percent today.

Karina Erhard - flute
Eka Kuparadze - piano
Christoph Reiserer – saxophone, clarinet
Georg Karger - bass

Julia Wahren – voice (Munich)
Christopher Manning, Zuka Mchedlishvili – various instruments (Tbilisi)

MCMG performs contemporary music within unusual concert situations. With flute, clarinet/saxophone, double bass and piano the ensemble realizes premiers of new compositions and cooperates with artists from various fields.

Julia Wahren makes sound and voice art, performance and film, on stages and in public spaces, in Munich and internationally, and enjoys working with colleagues from all corners of the globe. She combines the disciplines depending on the topic, much of it under her label SOUND ART + DRAMA.

Christopher Manning is a young New York-native eclectic and experimental artist, who now resides in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Zuka Mchedlishvili is a Georgian musician and sound artist from Tbilisi, Georgia


Julia Wahren (*1968)
infectious Intermezzo after Kurt Schwitters for voice & ensemble

Michael Emanuel Bauer (*1974)
Brainf*ck (2019)
for voice, flute & piano

Julia Wahren, Karina Erhard (*1972)
High Hygiene
Corona rules for ensemble & voice

Christoph Reiserer (*1966)
for ensemble & audience

Karina Erhard, Julia Wahren
Loloop for John Donne. Noboy Is an Island.
for loop, voice & ensemble
Texts: Albert Camus ‘The Plague’; John Donne ‘Nobody Is an Island’

Christopher Manning (*1990), Zuka Mchedlishvili (*1984)
INTER-CITIES Tbilisi-Sound
for ensemble & soundtrack

Georg Karger (*1956)
CORONAVERSE Munich Soundscape
double stream with ensembles & soundtrack

All pieces – exept Brainf*ck - were written and developed in 2020 and are world and web-premieres

Special thanks to:

Landeshauptstadt München KULTURREFERAT

Mastermix Studio - www.mastermixstudio.de

Hardware Software Engineer & Sound Artist Nikoloz Kapanadze -

Tbilisi Contemporary Music Festival
for the inspiration of our streaming project

We also thank IT-specialist and our friend Alex Korchagin for counselling of technical problems

If you’d like to support our ensemble MGMG in creating and realizing future artistic projects please donate to:

Resonanz e.V.
IBAN: DE54 8306 5408 0004 1460 18

Karina Erhard (Flute)

The Munich based flutist and saxophonist Karina Erhard mainly works on contemporary chamber music, improvisation and performance. Above that she searches for the contact point and crossover with the other arts. Karina Erhard studied flute in the Netherlands at the Conservatories of Amsterdam and Utrecht. With various chamber music groups she played at international festivals amongst others Nuovi Spazi Musicali (I), Music Accord (F), Gaudeamus Muziekweek/NL, Ciclo de Música Contemporánea (E), Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Goettingen International Handel Festival, und Münchener Biennale (D). She won prizes such as the 'Gaudeamus Interpreters Competition', Tera de Marez Oyens Prijs. Numerous composers have dedicated works to her, ranging from pieces for solo flute to chamber music for her ensembles.
Christoph Reiserer (Saxophone, Clarinet / Composition)

Christoph Reiserer was born 1966 in Wasserburg am Inn. He studied musicology, music education and philosophy in Munich and Berlin and took private lessons in composition with Stefan Zorzor. He has been producing his own projects since 1998 for example up & down (2001 at the Deutschen Museum), so far (2003 as artist-in-residence at the CCA in Glasgow) and fluX 2008 for the 850th anniversary of the City of Munich. During the last years his work incorporated more an more video and electronics, including the sound installation tisch (2005), U-Musik (2006 in Munich underground stations) und tunnel ende (2010 at Klangspuren Schwaz). Furthermore he composed two chamber operas: Und wenn wir dann soweit sind, können wir anfangen (2007) and Die Nacht des Brokers (2010). At the Münchener Biennale he realized the concert installation some work at the Museum Villa Stuck. He has received several grants and prizes, for instance a 2nd prize at the Leipzig Improvisation Competition in 1997 and the Förderpreis für Musik from the City of Munich in 2009. 2016 he was Artist-in-Residence in Košice/Slowakia.
Eka Kuparadze (Piano)

The Georgian-German pianist Eka Kuparadze performed regularly at youth music festivals in her homeland (among others with the orchestra of the Georgian radio).
At the age of eleven she completed her first concert tour of the Baltic states.
1989-1994 Eka Kuparadze was the young student at Tbilisi Z. Paliashvili musical Gymnasium for gifted children, teach.Veronika Tumanishvili.
1994-1999 she studied at the Tbilisi State V. Saradjishvili Conservatoir at the georgian pianist Prof. Nino Katamadze. Eka Kuparadze graduated with a diploma as a concert pianist as well as in artistic akkopmaniment and piano pedagogy.
A special interest of Eka Kuparadze is the music of Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Scriabin, as well as contemporary composers.
Since 2009, she lives and works in Munich. Since 2016-founder and member of the Ensemble MCMG (Munich Contemporary Music group).


Georg Karger (Double Bass)

After studying the classical double bass, he toured in show business for a few years and played as a studio musician for TV shows, film music and recordings. His current topic is the connection of apparent opposites such as tradition & innovation, improvisation & composition, concert & theater. In addition to a lively concert activity, he composes and produces theater music and soundtracks. Award-winning films and plays with musicians such as Uri Caine, Barry Guy, Viktor Laszlo, Johnny Logan, Barry Manilow and Olga Neuwirth, various orchestras such as the Bavarian State Opera and the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra as well as major music productions such as "On The Town", "West Side Story" or „Chicago".