Eres Holz

2024

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Schuld ohne Sühne (engl.: Guilt Without Atonement)

Sounds of disturbing beauty name the unspeakable, the unimaginable: softly plaintive woodwind lines fill the space, merging with accordion, cello, and violin to create dense soundscapes, subtly solidifying in electronic continuation. Menacing undertones add piano bass, percussion, and muted trombone, harsh accents escalating into fortissimo strikes that startle. Chaos ensues, decay, where only a microtonal whimper remains. Eres Holz composes the psychosis, the paranoia, the disorientation, the loss of meaning. His work, commissioned by Deutschlandfunk, for nine instruments, electronics, and text projection, explores the experiences of violence by Wehrmacht soldiers in World War II.

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Isabel Herzfeld

Forum neuer Musik 2023

NZM - Neue Zeitschrift für Musik

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#1_2024

Concert of Fernen (2018) after Paul Celan (1954) for mixed choir

Olaf Katzer - musical direction

Auditiv Vokal Dresden

Zentralwerk Dresden

Live recording

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April 12, 2024

October

20.

Premiere of Brain of Love (2024) for large ensemble and live-electronics

Ensemble New Babylon

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Photo: Jakob Adolphi

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Sendesaal Bremen


11.

Gesellschaft für Neue Musik Mannheim e. V.

Commissioned by Tonedmelisma 2023 - International Festival for Contemporary Music

Concert of three minds - twisted (2023) for string quartet

Minguet Quartett

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Photo: Irène Zandel

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Mannheim

June

29. 22h05

Atelier neuer Musik

Revisited Forum neuer Musik 2019

Frank Kämpfer

Broadcast of Kataklothes (2015) for large ensemble

Nicholas Reed - conductor

Ensemble Aventure

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Deutschlandfunk, Cologne

May

21./22.

Studio production of DEATH (2023) for light, two bass clarinets and live-electronics

Ingólfur Vilhjálmsson & Laurent Bruttin - bass clarinets

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Deutschlandfunk, Köln


13. 20h

Concert of Kataklothes (2015) for large ensemble

Commissioned by Zafraan Ensemble

Zafraan Ensemble

Opening concert of Classical Next

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Pierre Boulez Saal, Berlin

April

12. 19h30

Concert of Fernen nach Paul Celan (2018) for mixed choir

Auditiv Vokal Dresden

Olaf Katzer - artistic direction

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Photo: Christian Hostettler

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Zentralwerk Dresden


11. 20h

Premiere of Fernen nach Paul Celan (2018) for mixed choir

ID Festival Berlin

Auditiv Vokal Dresden

Olaf Katzer - artistic direction

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Photo: Oliver Look

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Radialsystem Berlin

March

25. 23h

Sound Art: Zeit-Ton

Radio program of DEATH (2023) for two bass clarinets, live-electronics and light

The ensemble XXI. century, conducted by Peter Burwik, showed how 'moments of reflection' can manifest musically [...] Israeli composer Eres Holz, who teaches in Berlin, developed his own composition software and successfully experiments with electronic sound environments. Regarding his new piece 'DEATH' for two bass clarinets, live electronics, and light (2023), he says: 'It's not about aesthetic design, but about engaging with existential questions. I aim to create music that doesn't remain abstract but penetrates deeply into realms of feelings.

Petra Stump-Linshalm & Heinz-Peter Linshalm

ensemble XXI. jahrhundert

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Photo: Viktor Brazdil

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Berio-Saal, Konzerthaus Vienna

Auferstanden aus Ruinen

Post-war music at the „Forum for New Music“ of Deutschlandfunk Cologne

Holz does not absolve the German war crimes but imparts an enduring and essential humane message: Rather than succumbing to rigid friend-enemy dichotomies, we must endeavor to comprehend why individuals differ in their thoughts and actions. This comprehension serves as a prerequisite for democracy, freedom, and peace.

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Rainer Nonnenmann

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December 2023

Das hat mein Heimatgefühl hierzulande tief verletzt

The Israeli-German composer Eres Holz on terrorism, trauma, and apathy

[...] I wish that people, especially those who are not directly involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, would truly strive for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. In this dreadful time, I hope they come together with them, show compassion, and express solidarity, instead of favoring one side while the other is still burying their dead.

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Eres Holz

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December 2023

December

2. 22h

Atelier neuer Musik

Broadcast by Ingo Dorfmüller

Forum neuer Musik 2023: Auf der verzweifelten Suche nach Normalität

Ein Mensch erkennt, dass er nie Mensch war“ (2023)

Commissioned by the German public broadcasting radio station Deutschlandfunk

Christoph Maria Wagner - Artistic director

E-MEX-Ensemble

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Photo: Maria Frodl

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December 2023