STEGREIF The Improvising Symphony Orchestra
We are an improvising symphony orchestra of 30 young musicians from all over the world, opening new ways to classical music for ourselves and the audience. With our recompositions of classical works we strive to broaden this cherished musical heritage by letting contemporary currents flow into our work. We perform without a conductor, chairs or sheet music, and use the freedom thus gained for improvisation and movement. Musical spontaneity and intensity in our performances offer the audience a unique, intimate concert experience. The audience is free to participate in shaping the space - the concert hall, the auditorium, the gallery: everything becomes a stage. The material of the classical pieces is enriched by the diverse artistic influences and backgrounds of our musicians. The result is a lively approach to making music together that brings it closer to the audience.
»WE ARE COMMITTED TO DISCOVERING NEW FORMS OF (COLLECTIVE) COLLABORATION«
Both on and off stage, Stegreif stands for a collective way of working. We want to break the traditional, strictly hierarchical structures of the orchestral world and replace them with collaborative processes. In the field of orchestral music, collective creative processes have been a rarity up to now, and the preconception persists that a democratic way of working is not possible in an orchestra. It is our desire to explore and establish new forms of (collective) collaboration and to encourage other groups to do the same, as we have found that this allows the potential of a group to be utilised more fully, and conflicts to be resolved more effectively.
A mindful approach to ourselves, our environment and our art is an essential part of our identity. As an orchestra, we therefore see ourselves as a social entity, like to combine the musical work with interactive educational initiatives, and are committed to sustainable development with projects such as "#bechange - 17 Sounds of Sustainability". Our work is shaped by the following values: mission - instead of distraction, dynamic decision - instead of stagnation, wisdom - instead of ego, valuing diversities - instead of blurring them out, responsible freedom - instead of rigid rules, and making room for energy - instead of time pressure.