The Waves Project was created by Reinhard Flatischler and Johny Bertl, two Austrian composers from very different backgrounds. While Flatischler’s TaKeTiNa and earlier work with groups like MegaDrums make him a leading name in rhythm based music, Johnny Bertl has worked with some of the greatest artists and orchestras in classical and cross-over music. These two composers put their unique skills and knowledge together to create a new musical form that allows for complex rhythmic structures inside of music, equally addressing mind, body and emotion. Never before have complex polyrhythms, harmonic progressions and stunning percussion sounds been merged together in such a dramatic and touching way.
The Waves Project is part of an ongoing series of orchestral compositions with “Wave upon Waves” being the first. It was created as a commission by the Auckland Choral Society and had its world premiere in Auckland Town hall, NZ with more than 200 musicians participating in a stunning performance.
The Space Project
Flatischler and Bertl are currently working on their second orchestral suite called. "Space beyond Space“. This second opus is also a commission by the Auckland Choral Society and is intended to draw the attention of the audience to the most mysterious element in music - space. The artistic duo created a new composition technique, called „coloring“ that enables the audience to experience the same rhythm completely different through rhythmically highlighting various elements. The premier is scheduled for July 26th 2018 in Auckland Townhall, New Zealand.
We will inform you about the progress and the process of composing in our blog.
The complete Waves trailer
Born in Vienna in 1950, classical studies at Vienna Music University; founder of the TaKeTiNa rhythm theory. With his music and teaching, Flatischler has fundamentally changed the modern musical scene becoming one of the most popular new sounds of composition and innovation. The media repeatedly describes him as the "ambassador of the global language of rhythm.“ Flatischlers publications (e.g. "Rhythm for Evolution", Schott) are regarded as standards in the music literature.
Johnny Bertl is a specialist in orchestral music. He is highly successful in projects where classical orchestras meet world music such as jazz, pop, or folk music.
Bertl has cooperations with Joe Zawinul, Bobby McFerrin, Chaka Chan, Alan Parsons, Placido Domingo, Elina Garanca, Piotr Bezcala and Andreas Gabalier.
Uwe Grodd enjoys an international reputation as a conductor. He has won a number of significant awards including First Prize at the Cannes Classical Awards 2000 and two Gramophone Editor’s Choice in the UK. He has performed in Handel Festivals and conducted a season of Handel’s recently rediscovered opera Imeneo in Germany.
A graduate of Mainz University, Germany, Uwe studied with teachers of international repute. A strong musical influence during his study was choral specialist Helmut Rilling during several summer courses at the Bach Akademie in Uwe’s hometown of Stuttgart. He attributes his major musical growth to the guidance of two of Europe’s finest musicians, Robert Aitken and Maestro Celibidache.
In 1993 Uwe was appointed Music Director of the Manukau Symphony Orchestra, and between 1998 and 2002 acted as Artistic Director of the International Music Festival New Zealand. He was invited to become Music Director of the Auckland Choral Society, New Zealand’s longest-established symphonic choir, in July 2008.
AUCKLAND CHORAL SOCIETY AND AUCKLAND PHILHARMONIA ORCHESTRA
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra is New Zealand’s full-time professional symphony orchestra, serving the country’s largest and most vibrant city with a comprehensive program of concerts, education and outreach activities.
Auckland Choral is a symphonic-scale choir of 100+ voices. It is Auckland's oldest and most prominent choir, and continues to play a significant role in Auckland’s art scene today.
Its members are wide-ranging in age as well as cultural and professional background. Members rehearse weekly throughout the year and the choir regularly accepts new members following a thorough audition process. The current music director is Professor Uwe Grodd.