The Waves Project represents a new style of orchestral music in which complex polyrhythms, harmonic progressions and stunning percussion sounds merge in a dramatic and unique way. It is music that touches every level of human existence.
The Waves Project was founded by Reinhard Flatischler and Johnny Bertl, two Viennese composers from different backgrounds. Their highly specialized skills enable them to co-create music which one person could never create alone.
The underlying polyrhythmic structures in all compositions compare to the the musical wisdom inherent in a fugue written by J.S.Bach. The overlapping polyrhythmic structures with their primal rhythmic movements radiate the purity of natural laws. When polyrhythmic structures come together with melodic and harmonic progressions and seldom heard percussion sounds, the unique music style of the Waves Project becomes alive.
Born in Vienna in 1950 Studied piano at the prestigious Music University in Vienna. Founded the TaKeTiNa rhythm process in 1970, which is used in education, therapy and performance worldwide. Flatischler´s compositions have fundamentally influenced contemporary drums and percussion music. Media repeatedly describe Flatischler as an „ambassador of the world language rhythm.“ In his legendary MegaDrums group he composed for and performed with some of the best drummers of our time, such as Zakir Hussain, Airto Moreira, Glen Velez, Leonard Eto (KODO), Samulnori and Milton Cardona amongst others. Together with leading scientists and physicians, Flatischler has been conducting rhythm research projects for more than two decades. Flatischler´s CDs and books (e.g. "Rhythm for Evolution", Schott) won several awards and are regarded as standard music literature.
Johnny Bertl is a specialist in orchestral music. His career spans 40 years of highly successful projects in which classical orchestras meet world music, jazz, pop, or folk music.
Bertl has arranged, composed or conduced for Joe Zawinul, Bobby McFerrin, Chaka Chan, Alan Parsons, Placido Domingo, Elina Garanca, Piotr Bezcala and Andreas Gabalier, to name just a few.
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Waves upon Waves
Suite for Orchestra, Choir and Percussion in 6 movements
„Waves upon Waves“ is an homage to rhythm, which is the primal power behind all forms of life. It also reflects the rhythms expressed in the powerful ocean waves surrounding New Zealand. It salutes the power and beauty of New Zealand´s nature.
Suite for Orchestra, Choir and Percussion in 8 movements
„Space beyond Space“ had its world premiere on July 26th 2018 at Auckland Town Hall, New Zealand. It is the second composition commissioned by the Auckland Choral Society – the most renowned choir in the southern hemisphere, dating back to 1855. Auckland Choral Society joined in the concert by Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Uwe Grodd. Reinhard Flatischler and Grammy nominee Tupac Mantilla performed on the solo drums along with a lineup of other percussionists.
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.
Grammy® nominated percussionist Tupac Mantilla is considered nowadays one of the leading forces in the contemporary rhythm world, supported by a prolific career that includes appearances as a performer in concert halls such Carnegie Hall and as a lecturer and educator in institutions like Harvard and Stanford University. He has collaborated with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Esperanza Spalding, Savion Glover and Zakir Hussain to name a few.
As the artistic director and founder of Colombia’s Body Percussion troupe TEKEYÉ and the Global Percussion Network PERCUACTION, his innovative methods, books and systems have benefited directly more than 100.000 people around the world. In recent years Tupac’s energetic and interactive workshops and shows have become a highly in-demand activity of top institutions, festivals and venues.
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.