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„It's not about what you believe, but how you hear.“
The POLYTHEISTIC ENSEMBLE, founded in 2012 by composer and guitarist Matthias Ockert, transcends heterogenous musical worlds of contemporary classical composition, jazz improvisation, pop, rock and electronic music to an up-to-date musical experience. The polystylistic music is noteworthy for it’s awareness of complex sound and musical form, as well as it’s integration of tonality, melody and groove. Video and sound are controlled by the musicians with a sensor system especially designed for the ensemble. The ensemble works with project-based line-ups out a circle of open-minded musicians coming from as well as jazz as classical music.
Multimedia concerts lead the ensemble to ZKM Karlsruhe, SWR Arts Birthday E-Werk Freiburg, Grüner Salon Berlin and Theaterhaus Stuttgart. In 2016 the CD „signals from the cool“ was released for Neuklang Future, with electronic sounds, generated with astronomical data. The Ensemble was supported by the Intiative Musik, the City of Karlsruhe, the LBBW foundations and the innovation fund of Baden-Wurttemberg.
„Jazz is Jazz and New Music is New Music, and you shall have no other gods before me. But there are multiple gods…“
Hans Jürgen Linke
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[composition, guitar, electronics]
Matthias Ockert

born 1970 at the german side of Lake of Constance, belongs to the kind of musicians, that don’t know the division of work between composer and performer, nor accept the seperating lines between the actual musical styles. He composes, is guitatrist, performs (not only his own music), improvises and codes electronics. He studied composition with Wolfgang Rihm, Hans-Peter Kyburz and Sandeep Bhagwati, also jazz guitar with Bill Connors, Attila Zoller and Steve Khan. His music was played at Lucerne Festival, Warszaw Autumn, Munich Biennale for Contemporary Music Theatre or the International Festival for Electroacoustic Music Bourges. He worked together with classical musicians from Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain, Berlin Philharmonics and the light artist rosalie, as well with jazz musicians like Emil Mangelsdorff, David Amram, Makaya McCraven and Ed Byrne at concerts and CD productions in Europe and the USA.
Tomas Westbrooke

Hugo Smit
Marie Schmit
Paula Valpola

HP Ockert

Stefan Schönegg
Markus Bodenseh

Dominik Mahnig
Torsten Krill

Dagmar Vinzenz

Jeschi Paul
Sarah Kortmann

Eve Cambreling

Evgeni Orkin

Olga Zheltikova

Christoph Heeg

[marimba, percussion]
Shin Minami
Ferdinand Martin