24th International Festival “The Days of Organ – Dies organorum”: MATTHIAS GEUTING and EVELIN DEGEN

05.07.2024., 20:00

German flautist Evelin Degen and organist Matthias Geuting play a concert Female affairs, which will present compositions by contemporary female composers from Serbia and abroad.

Ana Gnjatović (1984)
Zugzwang for organ

Tona Scherchen (1938)
SIN for flute, chimes and gong

Farzia Fallah (1980)
Verwandeltes Lichtgrün III for organ and bass flute

Kyle Bartlett (1971)
Book of Spells for bass flute and organ
Spell to … (1.) end hunger; (2.) hasten; (3.) bring forth desire; (4.) bind the Great Red Dragon to do your bidding; (5.) stop time; (6.) how to disappear completely

Hilda Dianda (1925)
Ludus 3 for organ

Ana Gnjatović
New Piece for flute and organ – first performance

Evelin Degen (Düsseldorf) is a flutist, university teacher and co-founder of the PART ensemble, which sees itself as a collective of the arts. Concerts have taken her to the relevant festivals in various European countries (including Warsaw Autumn, Nymusikk Oslo, BEAST Birmingham, NOW Festival Essen, 8Brücken Cologne), as well as to North and South America and Asia. As a soloist, she is interested not only in the traditional repertoire but also in contemporary music, as documented by numerous premieres of pieces dedicated to her, radio recordings and CD recordings. Together with her duo partner Matthias Geuting she is working on an expansion of the repertoire for flute and organ. Another focus of her work are interdisciplinary projects with representatives from dance, acting and visual arts.
Evelin Degen has been teaching at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf since 1997, where she was awarded the title of honorary professor in 2011. She gives master classes and workshops all over the world and has repeatedly been a lecturer at the College of Music and Art Montepulciano.
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Matthias Geuting (Essen) is an organist and musicologist. As a soloist, he regularly follows invitations to well-known festivals dedicated to contemporary music in Germany and abroad. Numerous world premieres of organ works dedicated to him are documented by CD recordings and radio productions (Juan Allende-Blin, Mio Chareteau, Ana Gnjatović, Jörg Herchet, Johannes Kreidler, Rolf Riehm, Diana Soh and others). An interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of improvisation connects him with renowned representatives from dance, performance and acting. Together with Evelin Degen he founded the interdisciplinary PART-Ensemble.
Matthias Geuting studied church music at the Folkwang-Hochschule in Essen (organ with Gerd Zacher) and musicology at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (doctorate with a thesis on the concertos and sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach). He teaches at various German universities, publishes on 20th and 21st century organ music and edited the Lexikon der Orgel (2007) together with Hermann J. Busch. In 2016, he edited a double volume on the complete works of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy. In 2022, together with Philip Feldhordt, he chaired an international symposium at the Folkwang University of the Arts on the composer and organist Charles Tournemire.
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