Discoveries: Caroline Simon

April 26th, 2012 - 

Our series “Discoveries” continues: We are delighted to introduce the flutist Caroline Simon, whom we asked about her international work experiences and her taste for experimental approaches to classical performances.

Being born and raised in France, you studied in Germany, Spain and the Netherlands and were a member of orchestras in France, Germany, Belgium, and Spain. How did you establish contacts into these countries?

I went to Germany, Spain and the Netherlands to study, because there were some professors I was interested to know and to work with. It has always been very important for me to mix influences and see what happens elsewhere. And eventually I moved to Belgium because I won an audition and was invited to play one year in the orchestra there.


Working as freelance flutist all over Europe – is this a professional necessity or your personal passion?

For the moment, it’s a necessity. With the current situation of culture in Europe, it’s becoming more and more difficult to work decently as a freelancer and you are never sure how long it will work. That’s one reason why I’d be happy to have a place in the orchestra, for more work safety. Another reason is that I love playing orchestra and being a part of that big “family”, with its defaults and qualities. My ideal would be to work in an orchestra and have enough free time to do other projects such as festivals, chamber music, etcetera.


You just played a “Classical and Electronic Club Concert” at PODIUM Festival Esslingen. What does it feel like to be a musician in such an experimental concert format?

It was very exciting to play that concert in the PODIUM Festival, and the other ones, too. They are so much more than only a concert, it’s a real adventure you enter as a musician and as a listener. You don’t know what to expect, but you know you’ll be surprised and you’ll enjoy it. It is also a way to desacralize “classical” music so it can reach a larger public.


Do you remember a special situation or experience on stage?

All the concerts of last week in PODIUM Festival: Last Saturday, “The Song of the Earth” by Mahler performed in the chamber music version of Schönberg, the heart that stops beating and the breath that holds in the beginning of the 6th movement, in the breaks of the oboe. Last Friday, in a room with the audience sitting on gymnastic balls in the middle, or last Thursday for that concert in a club with electronic music in between. And all of that with a very good musical quality, of course. Podium was a new and really great experience. I hope to be involved in many more of those kind.


What would you be doing today if you had not chosen to become a professional artist?

I would probably work as an interpreter or with children or work in my own bed & breakfast!


For you personally, what are disadvantages of being an artist?

For me, the biggest disadvantage of being an artist is practical: most of the time, you can’t choose the city you’ll live in. You’re depending on which orchestra has a vacancy, where the cultural life is interesting, where you could get a safe job and where you win an audition. It doesn’t give you a lot of choice for any other personal reasons…


And what do you love the most about it?

First of all, I love playing music with other people. I love being a part of a bigger group, for one week or for all my working life, discover new people, new areas, new ideas, new ways of thinking and of reaching the same goal that is having and giving emotions through the music. I love being there, in the middle of everybody and feel myself vibrate and being part of that.


What are your upcoming projects?

An audition for the Oslo Philharmonic, a month playing Tannhäuser with the Orchestra of Toulouse, the Ritratti Chamber Music Festival in Italy.


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Discoveries: Tristan Angenendt

April 4th, 2012 - 

With Discoveries, we start a new series on this blog that features great artists. From newcomers to established veterans, from international stars to local heroes, from different art forms and various genres – covering the diversity of artoporta. Today, we start with Tristan Angenendt (Classical Guitar).

You will release your debut CD in mid-April. What does this mean to you?
I was born into a musical family and started playing the guitar at the age of seven. I think every child that is enthusiastic about music and learns an instrument, dreams of recording his/her own CD once. Right now, the release of my first CD is a culmination of my artistic development.

How hard was it as a young professional artists to find a label?
As so often in life, besides having the required abilities, you have to meet the right people at the right time. Hubert Käppel and Tobias Kassung founded KSG/Exaudio as a platform for first-class classical guitar recordings, with special focus on talented upcoming artists. I became Käppel’s student when I was 14, so at one point last year, he said I would be ready to do the next major step in my artistic development and record a professional CD that fits into their concept. So for me it was perfect to work on my first CD with somebody who has more than 30 years of experience with guitar recordings and who knows me for almost 15 years.

What’s the appeal of a CD in times of music via internet?
I think, especially as a classical musician, you sell most of your CDs after your concerts, maybe because people want to take something home from the fleeting moments when you create magic on stage. But we will also release the CD as mp3-download on Amazon. Besides the financial aspect, recording a CD is a big step in a professional musician’s career and a good recording is one of the most important references you can have as an artist.

What would you be doing today if you had not chosen to become a professional artist?
I actually never thought about that, because I started playing at the age of seven and always had that dream about being a guitarist. I was already successful in international competitions at the age of 11 and started studying at the Music Academy in Cologne when I was 14, so for me it was pretty obvious at an early age to become a musician.

For you personally, what are disadvantages of being an artist?
It’s hard work and as an upcoming artist you sometimes don’t get paid appropriately. Especially as a guitarist it’s not easy to survive in the classical music world, because we don’t get as much attention as other musicians there. We are a pretty small and familiar scene and we don’t reach a larger public, like this beautiful instrument actually should…

And what do you love the most about it?
I love to discover all those emotions and little details a composer puts into his work when I’m working on my program. And of course, being on stage and interact with the audience, giving them the opportunity to take part in my emotional process during the performance of a piece, is one of the greatest things you can experience.

What are your upcoming projects?
I will play a couple of concerts, presenting the CD during the next month. I also started playing Duo last year with my dear friend Takeo Sato, a fantastic guitarist. We will play our 3rd concert together in May and we will work on expanding our program and perform more regularly this year.

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Music in the cloud.

April 3rd, 2012 - 

Do you know SoundCloud? It’s a great service that let’s you store, present and share your audio files. Think of it as a kind of YouTube for sounds and music. The basic version is free-to-use. And what is best: it’s easy to integrate all your tracks into your artoporta profile. Check it out!

SoundCloud is obviously a handy tool for all musicians. But it might also be an interesting option for voice-over artists, narrators, actresses and actors to present samples of their voice. Get creative!

To present your SoundCloud tracks on artoporta, simply visit the Media tab on your profile, click +add audio and paste the URL of an individual track into the input field. Click connect and save. That’s it.