The music of the 20th and 21st centuries is an exciting chapter in music history. We present these works by well-known composers of our time to a wide audience and bring them to the repertoires of cultural venues in Graz and worldwide. With the Ensemble Zeitfluss, founded in October 2003, we have been highlighting contemporary music in Styria and beyond for over 15 years.
The aim of Ensemble Zeitfluss is to juxtapose works by great international composers of the 20th century with those of local composers. A major mission of the ensemble is to make the exciting development of contemporary music and its beauty – usually hidden from the general public – audible. Ensemble Zeitfluss seeks to perform forgotten, rarely performed and unknown works of contemporary music.
The program concept is intended to appeal to a wide audience with selected works by great composers, some of whom have been almost banished from current musical life. These works will be juxtaposed with newly commissioned compositions.
Clemens Frühstück | Saxophone
Clemens Frühstück was born on 7 March 1972 in Eisenstadt. He started taking saxophone lessons at the age of seven at the Horitschon music school with D.I. Anton Pereskic. At the age of fourteen, Clemens Frühstück began studying classical saxophone in the gifted class at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with Johann Kawrza (1985/86). Between 1987/88 and 1990/91, Clemens Frühstück attended the upper secondary school for music students in Graz, Dreihackengasse, and continued his studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz as an art student (1987/88) with Johann Kawrza. In 1988/89, following an examination of his musical abilities and a decision by the entire college, he was allowed to continue his studies at the age of fifteen as a full student. On 30 May 1993, Clemens Frühstück completed his artistic education at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz with an artistic diploma, which he passed with honours. He also received a performance and sponsorship scholarship from the City of Graz.
Edo Micic | Conductor
Edo Micic has his roots in Zadar, Croatia. He completed his conducting studies with Milan Horvat and Martin Turnovsky at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. Edo Micic has conducted orchestras such as the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Croatian Radio Symphony Orchestra (HRT), the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony Orchestra, the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sarajevo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Savaria Orchestra Szombately and numerous other orchestras in concerts and on tours at home and worldwide.
Specialising in new music, Edo Micic works with ensembles such as the Zagreb Soloists, Klangforum Wien and various other music formations.
In 2003, together with the composer Kiawash Sahebnassag and the saxophonist Clemens Frühstück, he founded the Ensemble Zeitfluss, of which Edo Micic has been the conductor ever since. The aim of the ensemble is to juxtapose works by great international composers of the 20th century with those of local composers. The Zeitfluss ensemble performs rarely performed and unknown works of contemporary music. Since its foundation, the ensemble has been an important part of cultural life in Graz and a welcome guest at various music festivals in Austria and abroad.
Kiawash Sahebnassagh | Composer
Kiawash Sahebnassagh was born in Tehran in 1968. He studied laboratory science at the University of Scientific Medicine in Iran and composition with Beat Furrer in Graz. He received the Music Sponsorship Award of the City of Graz, the State Scholarship for Composition of the Republic of Austria, and is the founder of the association Nava-ye Iran – Persian Music in Austria and co-founder of the association Zeitfluss,
He has composed numerous chamber music works and film scores for films by Peter Tscherkassky, as well as music and sound installations for the Persian Hall at the Expo 2000 world exhibition in Hanover, performances at Viennale 99, Musikprotokoll 2000, Vienna Festival Hörgänge 2002, Grazer Osterfestival 2002, steirischer herbst 2003, die andere saite – a concert series since 1996, Zeitfluss – a concert cycle since 2004 and others. He has also performed in Vienna, Graz, Maribor, Ljubljana, Teheran, New York, Berlin, Hanover, Leipzig and other cities.