s t a r g a z e

Profile

The Berlin-Amsterdam orchestral collective s t a r g a z e was founded in 2013 by André de Ridder. The ensemble performs a wide range of projects in contemporary pop, electronic and classical music, and has worked with The Magnetic North, Jherek Bischoff, Shara Nova, Owen Pallett, Villagers, The Dodos and many others. stargaze has appeared at the Holland Festival, the Eight Bridges Festival, Cologne, Into The Great Wide Open, Wonderfeel, the Kilkenny Arts Festival and the Ruhrtriennale, and has had guest appearances at the Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, the Barbican Centre, London and the Volksbühne, Berlin. stargaze is ensemble in residence at the Haldern Pop Festival, Germany. In 2013 the ensemble commissioned various artists to create their own version of Terry Riley’s renowned composition In C. In 2015 stargaze performed the piece with Riley himself for the opening of the Amsterdam-based World Minimal Music Festival. stargaze’s repertoire includes string quartets by Sufjan Stevens and Bryce Dessner, David Lang’s Death Speaks and music by Bartók and Ligeti. The ensemble recently performed Mica Levi’s music for the film Under the Skin. They also recently created an adaptation of Bach’s cantata Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich. In 2015 the musicians released their first EP Deerhoof Chamber Variations with the Transgressive Records label.