Kleiner Saal, Akademischer Gesangverein München e.V., Munich, Germany
Munich 1523 - Ludwig Senfl under Wilhelm IV., Concert
Bavarian National Museum, München, Germany
Elizabethan Tribute to Nick Drake (1948-74)
harmonia mundi HMC 902111
Winner of the ECHO Prize 2013
Release date: 1. 5. 2012
Featured video:Requiem for a Pink Moon
Winner of the German Music Prize
ECHO Klassik 2013 (Classic without limits)
for the CD Requiem for a Pink Moon
But the real gem here is the disc from the Munich-based Ensemble Phoenix, directed by the American abroad Mr. Frederiksen: a widely varied collection of musical Americana rendered with consistent beauty and restraint.
New York Times, July 28, 2011
Ensemble Phoenix makes ancient music come alive.
Süddeutsche Zeitung, February 14, 2010
Ensemble Phoenix Munich (EPM) was founded in 2003 by Joel Frederiksen, American bass and lutenist. The ensemble focuses on music of the Renaissance and early Baroque, but does not limit itself to any one epoch exclusively. Programs range from Medieval to contemporary music reflecting the interests of its artistic leader, Joel Frederiksen. This freshness of programming is reflected in its concert series "Between Mars and Venus" in Munich (Germany), begun in 2007 and held at the Bavarian National Museum and the Herz-Jesu Church. EPM records mainly for harmonia mundi France.
Ensemble Phoenix Munich announces its 10-Anniversary Season in Munich!
The concert series "Between Mars and Venus" at the Bavarian National Museum was founded in 2007 by Joel Frederiksen and Ensemble Phoenix Munich. In 4 subscription concerts per season the ensemble has explored English, Italian and French Renaissance and Baroque Music in sold-out perormances.
For the 10th Anniversary Season the Ensemble will dedicate itself to Munich composers who worked at the court including Ludwig Senfl, Orlando di Lasso and Michelangelo Galilei. In addition we will continue our new "SOLO" series with three concerts and host the Czech Ensemble Baroque. Check out our calendar! First concert October 13.
Successful concert on the 1st of October: "Love's Triumph"
The first concert of the Series Between Mars and Venus IX offered an insightful look at the connection between East and West in music. Joel Frederiksen with his lute and the Syrian virtuoso singer Rebal Alkhodari with his oud, sang to Love in all of its various forms. Accompanied by Mohamad Fityan (arabian flute) and Vladimir Ivanoff (percussion), they succeeded at building a bridge between both worlds. Coming at this time of crisis the concert was especially poignant and powerful.
Thanks to the US Consulate in Munich and the Bavarian Radio for their support.