The GENEAMUS Association, founded in Vienna in 2014, aims to introduce diverse periods of music history and musical instruments and compare them. It also aims to create a new, contemporary music. Organologist and early music artist Robert Mandel with harpist Zsuzsanna Aba-Nagy are committed to writing new music, organising contests for composers, and publishing books and audio discs. The Association’s most important activity so far has been the establishment of the ENSEMBLE GENEAMUS. The group varies from four to ten members. They combine analogue modular synthesizers with unique and rarely heard 19th-century instruments, such as the serpent, glass harmonica, harp, hurdy-gurdy, ophicléide, and the viol. On occasion, the band includes special features such as the nail-violin, the musical saw and the trombula. It performs medieval, renaissance and baroque compositions and original 18th- and 19th-century works, as well as works specifically composed for the ensemble that mix contemporary music with old and new musical elements that enhance each other to create a new musical "sound direction". The ENSEMBLE GENEAMUS is unique not only in sound but also in appearance. It juxtaposes magnificent old, original musical instruments on stage with exciting-sounding modular, electronic musical instruments. We look at how to combine the spectrum of historical musical instruments with a range of electronic instruments. We want to square the circle by playing electronically with acoustic media and vice versa. The performance of the ENSEMBLE GENEAMUS is an exciting addition even to world-class music festivals and staged historical musical events. In such environments a real contrast is created by performing contemporary music on original historical instruments in addition to authentic, historical music performances. The music of the ENSEMBLE GENEAMUS could also be a highlight of both traditional and contemporary chamber music events. We are happy to perform in clubs, concert halls, museums, and churches, in short, anywhere where an audience is open to experimental and creative music.
Sound is recorded by Mihály Kádár Soundwork
Video made by Eszter Vörös, Daniel Eszter and Gabriella Dohi.