Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2017

Apr, May, Aug, Sep

Genoël von Lilienstern | Composer

Genoël von Lilienstern | Image: Jenny Kropp
Genoël von Lilienstern | Image: Jenny Kropp
born in Monschau

Genoël von Lilienstern studied composition in Bremen and Berlin with Younghi Pagh-Paan and Hanspeter Kyburz. He also studied at the Institute for Sonology in The Hague and the Ensemble Modern Academy Frankfurt. Von Lilienstern received numerous scholarships for his work including from UdK Berlin Graduate School, Cité Internationale des Arts Paris and Tokyo Wondersite. He has worked with leading international ensembles such as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Ensemble Modern, Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and SWR Orchestra. His compositions have been performed at Ultraschall Festival, Biennale München, Qubit New York, Casa de la Musica Quito, Tokyo Art Festival, Cité de la Musique Paris and HKW Berlin. He also created installative works for flight drones and robots. Recent works of Genoël von Lilienstern like "Couture", "The Purple Dinosaur" or the music-theatre "Speere Stein Klavier" are reflections on specific historic and social constellations, regarding composition not only from a constructive point of view, but questioning functions and aims of the music. During his stay in Villa Aurora he will be working on a project entitled "Tongva Song" investigating  the present days situation of the Tongva Gabrieleños (the native inhabitants of the Los Angeles basin), the efforts of "language revitalization" and Southern Californian Native American music traditions. The outcome of this survey will potentially be a musical composition or cooperation.