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Margrit Schenker
Born in 1954 in Marbach LU. Resides in Zurich.
Specialized in piano, accordion, organ, as well as composition and improvisation.

Piano teacher at the Kantonsschule (academic high school) in Küsnacht in the Canton of Zurich.
Organist at St.Martin’s in Effretikon (canton of Zurich)

Piano teacher diploma from the Lucerne Conservatory with Hubert Harry
Concert diploma at the Winterthur Conservatory with Christoph Lieske
Training in improvisation with Irene Schweizer, Zurich.

Encounter with the composer and accordionist Pauline Oliveros.
Artist in Residence at the Pauline Oliveros Foundation in Kingston N.Y. U.S.A.( 1993-1994)
Organization of Deep Listening workshops in Switzerland with Pauline Oliveros, Ione and Heloise Gold

FIFTY SONGS 50 short pieces for accordion and voice.
Performances with Pauline Oliveros:at Bucknell University Pennsylvania, at the Swiss Embassy in Washington, D.C., at the Swiss Institute in New York, at the Kleintheater Lucerne, at the accordion festival in Krems, Austria, at the Prague Castle, at Lincoln Center in New York (Lunar Opera)

ANNÄHERUNG (Convergence) Performance for accordion, tape recorder, voice on the subject of “Mother and Daughter”, Community Center Riesbach, Zurich.

VOIX DE DEUX Performance with Dorothea Rust, dance. Seefeld dance projekt, AUA Festival Basel.

A CONVERGENCE OF DISTANCES by Malcolm Goldstein with 10 dancers (male and female) and   KRAK in the Rote Fabrik, Zurich.

PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Solo performance.

50 SONGS at the Forum Claque Baden, Frauenraum Reithalle Bern, Musikpodium of the City of Zurich,  Club School St.Gall, Frauenkunstforum Bern, andere Musik festival, Kreuzlingen.

HOLY AND CRAZY Solo program for accordion, voice, performance, Teufelhof Basel, Burgbachkeller Zug.

GESCHICHTEN (Stories)  for women’s choir. A commission from the Singfrauen Zurich. Premiere September 1998 in the Weisser Wind Zurich. Furore Verlag Kassel.

KRAK CD with pictures, with the Zurich clarinetist Valentin Vecellio and the visual artist Susanna Nüesch

BENEDICTA Scenario for mixed choir a cappella, soprano, flute, marching drum, organ and three masked dancers. A commission from the contrapunkt choir. Premiere February 2000 in the Elisabethenkirche Basel. Furore Verlag Kassel.

MOMENTS OF DEPARTURE Solo dance pieces with accordion, voice and video. With the dancer Jeanette Engler and the artist Margrit Schmid. Tanzhaus Wasserwerk Zurich, Olten Dance Festival, Grabenhalle St.Gallen.

BAUMKLANG (Arboreal Sounds) piano solos for students. Furore Verlag, Kassel.

SPIEL himmelerde (PLAY heavenearth) a chamber orchestra tale for soprano, flute, organ and a female speaker. UA 2003 Kartause Ittingen, Kulturhaus Helferei Zurich, Kapuzinerkloster Rapperswil with Susanne Oldani, soprano, Fränzi Badertscher, flute, Margrit Schenker, organ and Stina Durrer as speaker.

BIOSPHÄRISCHE KLÄNGE (Biospheric Sounds)
Dances from Marbach, Schüpfheim, Escholzmatt. Improvisations, calls to prayer, yodels, baroque arias with Barbara Unternährer and Christa Unternährer, voice, Thomas Unternährer oboe und English horn and Margrit Schenker, organ. At the parish churches in Marbach, Escholzmatt, and Schüpfheim.

THAT GAVE BIRTH TO THE SKY  a cycle of  Anne Blonstein’s poems, set to music. For 10-stringed guitar and voice, UA 2005 Kulturhaus Helferei Zurich, Burgbachkeller Zug, Marianischer Saal Lucerne, with Eva Nievergelt, voice and Urs Güntensperger, guitar.

KLAGELIEDER
For voice and percussion. Text: Book of Lamentations.. UA Catholic Church St.Martin, Effretikon, 2007 with Barbara Unternährer, voice, Ivan Manzanilla, percussion.

HUT, RAD, SCHILF, BILD (Hat, Wheel, Reeds, Image)
Learning to read, then and now – a performance with text and music.
UA  on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the Kantonsschule in Küsnacht, Zurich.November 2007.
with Jean Knutti, tenor, Eva Boesch, cello, Rahel Heid, piano, and three school children from Küsnacht.

….die ihr durchs leben geht … (… you, who traverse life …)
sacred music for women’s choir and improvisations
Vox Feminae women’s choir and the Duo KRAK ( Margrit Schenker, organ and Valentin Vecellio, clarinets)
Franziska Welti, conductor

FRAUEN KOMPONIEREN FÜR VIOLINE UND KLAVIER (Women Compose For Violin And Piano)
with Christine Ragaz, violin and Margrit Schenker, piano
Two premieres of works by Pauline Oliveros (Magnetic Trails) and Margrit Schenker (for violin and piano) as well as works by Katharina Weber (A Mozartian Prelude, 2006) and Germaine Tailleferre (Sonata, 1921) French Church, Bern, Kulturhaus Helferei, Zurich and Gare du Nord, Basel (2009)

FÜR BLOCKFLÖTE UND ORGEL (For Recorder And Organ)
Gebrauchsmusik for religious services in 5 movements for soprano, alto and tenor flutes and organ.

GRÜNE WORTSCHLIEREN (Green Word Flows)
For mixed choir and baritone saxophone . Musical version of a poem from the Zurich author Elisabeth Wandeler-Deck’s Controcantos.  The work premiered with the Vocativ Choir under the direction of Heini Roth, November 2009 in Zurich and Stäfa.

ENTLEBUCHER KLÄNGE (Sounds Of The Entlebuch)
CD project with dances and yodels from the Entlebuch with autochthonous musicians. The CD was originally presented in Marbach, Escholzmatt, and Schüpfheim, 2010

KRAK meets CAGE
Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage for prepared piano (Margrit Schenker), texts by John Cage, concepts by Valentin Vecellio for basset horn (Valentin Vecellio) und accordion (Margrit Schenker). Recitation and performance with Gerhard van den Bergh, 2010, Theater Rigiblick,Zurich, Kantonsschule Küsnacht.

TENTATIV
CD project with the guitarist Urs Güntensperger. New music for 10-stringed guitar with new works by  Daniel Mouthon, Martin Derungs and Margrit Schenker.

BAZAAR
For mixed choir, soloists, accordion and contrabass. Premiere November 2012 in Ljubljana at the Slovak Philharmonic with the Ave Choir under the direction of Jerica Bukovez

THE VISBY PROJECT

In october 2013 I was invited for a residency at the International Centre for Composers in Visby, on the beautiful island of Gotland in Sweden. 2014 I began a very fruitful and interesting collaboration with the Swiss writer Elisabeth Wandeler – Deck who created a new work referring to her stay at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby. The result of this collaboration was a concert in may 2016 at the Almedalsbiblioteket in Visby. The Campus Gotlands Kammarkör directed by karin Eklundh was premiering my new work for mixed choir with poems written by Elisabeth Wandeler – Deck.

RABENSCHNUR

A new composition  of chamber music for soprano (Eva Nievergelt), Violin ( Bettina Boller) and piano by myself. It is a program that will be premiered next autumn (2016) in Kuesnacht, Zuerich, Luzern and Basel. Texts are written by Meta Kusar, Ljuliana, Ruth Loosli and Wanda Schmid, Zuerich.

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