Science & Research
Scientific reflection has played a significant role in the work of AuditivVokal Dresden for several years now.
In collaboration with the Institute for New Music at the Dresden University of Music and its director Prof. Dr. Jörn Peter Hiekel, numerous academic formats have already been realised with composers such as Heinz Holliger, Mathias Spahlinger or Hans-Joachim Hespos.
The ensemble contributes to the scientific exploration of the voice of the 21st century by having ensemble members participate in the scientific examination of contemporary vocal techniques in the Studio for Voice Research at the Dresden University of Music. Under the leadership of and in collaboration with Prof. Hartmut Zabel (HfM Dresden), Prof. Dr. Dirk Mürbe (Charité Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Friedemann Papst (Klinikum Dresden-Friedrichstadt), the vocal requirements of contemporary singers are made tangible.
To date, not all the technical demands of new music have been described. The aim is therefore to advance the physiological description of the processes in the larynx and to derive a practical approach to teaching from the knowledge gained. For several years now, AuditivVokal Dresden has been working together with the Saxon State Library, Dresden State and University Library (SLUB) on the documentation centre Neue Dresdner Vokalschule.
It professionally archives the sheet music, publicity, visual and audio material of contemporary vocal art and makes it accessible both for the present and for posterity. Last year, AuditivVokal Dresden and the composer Prof. Michael Edward Edgerton from the Malmö Academy of Music/Lund University Sweden began researching the extremes of the voice in the 21st century as part of a virtual partner residency of the Goethe-Institut.