The Ensemble Modern is a music
al group based in Germany
which specializes in contemporary music
. Currently, there are 21 virtuosi
who make up the group, but often the group will supplement with other musicians for special projects.
Their ability to play highly complex music with difficult rhythms and multiple tempi has made their services invaluable to conductors or composers who want to have certain works performed, such as some chamber arrangements of Conlon Nancarrow's player piano etudes. The group has played music by many famous composers, including Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, Ornette Coleman, Anthony Braxton, Edgard Varèse, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Frank Zappa.
They have been featured on more than 30 CDs, released on various labels.
For more information, see: www.ensemble-modern.com.