Solenne Ensemble is a contemporary, classical, jazzy formation.The ensemble is dedicated to contemporary music projects such as operas and premieres of classical art songs, that are open to the influences of other styles. Ensemble Solenne is charactized by an excellent playing technique and a transgressive musical attitude. Their extraordinary compositions consists of captivating melodies and tonal harmonies that do not shy away from excursions into melodic-harmonic entenglements. Playing with different musical stylistic means and boundaries, a lot of harmonic variety and skilful style mixtures, internationaly well-known classical and jazz musicians dare to create new sound pictures. Sound forms alternate musically between the contemporary and composed jazz eclectic and classical line.
2020 Solenne Ensemble performed the mono-opera "Soubrette auf der Toilette" by Gene Pritsker, libretto Ljiljana Winkler in New York, Friedberg, Augsburg and Schwaz. Digital album opera "Soubrette auf der Toilette" was released 2022 by Composer Concordance label contributed by NAXOS USA.
A second album will be released in October 2023, also on the prestigious Composer Concordance /Naxos USA label.
The ensemble performs new music and collaborate with well-known contemporary classical, jazz and eclectic composers Gene Pritsker, Prof.Dr. Jozefius Waters (SWARMIUS) Harry Alt (Harrycane Orchestra) etc.
The Ensemble performs regular at the music festival "Hybrass" as well as anual festival "Lange Kunstnacht" (Art Night Augsburg).
Ensemble Solenne is a unique formation that fuses the special musical core of classical, jazz and film music. At the same time, the group remains dynamic, humorous and profound in dealing with current issues.
"This was a perfect synthesis of classical and jazz, great artists,
great front woman with a brilliant voice and excellent charisma.
A masterful total work of art." R.K.
Ljiljana Winkler - Vocal artist, cultural manager
Ljiljana Winkler is a singer, librettist, music therapist and university lecturer for singing and vocal psychotherapy at the University Augsburg. She is a sought-after interpreter of contemporary music. She has sung numerous world premieres in Germany, Austria, Luxembourg and USA. Ljiljana received numerous prizes and music awards. The focus of her artistic activity is contemporary musical as well as scenic projects that are interdisciplinary, avant-garde and stylistically on the border between classical, jazz and film music, as well as projects that represent a synergy of psychodynamic theories and music. She collaborates with renowned contemporary composers such as Gene Pritsker, Prof.Dr. Joseph Waters, Dr. Marc Neufeld, Dan Cooper and many more. She performed the contemporary operatic roles at the Saaarländisches Staatstheater Saarbrücken, Theatre National du Luxembourg, on the open-air stage of the Opera in Konstanz, at the Opera Factory in Freiburg etc. Opera and operetta engagements led Winkler to the open-air stage of “Wiener Operettensommer” Wienna, at the Neuburg City Theater. In addition to her opera engagements, song and concert singing form an equally important focus of her work and she has performed at numerous concerts and festivals in Germany and abroad
Peter Oswald - Trumpeter
Artistic director Hybrass Festival
Internationally active trumpet player, Peter Oswald is the founder and artistic director of the genre-bending "Hybrass Festival" in Germany. He has been playing in classical as well as jazz and popular formations for over 35 years. As a solo trumpet player, he has performed at various festivals and theater productions with, among others: Munich Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Theater Munich, Glenn Miller Memorial Orchestra, ComCord Bid Band New York City, Brassquintet "Per sonare" etc. He plays over 120 performances annually with the formation "Blechblosn". He regularly performs at the well-known festival "Outreach" in Schwaz Austria . Peter Oswald participated in recordings of the entire third season of the series "Babylon Berlin" and most recently in two albums with Solenne Ensemble ( NAXOS USA). He is lecturer at the University Augsburg for jazz-improvisation and trumpet and
workshopleader at the "Outreachfestival Concert and Academy" Swaaz, Austria.
Ulrich Fiedler- Double Bass and Music Producer
Performs regular with the Mufuti Twins (New Soul), Martin Schmid Swingtime (german Swingevergreens), Uli Fiedler Trio (Originals), Harald Rüschenbaum Trio (Jazz), Xaver Hellmeier / Wolfgang Hanninger / Lucas Gabric / Bastien Rieser / Mae Defays / Basti Jütte, Thunderbolt Slim & Band (Roots Blues), Staatstheater/Augsburger Philharmoniker Musical "3 Musketiere".
He had over 2000 shows electric and/or double bass in the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Rent, Blues Brothers, Evita, Beauty and the Beast, Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q, Swing Alive, Johnny Cash: The Man In Black, Beatles-Love, Beatles-the White Album, Alexis Sorbas, Fuggermusical Heart of Gold, Spring Awakening, The Man of la Mancha, Dracula, Robin Hood, The Last Five Years, Jekyll and Hyde, Woyzeck, Chicago, The 3 Musketeers and many more. at the Schillertheater Berlin, Theater Ingolstadt, Deutsches Theater München, Museumsquartier Wien, Gärtnerplatztheater, Alte Oper Frankfurt, Prinzregententheater München, Metropol Theater Bremen, Theater Hof, Bayer. Theaterakademie August Everding, Staatstheater Augsburg. Ulrich Fiedler participated in numerous Studio reccordings (50 CD´s) : two studio and one live CD with own compositions with Nagel-Heyer and Fliptop Music. In his own Studio and Label "Flip Top Music" he reccorded and mastered over 20 CD Productions.
Harry Alt - Drums, Composer
Harry Alt studied percussion with Werner Schmitt and Arnold F. Riedhammer at the Richard Strauss Conservatory in Munich.
After graduating, he toured throughout Europe.
He performed performed in numerous musical productions (RockyHorror,BluesBrothers,Hair...)
and collaborated with famous Ensembles : Foolsgarden, WeatherGirls. He is founder, leader and composer of the Ensemble HARRYCANE ORCHESTRA, Creole award winner.
In 2020 the second album DARK MAKAM was released by GALILEO.
Saori Anraku- Pianistin
Saori Anraku - Pianist and music therapist
Saori Anraku studied piano, music pedagogy at the University of Chiba in Japan with Prof. Mami Ukawa and Prof. Sachiko Agehara and music Therapy (MA) at University Augsburg.
She performed numorous Concerts in Japan and Germany.
Her artistic range extends from early music and contemporary classical works to jazz and eclectic works. She has participated in numerous premieres of contemporary music and CD recordings with Ljiljana Winkler and Solenne Ensemble. Receantly in 2 Albums that has been released by NAXOS USA.
Kay Fischer- Klarinette, Saxophon
Kay Fischer studied as jazz saxophone, arranging and composition in Munich and music pedagogy in Augsburg. He plays regulary with varios classical and jazz Ensembles as well as a freelance arranger. Kay Fischer is university lecturer (College of music Augsburg) for technique of improvisation and pop-music harmony. His musical spectrum ranges from commercial pop music to traditional and experimental jazz to free improvisation.
experimental jazz to free improvisation and world music. Besides saxophones he also plays clarinets, flutes, hand percussion instruments and various partly self constructed sound generators. He reccorded few Albums with Harrycane Orchestra and with Solenne Ensemble (2 Albums, Composer Concordance Label / Naxos).
Opera "Soubrette auf der Toilette" by Gene Pritsker and Ljiljana Winkler feat. Solenne Ensemble
2021 Gene Pritsker composed the Mono Jazz Chamber Opera "Soubrette on the Toilet". The short opera is based on texts by soprano Ljiljana Winkler and author Andreas Winkler. The humorous pieces provide a critical insight into the situations and true encounters in the theater restroom during an audition for a future
opera engagement. The shiny world of the theater casts shadows on the personal existences behind the scenes. Dressing and singing in, as well as meetings and conversations in the theater restroom, tend to last longer than auditions for a possible mainstage engagement. The musical language is contemporary music with interweavings of jazz, pop and film music styles. The Puccini and Schumann musical language is combined with jazz and film music. The opera was premiered in New York at Di Menna Center for classical Music, further performances Augsburg at Kleinem Goldener Saal, Munich at Münchener Gesellschaft für Neue Musik, at Jazzfestival Friedberg and Schwaz.
Plot and musical arrangement and text:
The eclectic opera consists of four parts. The musical form alternates between styles: Jazz, classical, pop, contemporary classical and film music. In chronological scenes, the opera presents existential themes from the life of a young singer. There are different patterns of characters as well as impressive moods of the audition situations.
The inspiration for the first part of the opera "Dedication - my suitcase for the audition" was given to the author and singer during a lecture of the artistic agency for auditions during her vocal studies. The content of the aforementioned lecture was about the appropriate self-presentation at auditions for theater engagements. In particular, the suggestions about the appropriate clothing for women at the audition, serves as a template of the first part.
The note of the then graduate said: "Clothing plays a big role. Women should dress appropriately for the opera role they are auditioning for. Not over dressed because of the time of day-no evening gown. A skirt is okay. The skirt should not be too short but not too long. Under no circumstances red shoes with a high heel! - Too sexy. But also no black, that is too dark. Be careful with the make-up, not too much, not too little. The shoes should not have a high heel but also should not be completely without heel. Unless you're auditioning for the special, feminine pants roles, then no heel and of course matching pants, just not too masculine."
Provided is a glimpse into the young singer's attempt to fashion herself into the appropriate opera product. In doing so, the opera shows the recurring inner resistance of the singer to open herself up to typecasting and the stereotypes to be embodied. Here composer Pritsker uses the jazzy rhythms. The jazz band supports the singer's moods with a groovy sound.
Part II and III
The second and third parts of the opera merge musically. In these musical sections, Pritsker takes up the presentation of the content with contemporary musical language. Dissonant and with a very fast tempo, the stressful situations are depicted. The singer rushed to the theater on foot with her suitcase because the bus was cancelled. She arrives at the theater and met numerous singers in the corridors. At the gate, the theater staff told her that the audition room and dressing room were the theater restrooms. The third part, which is about the encounters in the theater restroom, is set to film music like a thriller.
Two encounters are particularly formative. An experienced singer, who is much older than the young music college graduate, changes her clothes in the toilet and sings herself in. The young singer's observations suggest conflicts of her own. It is about recurring patterns in the opera industry, where it often happens that singers have to sing and change in windowless rooms or the theater toilet. The young singer projects the sadness of the older colleague onto herself. She asks critical questions about the professional politics of the theater.
The second encounter is with a singer whom the author perceives and describes as a confident, experienced young singer. In the theater restroom, the singer unpacks a roll-on piano, and sings her way in. She gives the impression of having experience with audition situations.
For this section, Pritsker chooses a catchy pop-groovy quick-to-memorize melody. In this situation, too, it is clear that the young singer is projecting her desires to be more confident onto the competitor.
In the fourth part of the jazz opera, the theme of auditions is atmospherically presented on the main stage. With dissonant tones, Puccini language and jazzy harmonies, the failed short performance of the audition situation is depicted. The self-perception and the perception of others, the dissociative stage fright and the scenic representation of the inner conflicts, are musically supported by recurring dissonant harmonies. "Why is the piano actually out of tune, my body asks itself as it sings. But I am now probably rather out of tune myself".
Ljiljana Winkler – Sopran, Libretto
Gene Pritsker – composer, conductor, music producer
Saori Anraku: Klavier
Peter Oswald: Trumpet
Kay Fischer: Saxophon
Uli Fiedler: Bass
Harry Alt: Drumm set
Visual Artwork: Aleksandar Arsenović, Margareta Kern, Nikola Radovanovic, Ljiljana Winkler
Stage costume/ make up
Anica Glišić, Margareta Kern, Slavica Rađević
The project was funded by