Through a combination of ambitious and innovative programming and a high level of virtuosity, the Dutch-based Ensemble Modelo62 has earned its outstanding international reputation in experimental music today.
The name Modelo62 has been inspired by the playful precision evoked in the novels of Cortázar, adhering to Cortázar’s model where each member works independently but links together to form a whole greater than the sum of the parts. This dynamic cohesion leads to tight, energetic performances bringing compositions to life, and has garnered acclaim from critics and audiences alike. This collaborative intention also shows itself in the way the musicians approach experimentation with a remarkable openness, encouraging the stimulation of new ideas and techniques across a variety of musical styles.
Similarly, one of the goals of Ensemble Modelo62 is to form close collaborations with composers, taking risks to develop new work and talent, and placing an emphasis on combining the commissioning of young upcoming composers with those from more established generations. These commissions form a good part of the ensemble’s growing repertoire, averaging over a dozen world premieres per year, already accumulating to hundreds of tailor-made premieres over the current lifespan of the ensemble.
Ensemble Modelo62 has not only collaborated with composers, but shows strong versatility through their many interdisciplinary projects; performing in musical theatre, operas, dance, videos, installations, solo works, chamber music, and large ensemble works.
Thanks to their growing and substantial international profile, Modelo62 has toured through Mexico, Argentina, Norway, United Kingdom, and Germany. This has included festivals such as at the Centre of Experimentation of Teatro Colón (Buenos Aires), Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Music (Darmstadt, Germany), Festival Tou Scene (Stavanger, Norway), Toonzetters (Amsterdam), Dag in de Branding (Den Haag), November Music (Den Bosch), and the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht).
Modelo62 has also been ensemble in residence in Ghent at the Orpheus Instituut where they recorded their first CD, Multiple Paths, released by the Orpheus Instituut. Their second CD, Modelo Moves, is a studio recording that has been released by Attacca Records, made of works from their first tour to Argentina. Since then, they have been busy recording other forthcoming CDs, such as one with the music of Clarence Barlow.