Cluster ensemble

Interdisciplinary art group Cluster ensemble emerged in 2008 around the key figure of Slovak musician Ivan Šiller. It all started with a Slovak premiere of Steve Reich’s Six Pianos, performed by Šiller and his students in a piano store in Bratislava, Slovakia. Since then, the loose grouping of guest artists surrounding artistic duo Šiller and Király regularly performs both in Slovakia and abroad. Their repertoire consists of interpretation of works of contemporary composers as well as great composers of 20thcentury, interdisciplinary art projects focused on breaking the boundaries of artistic interpretation and various educational projects. Besides performative projects they also develop their own musical instruments. Till today almost 50 great musicians, dancers, fine artists and other artists from Europe and USA collaborated with Cluster Ensemble. Their first album, Cluster ensemble plays Philip Glass, was released in June 2016 on Slovak label Hevhetia and on Orange Mountain Music in USA.

Julo Krištof

Ivan Šiller

Art director, pianist

Ivan studied the piano in Bratislava (VŠMU) and Ghent (Royal Conservatory), and as a scholarship holder in the USA (Tanglewood Music Center), Canada (Banff Centre for the Arts) and Germany (Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt). He focuses on interpretation of contemporary music, ensemble-, solo performances and musical re-interpretations of works of fine arts. He enjoys working with other musicians, together with whom he forms various groups – Cluster ensemble, Ensemble Ricercata or Prague Modern. Besides his employment at the Department of music education at the Faculty Education, Comenius University Bratislava, he co-creates alternative "educational institutions" – such as the student project VENI ACADEMY or the series of workshops for kids SoundOrchestra – aimed at introducing improvised music, graphic scores and exmerimental music. Ivan is the founder of many projects, festival or concert series. He is also the president of International Society for Contemporary Music – Slovak section, which organized the festival ISCM World New Music Days in 2013.

Fero Király

Intermedia director, pianist

Fero Kiraly graduated from the Music Faculty of Academy of Performing Arts, Bratislava where he studied piano. He is interested in musical projects overlapping performance, sound art, installation, interpretations of contemporary music and musical reinterpretation of visual art. He is also involved in educational projects where he experiments and often tests his own limits by creating own software and collaborating with other artists from different disciplines. He created a series of workshops for children called Soundring in which he uses self-made music instrument Zvukodrom. He is the author of interactive book for music teachers PIANORA that consists of musical and sound games and experimental music. As a chamber player he is a member of various international ensembles (Cluster Ensemble, VENI ensemble, Kiraly & Zabkova, Namestie Republiky, Dirt Ensemble, Urban Hudak and others).

  • Patrik Pálfy

    sound engineer

  • Jozef Eliáš

    clarinetist

  • Miro Kubečka

    photographer

  • Michal Matejka

    guitarist

  • Hilary Jeffery

    trombonist

  • Karolina Kubik

    performer

  • Shikha Malaviya

    poet

  • Frances Sedayao

    dancer

  • David Molina

    musician

  • Lenka Novosedlíková

    composer

  • Roman Laščiak

    sound engineer

  • Maja Osojnik

    sound artist

  • Marie Knapova

    dancer

  • Maria Hernando

    dancer

  • Tibor Trulik

    dance

  • Jakub Jeňo

    dance

  • Lenka Rajchmanova

    dance

  • Andrej Hlinka

    sound engineer

  • Matej Lacko

    graphic designer

  • Paola Salvatore

    pianist

  • Eun Joo Noh

    pianist

  • Daniel Matej

    composer

  • Barbora Janáková

    dancer

  • Boris Meluš

    graphic designer

  • Jakub Pišek

    multimedia

  • Soňa Ferienčíková

    dancer

  • Radoslav Piovarči

    dancer

  • Daniel Raček

    dancer

  • Kamil Mihalov

    pianist

  • Nikolaj Nikitin

    saxophonist

  • Martin Adámek

    clarinetist

  • Veronika Vitázková

    flutist

  • Michal Murin

    performer

  • Yoko Kato

    pianist

  • Dalibor Kocián

    musician

  • Zuzana Biščáková

    pianist

  • Zbyněk Prokop

    performer

  • Peter Machajdík

    composer

  • Jana Tereková

    dancer

  • Milan Adamčiak

    skladateľ

  • Lucia Csajka

    photoghrapher

  • Slavomír Šmálik

    sound engineer

  • Marek Kianička

    graphic designer

  • Andy Závodský

    film maker

  • Eva Šušková

    singer

  • Petra Vladyková

    movie maker

  • Braňo Dugovič

    clarinet

  • Petra Fornayová

    choreographer

  • Robert Kolář

    trumpet

  • Martin Derner

    graphic designer

An extraordinary experience

Always with excitement, love, concentration and creativity.
And then, in their hands, the music – whatever its origins might be – speaks to us in a very intense tone…

 

Daniel Matej

composer, performer, conductor

 

The Cluster Ensemble tackles some of Philip Glass’s iconic early works, playing them more crisply and clearly than perhaps any other recording in history.

 

Seth Colter Walls

Pitchfork.com

Support

Cluster ensemble relies on financial contributions from individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies in order to create new projects and perform many concerts at home and around the world. In 2015 CE is preparing approximately 40 concerts, recording 3CD´s, creating educational – multimedia projects and making their own instrument – SOUNDRING.

Supporting CE means, that you want to share their extraordinary passion for NEW – projects, music, education and instruments. Your gift will make a difference!

 

Cluster ensemble is grateful for recent generous support from the following foundations, government agencies and non profit charitable organizations. We also thank our individual donors from around the world.

With financial support

InMusic n.g.o.

Music Fund

Fond na podporu umenia

Slovak Performing and Mechanical Rights Society

Partners

Christiania

Banská ST A NICA

A4 – zero space

Hevhetia

Orange Mountain Music

Tabačka Kulturfabrik

Platform 1 – 12

Stanica Žilina Záriečie / cultural node

Kasárne / Kulturpark

Hudobný Život / magazine

Educational institutions

ZUŠ Strážske

ZUŠ Ľudovít Fulla