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Takeover! Ensemble

collab. ARTEMON MUSIC, München


"Fish or meat?!" A question that could be raised when talking about this ensemble. They always play in a pop-cultural context, but only on classical instruments. But then you discover this sinfully expensive steakhouse, where shellfish is served for steak, and the exclusive mix even gets a sophisticated sounding name: Surf & Turf …

So you do not have to decide between the genres with this chamber music ensemble. You get served both: classical and pop. At the highest possible artistic level. All artists around Miki Kekenj, founder and main arranger and double bass player Max Dommers, who is also an arranger, are professional musicians from renowned ensembles in Germany. Initiated as a string quartet, colourful instruments such as clarinet, oboe, or harp are sometimes added to the mix.

Depending on the mood and style of the original works the ensemble is accompanied by renowned pop artists, mostly singers, sometimes DJs – for whom in most cases it’s their first trip into the classical world. Concert halls, classical music festivals and regular concertgoers are not necessarily used to a format like that, but quickly realize that the fall isn’t deep at all, and the landing in fact rather soft.

Over the last years, the chamber music ensemble, which calls the Essen Philharmonie their artistic home, has garnered an enthusiastic and broad audience and due to their exclusive catalogue of top-notch collaborators has not only earned wide acclaim nationally but also doesn’t have to fear international comparison.