UMS 'n JIP: music, production
Zeughaus Kultur Brig-Glis, Ackermannshof Basel, Kunstraum Walcheturm Zürich : co-production
Brüder Grimm : text
(Aschenputtel, Schneewittchen, Sterntaler, Rumpelstilzchen, Der süsse Brei, Knoist, Die arme Bettelfrau)
Hans Christian Andersen : text
(Das Mädchen mit den Schwefelhölzern)
Charles Perrault : text
Simon Wunderlich : stage/lights
Wolfgang Beuschel : oeil extérieur
Ulrike Mayer-Spohn (UMS) : recorder/actor, electronics
Javier Hagen (JIP)
: singer/actor, electronics


Wolfgang Beuschel. Born in 1954 in Nuremberg, Wolfgang Beuschel studied at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Heidelberg-Mannheim and at the University of Heidelberg. His career as an actor began in 1985 at the Theater Pforzheim. After engagements in Aachen, Basel, Constance, Lucerne, at the Zürich Opera House and Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg, he works as a speaker, actor, director and coach. At the Zurich Opera House, he played the composer Franz Schubert in Claus Guth's "Fierrabras" - the DVD being released by EMI Classics. Handel's "Messiah," he produced for the Theater Aachen. In Zurich, he directed 2004 "Top Dogs" by Urs Widmer, 2005 "Dirty Dishes" by Nick Whitby for which Javier Hagen wrote the theatre music. He is also coauthor of the choral book "Chorissimo" with a focus on scenic working with choirs, published by Carus.


Simon Wunderlich received his instructions in art in Germany, Spain, the United States of America and Switzerland. The overall interest in Wunderlich’s work is questioning the perception of reality in order for the viewers to achieve a stronger sense of awareness. He achieves this by allowing them to take their time and engage them actively in a spatial and temporal situation, either within outdoors or indoors. Time plays quite an important role in his projects and they are often subjected to the changes of natural and artificial light. Recently he has been developing many of his art pieces within the architectonical context of the spaces where he is working at or where he is going to exhibit them. He tries to draw the viewers’ attention by creating appealing environments to penetrate their momentary reality in a way that the current experience through the interaction with the piece becomes the important part. In these situations the viewer is confronted with a variety of phenomena, such as reflections, projections of light, mirroring effects, plays of shadow and light, experiments in the darkness, vortexes of smoke, malfunctions, sound installations, representations of space, etc. Wunderlich creates the phenomena by experimenting with products and materials from building supllies stores or so called DIY (Do It Yourself) superstores, that he uses because of their easy accessibility and their universal dimensions to which everybody can easily relate to since we are surrounded by them. By the choice of the materials and the setup of the artwork Wunderlich tries to make it clear to the viewer that he offers only a mock-up for the ultimate experience that any kind of art actually can’t provide. DIY materials are characteristically simple and practical and they lack of delicacy and they have the spirit of spontaneity and directness. In the beginning their cheap and raw appearance can be awkward, but through process of assembling they lose their sturdiness and convert into something beautiful, actually delicate and often ephemeral. The imperfection of the DIY materials shall help the viewer to enjoy the experience in the situation rather than to be overwhelmed by high-end finishes full of effects, which can distract and raise questions how something is really done instead of asking what it is and what does it do. Wunderlich’s work turns into authentic “homemade” experiments creating situations about the exploration of the spiritual and sublime, while at the same time lending irony to itself through its practical character of the construction and its imperfection, which all can be understood as well as questions about the boundaries of art.

BIOGRAPHY UMS 'n JIP (composers & performers)

['umsnjip] is one of the most innovative and accomplished Swiss contemporary music ensembles. Founded in 2007 by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS] and Javier Hagen [JIP], it is, alongside Ensemble Modern, Ensemble Intercontemporain and the Kronos Quartet, one of the most active contemporary music ensembles worldwide commissioning >10 works (2013: 28) and performing >100 (2012: 136) international concerts annually, including mobile chamber operas & multimedia performances. UMS 'n JIP explore new musical and scenic settings for voice, recorders and electronics ranging from live to digital performance as well as European to non-European music. Since their studies (composing, audio design & musical performance) in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have been invited to prestigious contemporary music and theatre festivals (Avignon, TKF Zürich, TKF Lausanne, Shanghai, Donaueschingen, Hong Kong, New York, Karlsruhe, Berlin, Basel, Bern, Paris, Strasbourg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Adelaide, Riga) where they have premiered more than 200 works as soloists and as a duo, collaborating with both world famous and aspiring young composers such as Goebbels, Rihm, Kagel, Reimann, Eötvös, Stefan Pohlit, Vladimir Gorlinsky, Chikashi Miyama, Huang Ruo, Wen Deqing and Guo Wenjing. UMS 'n JIP are also involved in the direction of the Swiss Contemporary Music Festival Forum : : Wallis, chaired by the International Society for Contemporary Music Wallis/Switzerland IGNM-VS. They are board member of ISCM Switzerland and board member of the UNESCO Commission for the Inventory of Cultural Heritage in the Canton of Valais. Within these structures, UMS 'n JIP have initiated more than additional 200 projects and commissions. Since 2013 UMS 'n JIP take part in two international research projects: The Recorder Map and iTreasures. UMS 'n JIP is coached by Irvine Arditti. >> more...