» Contemporary Music

Randolf Stöck attaches special importance to the performance of contemporary music. A focal point of his interest lies in the works of Isang Yun, which he has performed regularly with the International Isang Yun Society of Berlin.

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Isang Yun’s death, Stöck embarked on a tour of Asia, giving concerts in North and South Korea, as well as in China. In 2008, Stöck’s recording of the “Five Piano Pieces” was released by the Society.

Stöck is always on the search for new opportunities to collaborate with musicians from jazz disciplines. He performed the world premiere of “The Haunted Ballroom”, a jazz suite by the Saarbrücken pianist and arranger Christoph Mudrich. Scored for classical piano quartet, the work was performed in 2006 as a part of the 16th Heidelberg Chamber Music Festival, and broadcast in 2007 by the Saarländischer Rundfunk.

In 2004, Stöck conducted the world premiere of Johannes Repka’s “Musik für grosses gemischtes Ensemble” at the 17th Internationales Gegenwelten Festival. Appearing as soloists were such international jazz greats as the bass clarinettist Rudy Mahall and the vibraphonist Christopher Dell.

Also in this jazz-oriented context is the work “MA/NY for the love of it ... (UA)”, a commission from the Kevin O‘day Ballet at the Nationaltheater Mannheim. Written by the American composer John King, the work features a massive input from computer technology - including the use of a chancegenerator, to continuously alter the acoustic performance. Man and machine in interaction…