Barbara Maria Neu
grown up on an organic goat farm in the Mostviertel and influenced by a musical education in Waidhofen an der Ybbs, a clarinet study brought Barbara Maria Neu via the Anton Brucker Private University Linz to the study “concert subject classical clarinet” in the class of Gerald Pachinger at the KUG Graz as well as at the MDW Vienna. Since 2018 she has been studying “Performative Art” with Carola Dertnig at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
In addition to lessons in role work with Lena Kalisch, speech design with Lena Franke and breath and body work with Johann Leutgeb, numerous participations in master classes in the field of “classical clarinet” (including Alois Brandhofer, Matthias Schorn, Johann Hindler and Andreas Schablas), as well as various contemporary music, dance, speech and performance workshops with Katharina Cibulka, Fabiana Pastoriani, Vera Blaha-Sauseng and Lilly Pfalzer.
In addition to her work as a classical clarinettist in chamber music and substituting activities with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Barbara Maria Neu seeks in her own artistic work the integration of music and instrumental playing in a performative and scenic presentation as well as a connection of music to visual art. In addition to her love for her instrument, the clarinettist is characterized by a great passion for acting and performative art, which led her to rediscover her activity in the performing arts, which had already begun in childhood, after some time of classical instrumental studies.
Through her intensive involvement with acting, which has been going on for several years now – parallel to her concert studies – Barbara Maria Neu finally came to contemporary music and performative art, where she was able to find an ideal interface of her artistic passions. In this way, the clarinettist expands and enriches her music with elements from the artistic fields of performing and visual arts. In her projects she deals with her own compositions and improvisation, but also collaborates with diverse artists from the fields of “music, performing and visual arts such as composition, dance, directing, acting, sculpture, painting, video, etc.” to create new works together.
In 2020, she received the Start Scholarship for Music and Performing Arts from the Federal Chancellery of Austria. In 2021, she was invited by the Austrian Cultural Forum NYC in collaboration with Brooklyn’s Undercurrent gallery to participate in an interdisciplinary onlineresidency as part of the un/mute-10002 project. The works will be exhibited at ACF NYC as well as at the gallery undercurrent in Brooklyn starting in September 2021.
More about Barbara Maria Neu and her work can be found on her website.
Stalltänze – a concert in ten pictures
Stalltänze is a contemporary composition for clarinet solo. In ten performative-musical scenes, the everyday life of a farmer’s wife from the Mostviertel region is artistically described. Each scene represents a specific work process with the help of associated musical sequences. The sounds and movements of the work and environment are as much a part of the composition as sounds and melodies played with the clarinet. Performative, pictorial and musical parts form in mutual enrichment a common artistic composition.
Stalltänze is available as a video version as well as a stage version.
Barbara Maria Neu | Clarinet, Conzept
Laura Ettel | Image Composition
Maria Grün | Stage Design
Maria Sendlhofer | Artistic Assistance
Rojin Sharafi | Sound Design
Petra Stump-Linshalm | Composition
MERVE deals with narrations, fables and legends from literature and music history. Spoken and played narratives on instruments together result in a kind of musical reading, which creates familiar and well-known, but also unfamiliar and new. The ensemble was founded in 2020 by Barbara Maria Neu, Andrea Edlbauer, Stefanie Kropfreiter and Judith Ferstl. The composition of clarinet, saxophone, viola and double bass expands through the use of language.
In the musical performance Rebenerzählungen, the DUO ANNEA deals with settings of Austrian wine varieties, which are presented by means of the musicians’ own compositions, performative presentation, texts written for the performance and stage design.
Barbara Maria Neu & Andrea Edlbauer | Concept, Clarinet, Saxophones
Sophia Hörmann | Choreographic Assistance
Valerie Prinz | Text
Nino Stelzl | Stage Design
The series Flatconcerts are interdisciplinary temporal spaces where music, performing, visual, performance, video, photo and everything else and in general art in all its branches meet.