KNM stands for the active, current music scene in Berlin’s metropolis. Along with other students of former East Berlin’s Hanns Eisler School of Music, Juliane Klein and Thomas Bruns founded the ensemble in 1988. It is now made up of eleven musicians from all over Germany, Great Britain and Switzerland.
In close collaboration with international composers, authors, conductors, artists and producers, KNM has presented compositions, concert installations and projects across Europe, in the USA and in South America. Programmes result from a fascination with the unknown and constant discussions about the most essential topics of our time.
KNM has become known internationally, not only for its frequent appearances at the major European music festivals such as ars musica Brussels, Donaueschinger Musiktagen, Festival d’Automne à Paris, MaerzMusik, Berlin, musica Strasbourg, settembre musica Torino, UltraSchall - Festival für neue Musik, Berlin, Wiener Festwochen and Wien Modern, but also for its own productions including “HouseMusik”, “space+place” and “KNM New Music Spa”. Concert tours have taken the ensemble to places including Carnegie Hall, New York City, Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires) and Wiener Konzerthaus.
In 2011 and 2012, KNM caused a sensation with highly ambitious and surprising new projects. In over 30 “lunch & after work” concerts throughout Berlin the ensemble presented the city with a panorama of international compositions. With its “Gehörte Stadt“, audiences were invited on an acoustic tour of the city.
In 2013, the ensemble realised its new project “Clang Cut Book” at the Teatro San Martin in Buenos Aires. As the first ensemble in residence at the Akademie Opus XXI in Villeneuve lez Avignon in France, KNM Berlin was dedicated to working with young composers and performers.
2014 will see KNM perform in Cologne, London, Paris and Tokyo.
KNM’s discography comprises 13 CDs to date; the KNM was awarded the “German Records Critic Award” 03/2009 und 03/2010.
KNM Berlin is supported by the Kulturprojekte Berlin GmbH and the Lord Mayor and Senate Chancellery.