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“Artisanal thinking and skill are not strictly limited to artisans, but these concepts stem from the specific
desire to make something for its own sake.“- Richard Sennett, The Craftsman

hand werk, a young ensemble for new chamber music, was formed in 2011 in Cologne, Germany, with the goal of performing pieces that have already been performed, but offer further potential through intense rehearsal. As the new music scene is sustained by a constant parade of premieres, “old works” are unjustly and too quickly forgotten. Not only does the ensemble perform classic repertoire for the Pierrot-plus-percussion lineup, it also explores and responds to experimental music, by regularly performing works for unusual instruments, such as everyday objects (tables, balloons, voices, etc.). hand werk is dedicated to the performance of new works without conductor, with the goal of increasing not only the technical, but also the musical interest of both players and listeners. In their 2011/12 season, hand werk performed in the Wittener Tagen für Neue Kammermusik, Acht Brücken Köln, and new talents Cologne festivals, in addition to concerts in Bremen, Krefeld, Leipzig, Vienna, Dresden and Essen.
The name hand werk was inspired by Richard Sennett’s book The Craftsman (german: HANDWERK), in which he describes a tradition in which Handwerk (“craftsmanship”) focuses on the creation of a product with utmost care and diligence, rather than on the selling potential and efficiency of production. “Technique has a bad reputation. It can seem soulless. Those who come to have a high level of expertise, see that this is not so. For them, technique is closely connected with expression.“ Sennett, The Craftsman

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