Recorder and Live-Electronics

The counterpoint of the traditional instrument recorder in combination with live-electronics. In compositions and improvisations guitar pedals, multitrack and software such as MAX/ MSP are being used.

Inspired by the realisation of compositions by Steve Reich and John Cage and by the collaboration with hans w. koch, Andreas Wagner, Clarence Barlow … this project was born which I am actively expanding and developing.

CD “Electronic Counterpoint” – compositions by Marc Sabat, Ulrich Krieger, Sascha L. Lemke, Georg Hajdu and Manfred Stahnke.

January 2020, west coast/ USA

to the winter session
CalArts –  California Institute of Arts, Valencia
concert in Wild Beast:

Talks and presentations

ASU – Arizona State University
concert in the Recital Hall:

and at UCSD – University of California San Diego

July, 25 – August, 01/ 2021
monastery of the Carmelites in Springiersbach/ near Wittlich, Germany:

Lucia Mense – recorder, Holger Faust-Peters – viola da gamba, Alexander Puliaev – harpsichord, Katsia Prakopchyk – baroque mandoline, Mario di Nonno – violin, Volker Höh – guitar

The classes offer:
individual lessons – technique lessons – co-repetition with A. Puliaev – chamber music – opening concert of the teachers and final concert of the participants

Musikkreis Springiersbach, Tel.: +49-(0)6532-2731,,

Lucia Mense – recorder and Alexander Puliaev – harpsichord/ fortepiano

Lucia Mense and Alexander Puliaev first met during their studies at the Sweelinck Konservatorium in Amsterdam. Since then they concertize in Germany, Europe, the Baltic States and Russia.

The flyer of the Springiersbacher Summer Course 2021 is available!
Musikkreis Springiersbach,, Tel.: 06532-2731

Next summer course: 07/25 – 08/01/ 2025

Opening concert: 07/25/21 at 8 p.m. in the Kapitelsaal, Kloster Springiersbach
with Lucia Mense – recorder, Holger Faust-Peters – viola da gamba, Katsia Prakopchyk – baroque mandoline, Alexander Puliaev – harpsichord

see more: Menu/ courses/ early music

06/ 14/ 2020, Düsseldorf, Neuer Kunstraum, Himmelgeisterstr. 107 e:
New Program
with Simon-Rummel-Ensemble

06/ 12/ 2020, Soest, cath. church:
Hildegard von Bingen – Ordo Virtutum
with Ars Choralis Coeln 

06/ 07/ 2020, 4 p. m., Frauen-Museum Bonn – BTHVN Festival:
Töchter aus Elysium
with moment x:
Bettina Wenzel, voice; Christina Messner, violin/ voice and Lucia Mense, flutes

05/ 29 – june/ 02/ 2020, Festival UNIO MYSTICA:
Hildegard von Bingen – Symphoniae
with Ars Choralis Coeln:
05/ 29 Nürnberg
06/ 01 Marktoberdorf
06/ 02 Kaufbeuren
– cancelled

05/ 16/ 2020, 7 p. m., Abteikirche Brauweiler/ Köln:
Hildegard v. Bingen & John Cage
with Ars Choralis Coeln
– cancelled. New date: 06/ 25/ 2021

05/ 07/ 2020, 7:30 p. m. Brühl, Buchhandlung Brockmann
Mir ist so quirl!
Schwitters, Tsoupaki, Bonnen… and Niemandslieder by Patricia Falkenburg
Lunyala Trio: Cora Schmeiser, voice/ hurdy-gurdy, Dietmar Bonnen, keyboards & tools and Lucia Mense, flutes
Karten: Brühl Tourismus
– cancelled

04/ 26/ 2020, 6 p.m., Köln-Brück, Johanneskirche
1001 Flutes – about love, melancholy and pastorellas
recorder/ traverse flute
– cancelled

04/ 19 – 05/ 13/ 2020  Cologne Opera, Staatenhaus
Georg Fr. Händel: MIRANDA
with Gürzenich Orchestra
04/ 19 Premiere
04/ 23, 04/ 25, 04/ 29, 05/ 03, 05/ 07, 05/ 10, 05/ 13
– cancelled

04/ 02-05/ 2020, KlosterKlänge:
Cypressus, Cedrus, Palmenboum – PalmsonntagMusik
with Ars Choralis Coeln:
04/ 02 in Sankt Peter, Brakel-Gehrden
04/ 03 in Sankt Andreas, Ostönnen
04/ 04 in Kloster Marienfeld, Harsewinkel
04/ 05 in Sankt Antonius, Karmel Seligenthal
04/ 05 in Sankt Felicias, Vreden
– cancelled

03/ 08/ 2020, 5 p.m., Emmauskapelle Hatzfeld:
Die Nacht verleiht der Fantasie Flügel
Debut of Ensemble EVAS ÄPFEL!
with Katharina Dustmann, Hajnalka Péter, Jule Bauer, Vanessa Heinisch, Kira Langlott, Jutta Weber-Karn, Lucia Mense, Katja Hütte, Laura Jörres

Improvisation in baroque styles – as part of  Summer Course in Springiersbacher Monastery, july 25 – august 01/ 2021:

Improvisation with the patterns and harmony series of Bergamasca, Follia, Passamezzo …

Improvisation in medieval styles
 – as part of Sackpfeifertage, Schwäbisch Hall, February 25 – 28/ 2022:
Improvisation of melodies with typical motives of the modes – accompaniment with borduns and in the manner of the Organa – medieval counterpoint (discantus-style)

For young people:
IM:now – Cologne Improvisation festival
minstrels en heren pipen – medieval improvisation for children, march 19/2022:
at the Rheinische Musikschule/ Köln

Ars Choralis Coeln

voices: Cora Schmeiser, Uta Kirsten, Petra Koerdt, Mikari Shibukawa, Pamela Petsch, Inga Schneider, Amanda Simmons, Stefanie Brijoux, Elodie Mourot, Katherine Hill, Karolina Brachmann
recorders, bells, voice: Lucia Mense
dulcimer: Elisabeth Seitz
harp: Johanna Seitz
vielle: Susanna Ansorg
director, voice, hardy-gurdy: Maria Jonas

“The accompaniment of the instruments – in highest artistic style. By the subtle and discreet playing of harp, dulcimer, recorder and vielle the melodies appear to be even more bathed in eternal light. A most impressive CD.” – Bernhard Morbach, Radio Berlin

Choc – Le Monde de la Musique, 5 Diapason
Release: June 2007, raumklang,

audio clips:

Live-recording of the concert “Electronic Counterpoint”, reiheM/ Köln

New works for recorder and live-electronics
by Ulrich Krieger, Marc Sabat, Manfred Stahnke, Georg Hajdu and Sascha Lemke

Label satelita, 2011
distribution: a-musik Köln

Premiere at the Kölner Fest für Alte Musik 2018

Tristan & Iseult – About Love and Treason

actor – Thomas Höft
soprano, harp – Miriam Andersén
baritone – Raitis Grigalis
fiddle – Susanne Ansorg
flute and concept – Lucia Mense

By the magic of a Love potion the knight Tristan and princess Isolde fall deeply in love. The drama, based on the folie of war and violence, ends with the death of both lovers. This popular story is frequently set to music – obviously the most famous version is the opera by Richard Wagner. Lucia Mense has taken the original epos by Gottfried von Straßburg as starting point and focus of her performance: supplemented and commented by contemporary medieval music from numerous sources – with the fascinating Miriam Andersén as Isolde.

Ars Choralis Coeln – a women schola, whose „unmistakable qualities are shown in variety of sound colours with balanced  but individual timbres of voices, a vocal unity in terms of intonation, subtle musicality, following the means of authentic interpretation“ (Detlef Bielefeld).

New CD,  Raumklang:
ORDO VIRTUTUM, a mystery play by Hildegard von Bingen
Anima – Cora Schmeiser
Diabolus – Lucia Mense
Humilitas – Maria Jonas
Virtutes – Ars Choralis Coeln