With the support of electronics, Lucia Mense drew rather astounding sounds from her recorders. Quite an experience to witness this type of technically difficult playing, as well the rich variety of presentation, one with an abundance of physical engagement as well.....A completely successful contemporary music concert with unbelievable mastery and dedication by the musician.
(Electronic Counterpoint, Blockflötenbau Paetzold)
In the area of New Music, Lucia Mense is interested in reaching beyond the boundaries of her instrument. In improvisation, as well as in collaboration with composers, she has been successful in extending the expressive possibilities of the recorder through hitherto unexplored techniques. By making extensive use of the special character of her instrument she has been able to explore striking new instrumental combinations.
This situation has lead to the premiere of several works both by younger as well as established composers and has resulted in invitations to festivals such as Blokflute&Electronics in the Ijsbreker/Amsterdam, Jazz-Festival Moers, Musikprotokoll in Steirischer Herbst/Graz, Waterford New Music Week/Ireland and New Music from Germany in Villa Aurora/Los Angeles. Lucia Mense has made recorded contributions till now to several portrait CDs, among them Clarence Barlow, Phill Niblock and most importantly to a Berio Portrait featuring the complete"Sequenza", recently released on Mode Records.
Her exploration of the electronic music realm led to the creation of her solo-programme entitled " Electronic Counterpoint”. Consisting of music for recorder and live-electronics, this programme is constantly expanding and developing. Finally, she has collaborated extensively with the American-born guitarist Seth Josel and soon will be rehearsing and presenting a duo-programme with the renowned percussionist Dirk Rothbrust.
The realm of improvisation presents Lucia Mense with the welcome chance
to further experiment with sounds, structures and seldom-heard instrumental
combinations. Particularly striking among recent engagements was an
improvisation project involving musicians from Taiwan, two of which
performed on Pipa and Gu-Zheng.
A tour through China with the ensemble dialog - musicians from China, Switzerland and Germany with pipa, recorder, cello and percussion - can be witnessed at www.vimeo.com/7591482
In 2005 "multimode" was founded - an ensemble for experimental music - with Bettina Wenzel, vocalist and Tiziana Bertoncini, violinist.
Lucia Mense has recorded extensively for Radio in Europe, among the stations are WDR, DLR, ORF, Radio Bremen, SWR, HR and Euroradio.
She has been invited by presenters as well as universities and music schools throughout Germany, Holland, the US and Nicaragua to teach courses dealing with diverse topics in New Music.