After undertaking extensive studies of Baroque music, she is now also passionately dedicated to various earlier styles as well as new western art music. Creative processes attract her, improvisation is one of her vital interests. (Christina von Richthofen, Zamus e. V.)
Just as unusual is her collection of traditional and modern types of instruments
medieval recorders and traversos – copies of flutes from Dordrecht and Elblag; a double recorder
Renaissance and Baroque music: recorders and traversos of different historical types, sizes and tunings
Contemporary recorders made by H. Paetzold and M. Helder
A brilliant beginning of the festival by Lucia Mense … with ground covering stage presence and highest concentration she created a connection between traditional music from Europe as well as Asia and works from the contemporary recorder repertoire.
… Gesti, which Feisst rightly describes as a “classic in contemporary recorder literature”, is indeed a fantastic concoction of instrument and voice interpreted with furious enthusiasm by Lucia Mense …
Sabine Feisst, CD Luciano Berio, Mode Records/ New YorkThe Complete Sequenzas, Alternate Sequenzas & Works for Solo Instruments
Exploring the tension between the Opera Stile moderno and the counterpoint-like stile antico … recorder and viola da gamba are moving subtle, competently balanced and sovereign through the soundscape of the organ … nevertheless the music is always presented vivid and extrovert …
Nik TarasovWindkanal 2005-2, CD L´Ambitiosa des Ensembles Canzoni Cölln
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 as 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.
Blockflötenbau Paetzold Electronic Counterpoint
Version no. 8 for piccolo recorder … rather playful. The rhythmic structure of the recorder part follows changes all’ improvisando, the interferences between the sine tone and extreme high recorder sounds are being influenced by the fluctuation of the volume of the generator … here, in the fragile changements of the waving, in Lucia Menses improvisando, is the extraordinary attraction of Barlow composition.
Sebastian Hanusawww.omm.de, CD Klarenz Barlow - ...Until...
For years now Lucia Mense has been fascinated by the direct, the natural as well as the variable qualities of the sound of the recorder. The colorful palette and the speech-like articulation – not unlike the art of singing – in connection with the potential velocity of gesture, comprise the departure point for her interpretations.
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).
In the area of contemporary music, Lucia Mense has been successful in extending the expressive possibilities of the recorder to hitherto unexplored techniques. By making extensive use of the special character of her instrument she has been able to explore striking new instrumental combinations.
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 ...
with Lucia Mense - recorder, Elisabeth Seitz - dulcimer, Johanna Seitz - harp, Susanna Ansorg - vielle
"The accompaniment of the Instruments is improvised, in highest artistic style..." (Bernhard Morbach, Radio Berlin)
https://www.luciamense.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/rose_van_jhericho-1.jpg441500Lucia Mensehttp://wordpress.luciamense.de/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/logo_black-e1513688084366.pngLucia Mense2018-12-06 18:03:292019-02-20 11:27:16Rose von Jhericho - The Songbook of Anna von Köln (about 1500)