PHACE has been active in the contemporary music scene for many years, and is one of the most innovative and versatile Austrian ensembles for new music. Alongside the focus on classical contemporary chamber music, the artistic range reaches from music theatre productions all the way to multidisciplinary projects comprising dance, theatre, performance, electronics, video, DJs, turntablists, installation art and many more. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered more than 200 compositions thus far.
Since 2010, PHACE has placed a special focus on staged productions (dance theater, music theater). The ensemble, currently comprised of eleven active members, regularly invites musicians and guests from a variety of artistic backgrounds for collaborative performances. Since the mid-1990s, the ensemble has appeared in the most renowned concert halls and festivals in Austria and abroad, including Wien Modern, Klangspuren Schwaz, deSingel, Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Festival d’Avignon, Le Parvis Scène nationale Tarbes Pyrénées, Festival d’Automne à Paris, Salzburger Festspiele, osterfestival Tirol, osterfestival Krems, Wiener Festwochen, generator, Wiener Konzerthaus, Transart Bozen, Berliner Festspiele, Ultraschall Berlin, Salihara Festival Indonesien, SonEMUS Festival, Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik, Thaliatheater Hamburg, MarchMusicDays ruse, etc.
Since the 2012-13 season, PHACE has produced its own concert cycle at the Wiener Konzerthaus. Beginning in 2015, the ensemble releases recordings under a label of the same name, PHACE.
PHACE has been active in the contemporary music scene for many years, and is one of the most successful, innovative and multi-faceted contemporary music ensembles in Austria. Apart from performing chamber music by contemporary composers, the group often takes part in musical theatre productions, in dance and non-musical productions, as well as in videos and art installations. Since 2010, PHACE has gone to great lengths to present more frequent crossover projects. The active core of the group consists of eleven instrumentalists. They hire other musicians for specific productions on a temporary basis, and sometimes bring in guests to represent other art forms. As for their contemporary programme at the BFO’s ‘Bridging Europe’ festival, the group has made an effort to present a sample of the work of outstanding composers from Austria’s middle generation to the Hungarian audience.