KOPLA BUNZ a.s.b.l. was founded in summer 2016 by Anais Lorentz, saxophonist, Jean Bermes, singing performer and Ela Baumann, theater maker. KOPLA BUNZ is a platform for all kind of manifestations of dialogues between music, dance, theater and fine arts.
Booking informationen for our performances: Here
projects: Fenrir, de Riesewollef
idea & concept
Born into a franco-norwegian family, Anaïs Lorentz started taking saxophone classes at the Luxembourg City Conservatory of Music. She continued her studies at the Conservatory of Metz, where she got the first prize for professional development in the class of Christian Joyeux. She also took up advanced saxophone studies at the Royal Brussels Conservatory, where she was awarded a Master’s degree with distinction in Norbert Nozy’s classes in 2011.
Since 2008, Anaïs has performed with several chamber music groups, as a soloist and plays with local writers. She becomes more and more oriented towards improvised and electronic music and starts to study jazz.
In 2012 she creates an interactive musical and theatre project for children on the theme of migrant birds in Luxembourgish, Mam Xuff duech d’gëllen Kannerstuff… After that, she plays as a saxophonist-actress in a pedagogical and theatrical project (O weeei dumdum) which is performed all over Luxembourg. At the start of 2013 Anaïs released her first album, called Run, Sing and Fly, with her pianist Kae Shiraki, in which birds in all their forms are the common thread.
Anaïs teaches the classical saxophone at the Luxembourg Conservatory of Music since 2006.
Foto: Claudia Hansen
Born in St-Petersburg, Denis Ivanov studied at the Music School Moussorgski with Ekaterina Sharkova. After receiving his Bachelor Degree, he pursued his studies with Eduard Bazanov at the National Conservatory Rimski-Korsakov in St-Petersburg.
Being awarded the Prix d’État from Russia at age 24, Denis was granted a place in the class of Professeur Detlef Kaiser from the National Conservatory Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, followed by masterclasses with Sergio Perticaroli and Léa-Yoanna Adam, who became his mentor and duo - partner (Duo „Emotion“).
Being one of Europe’s most remarkable pianist of his generation his repertoire stretches from solo concerts works, chamber music to orchestral works. He plays with orchestras as Philharmonie „Moldova“ Rumania, France, Philharmonie „P. Constantinescu“ Germany and „Mariinsky Theater“ Russia.
projects: A,B,Zeh, Fenrir, encore bis zugabe, Angstlust und schwarze Romantik
Ela Baumann studied music and dance at the University « Mozarteum » in Salzburg. In her work as a director she explores the combination of music and dance (Die beiden Musikanten Davies, Philharmonie Berlin; Rusalka Dvorak, Sibiu; Bastien and Bastienne Mozart, Luxembourg; The Merry Widow Lehar, Cologne; Zirkus Sardam Charms, collectif Dadofonic Luxemburg).
She created choreographies for The Merry Wives of Windsor Nicolai, Erfurt Theatre; Barbe Bleue Offenbach, Opera Zuid in Maastricht; The Brussels Requiem Moody, La Monnaie Brussels; Der Turm Lenners, Grand Théatre de Luxembourg;, Systrar Franzs, Uppsala stadtsteater.
Ela Baumanns great passion is music and dance theater for young audienc. As a director, choreographer and librettist she developed plays like Next stop:blue, (K)eine Alpensage Dienz, Das goldene Herz, Rocky Roccoco, Drumblebee, Mausemärchen und Riesengeschichte Naske, LOLLO Naske.
Ela Baumann’s creations for young audience are shown in numerous concerthalls and theatres around the world: Lucerne Festival, Vienna State opera, Konzerthaus Berlin, Washington Kennedy-Center, Hong Kong City Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Philharmonie Cologne, Philharmonie Luxemburg.
Her work got awarded with junge-ohren-preis, YEAH ! Young EARopean Award and YOUNG AUDIENCE MUSIC AWARD Public choice, Concours litteraire national du Luxembourg.
projects: Fenrir, de Riesewollef
Born in Italy, Giovanni Zazzera was formed at the Conservatoire of Luxembourg and obtained his degree in dance. It's traveling, he decided to continue his training in order to raise artistic experiences Based in Brazil and it will work for various companies, connecting also multiple intensive workshops, residencies and choreographic meetings in various centers and institutes like ( Paris, New York, Israel, Bacau ...) developing a multidisciplinary approach and sensitivity in his career as a dancer.
Activ as a dancer, he performed regularly on stage in numerous projects and shall receive in 2013 the Dance Award in Luxembourg for his many commitments.
As a choreographer, he created over three years his own plays, presented in festivals and other structures dedicated to the performing arts. In his artistic approach, it seeks to develop writing and language mixing emotion, quality and physicality in power and smooth fusion. His latest creation called "Secrets" and "When silence speaks" created on the occasion of Emergences, were presented to the TROIS C-L and in various festivals like Tanzmainz festival 2016 and the Barnes Crossing solo/duo festival in Köln.
projects: A,B, Zeh
Hanna, born in Haag am Hausruck, Austria, grew up in Vienna and Luxembourg, where she graduated from highschool with a focus on arts and music. She first studied fine arts at the art academy AKV St. Joost Breda in the Netherlands. Since 2014 Hanna studies at Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg in the photography class of Silke Grossmann and the stage design class of Raimund Bauer. As a stage-, costume- and productionassistent she is working in different productions at the festival for old music Trigonale. Hanna is working at interdisciplinary projects finding herselfs most interested in the boundaries between body, sound and image. Furthermore Hanna is free-lancing as a photographer for different theatre- and music productions.
projects: encore bis zugabe, Angstlust und schwarze Romantik
The luxemburgish bass-baritone Jean Bermes studied singing and conducting at the university of music „Mozarteum“ in Salzburg and at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. He concluded his singing studies with a post-graduate in opera at the flemish operastudio in Gent (Belgium).
As a singer he works at different european stages as the Flemish Opera in Antwerp und Gent, the Theatre national and the Grand Theatre in Luxembourg , Kammeroper München, Ruhrfestspielen Recklinghausen, Stadttheater Langenthal, Landestheater Salzburg, Stadttheater Konstanz, Festivals of Schwetzingen and Salzburg. His repertory includes major Fach-roles as well as lots of contemporary pieces.
He is co-founder of the Salzburg Comedian Harmonists and the group Sodaafocussed on interdisciplinary music-theater. His passion is to perform and invent music-theater shows and music-education-projects for young audiences.
Jean-Lou Caglar, light design, stage
projects: encore bis zugabe, A, B, Zeh
Jean-Lou Caglar is a freelance lightning designer and operator for theater, dance and music based in Belgium. Trained as a furniture maker, Jean-Lou began his career in 1992 as a set-builder for the LPT (Limburgs Project Theater, BE). With the LPT he started operating the light and sound and one season he even acted in one of their plays.
While working with different companies such as: De Queeste, Het Vervolg, Het Huis van Bourgondië, Theater Artemis and Jong Hollandia, he became more and more interested in the creative process and started focussing on the lightning design.
Since then he has collaborated with artists and companies in Belgium and across Europe. Credits include: Agora Theater, Traffik Theater, Linda Savelkous, tgMax, kinderenvandevilla,The sedan vault,La muerte, Ela Baumann, Grand Theater Luxemburg, Philharmonie Luxemburg, Gotra Ballet, Zefiro Torna, Jean Bermes, Milla Trausch.
Marlene Wolfsberger, dance, choreography
projects: A, B, Zeh
Marlene Wolfsberger (AT) is a contemporary dancer and lives in Vienna.
She studied at the Anton Bruckner University in Linz (AT) and obtained her Bachelor and Master of Art degree in „Contemporary Dance“.
Since 2004 she has been working internationally with companies, directors and choreographers f.e. Do Theatre - Physical and Dance Theatre (DE/RU); Robert Poole (GB/ES); LeineRoebana (NL); Missdeluxedanceco!/Sylvia Camarda (LU); Philharmonie Luxembourg/ Ela Baumann (AT/LU)... - and has been touring Europe and the US as a dancer.
Foto: Daniela Matejschek
Marie Christiane Nishimwe, voice
Born in Ruanda, singer and vocal artist Marie Christiane Nishimwe he studied singing, choir singing, classical guitar at the Conservatoire du Nord in Luxemburg and finished her studies 2014 at ‚Konservatorium Vienna‘ with distinction. She startete as member in vocal ensembles as Choeur Robert Schuman and Chorus sine nomie Wien and performed soon as soloist at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Konzerthaus Wien, Musikverein Wien.
She performed various rolls like narrator in Arthur Honeggers ‘Le Roi David’, soloist in Hans Kràsas Kinderoper ‘Brundibàr’ (Philharmonie Luxemburg – staging:Markus Kupferblum), lead role in Thomas Desis Oper ‘Ujamaa Paradise’ at Musiktheatertage Wien 2015.
Further she performs in Burgtheater Wien in Hans Henny Jahnns ‘Die Krönung Richards lll’ (staging: Frank Castorf) as well as in Sophocles’ Antigone staging: Jette Steckel.
Nishimwe performed in many world creations as ‘Klingende Liebe`, ‘Mama singt Geschenke’ (Dschungel Wien – staging: Stephan Rabl), ‘BlanContact’ (Mierscher Kulturhaus, Grand Théâtre Luxemburg – Text: Nico Helminger) and Elisabeth Naskes ‘Lollo’ (staging: Ela Baumann), coproduction Zoom Kindermuseum Wien, Oper Köln and Bregenzer Festspiele.
Her concert reperoire includes: ‘Psalmen Davids’ (Heinrich Schütz), ‘Requiem’ und ‘ A Mass for Peace’ (Karl Kenkins), ‘Die Weihnachtsgeschichte’ (Brunckhorst), ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem’ (Brahms) und Haydns Schöpfung as well as her own soloprogram.
© Bregenzer Festspiele Anja Köhler
Mario Melo Costa
Mário Melo Costa studied Sculpture in the Faculdade de Belas Artes de Lisboa. He did also the Kodak Film Academy in Paris (2003); the Advanced Cinematography Course in Cuba EICTV (2005).
In 2008 he won the prize for Best Cinematography in VIMUS, International Music Video Festival.
From 2007 Costa created animation films and video installations for several musical projects by Ela Baumann with the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra such as "Goldilocks”, ”Till Eulenspiegel", "Auf Reisen mit Mozart", "Olé”, "Le Carnaval des Animaux” and for Grand Theatre du Luxembourg and Company of Music Vienna, “Mausemarchen und Riesengeschichte”. He did also video installations for contemporary opera productions as "O Defunto" (Portugal), "Trouble in Tahiti" and "The Roughcastsong" for the Flanders Opera Studio in Gent and Rotterdam, "La Strada" for the Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Gent, "Rosmersholm" for CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém and "Der Turm" for GTL, Grand Theatre du Luxembourg. In collaboration with Claude Lenners, created the film "[tʃes]" (Chess) for the Rainy Days Festival 2012 in the Philharmonie, Luxembourg. Also in 2012 he won the prizes for Best Cinematography and Best Editing in Shortcutz, Short Film Festival in Lisbon, for João Leitão’s film - The Great Monteleone. In 2012 lectured in ESAD - Escola Superior de Artes e Design Matosinhos. In 2015 he did the video installation for Gonçalo Waddington’s theatre play - Albertine O Continente Celeste. Teatro Municipal de S. Luiz in Lisbon. In 2016 he created in a collaboration with Emilie Lauwers the video installation for the opera BABEL in The Het Paleis - Belgium, won the Sophia award by the Portuguese Cinema Academy for best Art Direction on Capitão Falcão together with João Leitão and Nuno Tomaz and was also nominated for Best Editing, created for the Berlin Philharmonie the video installation for the opera The Two Fiddlers by Peter Maxwell Davies. Directed by Ela Bauman and Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, did the cinematography for Emily Wardill's film No Trace Of Accelerator for the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Bergen Kunsthall, as well for James Newitt film To Attempt to Become Other, Secretly or Not, created the video installation for the theatre play “A Origem das Espécies” from Charles Darwin for the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II - Portugal. In 2017 he created for the Berlin Philharmonie the video installation for the opera To The Moon And Back by Andrew Norman. Directed by Ela Bauman and Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.
projects: Fenrir, de Riesewollef
Pierre Cocq- Amann is a french composer and multi-instrumentalist from Metz.
He earned his degrees in classical saxophone at the Conservatories in Metz, Lyon and Paris.
As a student, he won several international sax competitions. (UFAM,WATRELLOS, BELLAN…) and is diplomated from the CEFEDEM Ile-de-France.
Pierre is a great Multi-Instrumentalist who performs and records in several styles of music all over the world (Europe, Asia, America, India…)
He got his degree in Jazz Saxophone at the renowned "Centre des Musiques de Didier Lockwood (CDML)" in Paris.
Pierre is a passionate musician who likes to add new challenges to his music and mix up different arts together, like painting, dancing, acting…
He was a full-time solo-sax player at the MUSIQUE RTNE for 5 years and is titular organist of the church in Saint Julien-les-Metz.
He is actually teaching jazz saxophone and jazz history at the Conservatory in Luxembourg