©Background photo: Andreas Gärtner

MAM.manufaktur für aktuelle musik was founded by International Ensemble Modern Academy fellows in 2010, in response to a common passion for new forms of expression and performance in the music of today. The musicians see themselves as a liberal and internationally positioned collective, one that extends the idea of an ensemble through interdisciplinary engagement, bringing to life new sounds and sound concepts.

MAM collaborates with composers such as Gordon Kampe, Oxana Omelchuk, Hannes Seidl, Robin Hoffmann, Neo Hülcker and Jagoda Szmytka, and maintains a performance schedule at festivals such as the Donaueschinger Musiktage, the Darmstadt International Summer Course for New Music, AchtBrücken Festival and New Talents Biennale in Cologne, Klangwerkstatt Berlin, pgnm Festival Bremen, klub katarakt festival Hamburg.

MAM has a special interest in music theatre: in collaboration with Jagoda Szmytka, they co-created an evening-length music theatre at the ECLAT Festival in Stuttgart in 2017. In 2019, the musicians worked with Hang Su on a new multimedia music theatre to be shown at BAM festival Berlin, and their new production of Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire was performed in numerous countries in Southeast Asia. Their work with Elaine Mitchener and Dam Van Huyhn, On Being Human as Praxis, based on texts by Sylvia Winter, was shown at the Donaueschinger Musiktage and recorded by SWR.

In addition to the cultivation of contemporary repertoire, the musicians are committed to the upkeep and extension of alternative and experimental praxis at the intersection of performance, improvisation and the interpretation of composed music. MAM is a place of experimentation, boundary crossing and improbable confluences.