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POOL OF INVENTION (POI) is an international collective of artists dedicated to transcultured art. The collective consists of musicians, dancers, poets, visual artists and other creative minds from diverse cultures around the world. Each project is based on the slogan ‘1 + 1 = 3’, a metaphor for the added value of diversity and cooperation. At the heart of the Pool is a highly efficient core group that brings together expertise in design, video, photography, funding and business management. This ensures a holistic approach to supervising every individual POI project. Pool of Invention was founded by German musician and world traveller Florian Willeitner, who functions as artistic director and liaison for all activities. The Pool of Invention Ensemble is the Pool’s ‘home’ ensemble. It sees itself as an ensemble without borders for the 21st century, with music, dance, performance and other art forms understood as part of a larger whole and integrated with each other. In addition, the members’ cultural diversity and ‘multilingualism’ play a major role in the ensemble’s aesthetics and self-image. Flexibility in casting enables each individual project to have a different focus.
The philosophy of Pool of Invention is based on three main pillars.
The most important pillar is added value through diversity at all levels. Every POI project is more than the summer of its content. The aim is a symbiosis that elevates this content to a higher, common level (1 + 1 = 3). This claim relates to the cultural level (transculturalization) as well as to the merging of different arts.
"1 + 1 = 3" as a formula for successful integration, not only in art, is therefore an important contribution to the political discourse of our time.
Innovation & Creation
Pool of Invention aims to create new, creative content. Tradition is not perceived as a burden, but as an indispensable source of inspiration for a tradition in the now.
The claim to innovation relates primarily to the specific artistic product, secondarily to its presentation (innovative concert formats, etc.).
At a time when "crossover" is mostly located in the "entertainment art" category, Pool of Invention is a brand that stands for "crossover" with the claim of "art music".
FLORIAN WILLEITNER, born in Passau in 1991, is a multiple award-winning German violinist, composer and arranger. His focus lies in integrating diverse musical cultures, including classical music, jazz and folk music from all over the world, and to this end he founded the artists’ platform Pool of Invention in 2019. He has created works for renowned orchestras, festivals and soloists, including the Tonkünstlerorchester Niederösterreich, the Stuttgart Music Festival, violinist Benjamin Schmid, tuba artist Andreas Hofmeir or Rolando Villazon and the Salzburg Mozart Week. His music is performed at renowned venues and festivals. He has given concerts all over Europe and beyond. In 2016 he won second prize at the International Zbigniew Seifert Competition, one of the world’s biggest jazz violin competitions. In 2017 he completed his Master’s degree at the Mozarteum University, having studied under Benjamin Schmid. For the EU summit of the 28 European leaders in September 2018, he created the work Mozart in the Shape of Europe, which consists of variations on the famous theme of Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik in many European and non-European styles. In January 2019 he began his collaboration with the Salzburg Mozart Week. He is also the composer of the contemporary compulsory piece for solo violin to be played at the International Mozart Competition 2020.
Ivan Turkalj is a passionate grandmaster of his instrument, the cello, as well as an entrepreneur in music and technology. With his music label Rhythmic Dog he releases music by groundbreaking ensembles and individuals. As a cellist he performs classical repertoire with equal ease and persuasiveness as he does innovate projects, which plumb the depths of the cello’s potential all the way to Indie Rock, and which spotlight his musical versatility. As the founder and member of such successful bands and ensembles as The Erlkings, New Piano Trio or The Hidden Cameras, he has made guest appearances in such venues as the Konzerthaus Berlin, Barbican Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, Allianz Arena in Munich, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, and the Sendesaal of the radio station WDR in Cologne. With his sparkling musical enthusiasm he has captivated audiences at large festivals such as the Schleswig Holstein Music Festival or the Heidelberg Frühling. Turkalj creates great moments on stage through his talent, ability, and musical passion – regardless of the type of music that is being played. As an entrepreneur he worked worldwide as Head of Business Development and as Product Manager in Start-ups in Music and Technology.
We're happy to have Daniel Witzke and KD Schmid on board as our official Booking Partner.
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