mélange" was founded
by Almut Unger and Thomas Laukel in 1998.
The two musicians combine the flute with
the marimbaphone and vibraphone, two melodic
percussion instruments, to create a unique
sound mix. Some works are also enriched by
the addition of the piccolo or alto flute
as well as by various other instruments from
the inexhaustible resources of the percussion
family of instruments.
The repertoire of the ensemble primarily consists of works from a wide range
of epochs that have been arranged for this special ensemble. Whether music from
Mozart’s The Magic Flute, piano compositions by Maurice Ravel
or Robert Schumann, baroque sonatas, or even polkas and waltzes by Johann Strauß,
the compositions always develop a special new appeal from the finely crafted
arrangements and the fine touch of their musical realization, with the character
of the sources never being lost in this process.
A whole series of contemporary original works
for flute and various wind instruments round
off the ensemble’s programs. From time
to time the ensemble commissions works, and a
number of composers have dedicated works to the
duo in the past.
The "duo mélange" regularly presents
concerts throughout Germany, has been a guest
in numerous renowned concert series, and has
produced various recordings.