klub katarakt 12

A big THANK-YOU to all composers, musicians, our great team, all sponsors and helpful hands who made klub katarakt 12 possible.

We’d also like to specially mention all our international guests this year who came long ways to play here in Hamburg:
Carol Robinson, Julia Eckhard, Rhodri Davies, Nadar Ensemble (Marieke Berendsen, Katrien Gaelens, Yves Goemaere, Wannes Gonnissen, Daan Janssens, Pieter Matthynssens, Elisa Medinilla, Dries Tack, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe), Thomas Ankersmit and Anton Kaun.

A short documentary about the concert of Michael Maierhof with NADAR @ klub katarakt is on Youtube now.

If you want to listen to all the pieces, they will be put online one after another. The premiere of Schwingende Systeme, B for double quartet, commissioned by klub katarakt, can already be watched on Youtube.

And here a selection of impressions by our photographer Jann Wilken.

klub katarakt
International Festival for Experimental Music
January 18th – 21st, 2017
Kampnagel Hamburg

klub katarakt, the festival for experimental music, takes place for the twelfth time at Kampnagel, Hamburg, from January 18 to 21, 2017. klub katarakt evolved out of the composers’ collective katarakt, which was founded in Hamburg at the beginning of the 1990ies to present compositions by its members in for this music unconventional venues of the club and rock scene.

The klub katarakt festival took place for the first time in November 2005 and since then has established itself beyond Hamburg as an important element in the experimental music scene. Artistic directors Jan Feddersen, Robert Engelbrecht, and Ernst Bechert present this year again a multimedia platform for latest experimental music.

klub katarakt explores and develops new dimensions of perception.
This time with works by John Cage, Michael Maierhof, Éliane Radigue, Thomas Ankersmit, Anton Kaun, F#X, Nika Son, Phuong-Dan and many more.

See the Festivaltrailer 2017 by Lorin Strohm and Thomas Korf.

Festival overview

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
20:00 John Cage – 103 and One11
22:30 C

klub katarakt presents at its opening for the first time an orchestral concert in collaboration with the Junge Symphoniker Hamburg: the Hamburg premiere of 103 for large orchestra by John Cage with the simultaneous projection of his film One11. One11 is a „film without subject“, showing a subtle interplay of light and shadow in an empty space. In 103, the orchestra plays without conductor following a stopwatch, each musician deciding individually how to shape his or her (given) part. The piece thus breaks with conventional orchestra traditions and demands alert, independent performers. A 90-minute ocean of constantly changing sounds and images: a special experience for the audience as well as for the musicians!

Afterwards Hamburg duo C will perform in a night concert. Nika Son and F#X are composing musical sculptures and collages and invent structures and spaces which can calm and disturb at the same time.

simply splitting?
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
18:00 Lecture Michael Maierhof
19:30 Portrait Michael Maierhof
22:00 Thomas Ankersmit

The second festival day devotes itself to the Hamburg composer Michael Maierhof. In his pieces he deals with our acoustic environment, using everyday objects like clothes pegs, plastic cups, balloons or electric toothbrushes. „I’m preoccupied by our acoustic reality because it gets on my nerves, being attractive to me at the same time. I have to deal with that as a composer and find my own stance. I’m bringing the acoustic reality in the concert hall, translated, stylized. I’m not using construction machinery but classical instruments, or I’m developing new ones, in an artificial space, thus reconfiguring reality in a perceptible way,“ says Michael Maierhof. His compositions often focus on the exploration of a single complex sound and the silence between the sounds. Apart from pieces of his series splitting there will also be the premiere of a work commissioned by klub katarakt. Belgian Nadar Ensemble has been invited for this portrait, one of the most innovative formations of Europe’s experimental scene.

The night concert is given by Thomas Ankersmit. He works with large modular analogue synthesizers and often deliberately misuses his equipment, using feedback and disruptions to the signal, and the extremes of frequency and dynamics, to create visceral but finely detailed swarms of sound, which seen to envelop the listener.

Occam Ocean
Friday, January 20th, 2017
20:00 Portrait Éliane Radigue

The great French composer Éliane Radigue is an acclaimed pioneer of electronic music for decades. She is writing instrumental works exclusively since 2000. Her music is characterized by long, slowly evolving sounds and an instinct for finest nuances; a „subtle sound world fashioned from breath, pulsation, beating, murmurs and radiant harmonics.“ klub katarakt presents pieces from her new large cycle Occam Ocean, performed by Carol Robinson, Julia Eckhardt, and Rhodri Davies. In addition a commissioned new trio which will be premiered by musicians of the katarakt network.

Long Night
Saturday, January 21st, 2017
20:00 New compositions and experimental films of the katarakt network
22:00 Special Guest: Anton Kaun
01:00 Nikae und Phuong-Dan

In the Long Night, the festival presents premieres of the local Hamburg scene as well as international guests. In addition, latest international experimental short films are shown in collaboration with the ShortFilmAgency Hamburg.

Special guest of the Long Night is noise and video artist Anton Kaun aka Rumpeln aka Sonytony aka Kaundown, known for his collaboration with The Notwist and Console. Using video beamers, laptop, diverse self-built sound modules, distortion units and gardening tools, he is producing wildly rhythmicized cascades of images and sound. A big anarchic experience full of wit and power.

The closing party is arranged by Hamburg DJs Nikae and Phuong-Dan. Both perform regularly at Hamburg’s famous Golden Pudel Club and are known for their experimental mixes, which are good to dance to as well.

Since its inception in 2005, klub katarakt brought many important figures of the international experimental music scene to Hamburg. Artists like Phill Niblock, Alvin Lucier, Rhys Chatham, Charles Curtis / La Monte Young / Marian Zazeela, Marc Sabat, Gerard Pape, Matthias Kaul, Marko Ciciliani, Lois V Vierk, Christian Wolff, Sascha Lino Lemke, European ensemble zeitkratzer and others were featured as composer / ensemble in residence.

Beyond that, the festival has presented latest works by audiovisual artists like Katrin Bethge, Josephin Böttger, incite/, Makino Takashi, Telcosystems and Rainer Kohlberger.

klub katarakt 12

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

20:00 John Cage: 103 & One11
  Junge Symphoniker Hamburg
22:30 C

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

18:00 Lecture Michael Maierhof
19:30 Michael Maierhof: simply splitting?
  Nadar Ensemble
22:00 Thomas Ankersmit

Friday, January 20th, 2017

20:00 Éliane Radigue: Occam Ocean
  Carol Robinson, Julia Eckhardt, Rhodri Davies, Erik Drescher, Robert Engelbrecht, Volker Hemken

Saturday, January 21st, 2017

20:00 Long Night: New compositions and experimental films from the klub katarakt-Network
22:00 Anton Kaun
01:00 DJs Nikae & Phuong-Dan