klubkatarakt14
International Festival for Experimental Music
January 16th – 19th, 2019
Kampnagel Hamburg

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Festival overview

Opening
Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
20:00 Parcours – Concert installation for a wandering audience in three halls

In its opening concerts klubkatarakt explores new forms of presenting experimental music. We are continuing our work concerning collective and autonomous music-making in large groups. The audience is able to move through different spaces and soundscapes to explore a concert installation that is kept flexible in its settings. This is made possible by the fact that our three halls at Kampnagel are adjacent and connected.

klubkatarakt offers a parcours to the audience which is designed solely by sound sources. By their distance or proximity, these suggest an open sequence of movement.

In 2019 klubkatarakt presents not only contemporary experimental music but also experimental music from a total of nine centuries. The basic inspiration for this is Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s idea of the spherical shape of time which the composer conceived in the 1960s.

„Has Schönberg come further than Bach, or Webern further than Josquin? The great musical achievements remain independent of the time of their musical creation.“
(quoted from B.A.Zimmermann „Vom Handwerk des Komponisten“)

The Hamburg ensemble Trobar e Cantar, the Gamelan ensemble Margi Budoyo and composers’ collective Nelly Boyd, electronic artists such as Nika Son, Gregory Büttner and Thomas Leboeg and instrumentalists such as violinist Lisa Lammel, harpsichordist Christine Lanz and percussionist Jonathan Shapiro are among those who are requested for this project. Also present will be this year’s Artist in Residence pianist
Ju-Ping Song from the USA.

Solo
Thursday, January 17th, 2019
18:00 Panel with Ju-Ping Song, Frank Bretschneider, Max Marcoll, Phill Niblock
20:00 Ju-Ping Song: Women Composers
21:30 Frank Bretschneider: EXP – audiovisual performance

The second day of the festival begins with a solo concert performance of our Artist-in-Residence Ju-Ping Song. For 25 years, the American has dedicated herself exclusively to piano and ensemble music after 1900. She has inspired and premiered numerous new works. beyond-the-recital format performances are colorful, virtuoso and often include soundtracks or video.

For klubkatarakt, Ju-Ping Song presents a programme with music by four female composers from four different countries: Anna Thorvaldsdóttir from Iceland, Nicole Lyzée from Canada, Lois V Vierk from the USA and Rahilia Hasanova from Azerbaijan.
Ju-Ping Song will also be heard at the opening and the Long Night on the last day of the festival.

Frank Bretschneider creates the night concert with his music-visual work EXP an attempt to translate the qualities of music – movement, rhythm, intensity etc. – into visual phenomena. The visual animation represents an exact image of the sound events, which consist of feedbacks, impulses, sounds of electricity and other radiations. The computer-generated images thus acquire an unexpected beauty, from simple geometric patterns to extraordinarily complex forms.

Frank Bretschneider has been working in the field of experimental music and audiovisuals since 1984 (at that time still in the GDR). He founded
AG Geige, an influential underground band, and later on the label raster-noton, together with Carsten Nicolai.

The evening starts with a panel discussion with the featured artists of this year’s festival: Ju-Ping Song, Frank Bretschneider, Maximilian Marcoll and Phill Niblock.

Space
Friday, January 18th, 2019
20:00 Maximilian Marcoll: HACK
21:30 Phill Niblock at 85

Maximilian Marcoll’s HACK features two electric guitarists and an electronic performer in the middle of the stage, the audience close around them. To the left and right are large walls of amplifiers. The guitarists produce a continuous wall of sound, which is thrown onto the two amplifier walls in constantly changing pulses and in constant alternation. An acoustic strobe that ranges from short pin pricks to seemingly endless acceleration.
The piece is interpreted by the experimental guitar duo AAA—-AAA (Tim Roller and Thilo Ruck) and the composer.

In the night concert klubkatarakt presents the intermediate artist and grand master of minimalist drone music Phill Niblock with the world premiere of Two Blooms and One Large Rose. Niblock, who turned 85 in October 2018, is known for his massive sound walls based on microtonal layers, which are accompanied in concert by projections of his films, such as the series The Movement of People Working. Phill Niblock was already guest at klubkatarakt in 2006 and 2014.

One Large Rose was created in 2008 for the Hamburg composers’ collective Nelly Boyd. For this combination with the piece Two Blooms, Nelly Boyd plays together with the ensemble Partitions & Resonances from Berlin.

Long
Saturday, January 19th, 2019
20:00 Gamelan Orchestra Sekar Budaya
21:00 New compositions and experimental films of the katarakt network
01:00 Sutsche

The Long Night originated from a concert format developed in the 1990s by the composers’ collective katarakt. The concept is simple but holds new surprises every year, as the festival presents for the most part premieres of the local Hamburg scene as well as international guests in all three halls. The stylistic range is wide, from composed scores, electronics and improvisation to the Drone Doom of the young Hamburg duo Father Sky Mother Earth. In 2019 we also continue our collaboration with the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg (Short Film Agency Hamburg) and will show latest international experimental short films during the program. The evening starts with a performance of the Hamburg-based Gamelan Orchestra Sekar Budaya.

The closing party will be deejayed by the Hamburg trio Sutsche, consisting of the DJs akaak, Martin Moritz and Gurss Von Dred. Since 2008 they are playing their techno- and house-maxis too slow, in 33 instead of 45 rpm.

Compositions, films, improvisations, audiovisual pieces and performances by:
Ernst Bechert, Josephin Böttger, Sascha Demand, Robert Engelbrecht, Father Sky Mother Earth, Jan Feddersen, Ignacio Fernández-Bollo, Niclas Gerull, Giraffe, Jürgen Hall, René Huthwelker, Rainer Kohlberger, Thomas Leboeg, Matt Marks, Nelly Boyd, Sarah Nemtsov, Charly Schöppner, Nico Seel, Jonathan Shapiro, Ju-Ping Song… tbc


klubkatarakt14
International Festival for Experimental Music
Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg
Daily Ticket: 15 | 9 €

Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Opening

20:00 Parcours

Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Solo

18:00 Panel with Ju-Ping Song, Frank Bretschneider, Max Marcoll, Phill Niblock
20:00 Ju-Ping Song: Women Composers
21:30 Frank Bretschneider: EXP – audiovisual performance

Friday, January 18th, 2019
Space

20:00 Maximilian Marcoll: HACK
  Duo AAA—-AAA
21:30 Phill Niblock at 85
  Nelly Boyd Kreis, Ensemble Partitions & Resonances

Saturday, January 19th, 2019
Long

20:00 Gamelan Orchestra Sekar Budaya
21:00 Long Night: New compositions and experimental films from the klubkatarakt-Network
01:00 Sutsche