klubkatarakt16
International Festival for Experimental Music
January 20th – 23rd, 2021
Kampnagel, Hamburg

Festival overview

Opening
Wednesday, January 20th, 2021
20:00 THREE SPACES

Inspired by the unique possibilities that Kampnagel affords us, we have, since 2009, developed various innovative modes of presenting experimental music. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we will not be featuring a concert-installation for the audience to explore through movement this year. But a little hike can’t hurt. The ensemble Nelly Boyd will open the festival with a composition by recently deceased composer and percussionist Matthias Kaul, who was a close friend of both the festival and the ensemble itself. Do nothing, just wait, the singing will start…. sooner or later is a composition for cymbals and japanese electric toothbrushes from 2012.

Subsequently, Hamburg based Decoder Ensemble will present Dissociated Press by Leopold Hurt, a modularly arranged series of compositions, which began in 2017 as a work-in-progress. Its instrumentation ranges from solo pieces with electronic elements to septets – conceived to suit the characteristic line-up of Decoder. Dissociated Press – intended as a pun on „Associated Press“ – designates an algorithm for the automated generation of texts based on known speech patterns. From this, the cycle derives and unites different approaches to the notion of the remix, both on the levels of language as well as music. In an ongoing dialogue between original and copy, mashup and fake, perceptions gradually shift.

The night concert will consist of Lisa Lammel and Desheng Chen playing the last completed composition of Italian composer Luigi Nono (1924–1990): “Hay que caminar” Soñando for two violins (1989). The central theme of this piece is wandering. Nono took the title from an inscription that he discovered in the wall of a monestary in Toledo: „Caminante no hay caminos hay que caminar“ („Wanderer. There are no paths. There is only wandering“). To this, Nono added „dreaming“. This composition invites its two instrumentalists to play the piece from various positions – traversing their shared space in a somnambulistic way.

The concert with Decoder Ensemble is friendly support by:

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Klaus Lang in Residence
Thursday, January 21st, 2021
18:00 Presentation Klaus Lang
20:00 Klaus Lang Portrait concert 1
21:30 Klaus Lang Portrait concert 2

Born in 1971 in Graz, Austrian composer Klaus Lang is this year’s Composer in Residence. For Lang, music is a free acoustic object-in-itself. In his work, sound is not so much used as auditorily explored and „given the possibility to unfold its rich inherent beauty“ (Lang).

After a presentation and talk on his own compositional work, Lang will present various pieces in two concerts with the Austrian Trio Amos and Swiss pianist Tamriko Kordzaia, with Lang himself playing the Harmonium. This portrait concert will also feature the premiere of a new composition, commissioned by klubkatarakt.
Trio Amos consists of Sylvie Lacroix (flute), Michael Moser (violoncello) and Krassimir Sterev (accordion).

Matthias Kaul in memoriam
Friday, January 22nd, 2021
20:00 Matthias Kaul / Pilkentafel: SHOWER (2019)
21:30 Matthias Kaul in memoriam: Ensemble L'ART POUR L'ART

On the first of July 2020, percussionist and composer Matthias Kaul passed away. klubkatarakt dedicates its third day to the commemmoration of this notable musician and exceptional human being. The evening begins with Kaul’s last work SHOWER, a musical theatre for solo performer with Torsten Schütte, directed by Elisabeth Bode of Theaterwerkstatt Pilkentafel from Flensburg. SHOWER means: cleansing of the body, ritual, hygiene, compulsion, indulgence, centering yourself in yourself, feeling yourself, awakening, retreating, waste, luxury. Too much water is bad, as is too little, not to mention water in the wrong places or filthy water, and without water, everything falls apart.

The following portrait concert will present five of Kaul’s compositions, curated by the flutist Astrid Schmeling and the festival’s artistic direction. The concert will be performed by the musicians of the ensemble L’art pour l’art, which was co-founded by Kaul himself.

Long Night Special Edition
Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
20:00 Andrea Neumann
21:00 Nika Son
22:00 Lucrecia Dalt (RVNG Intl)
23:00 Huthwelker & Hoffmann

Instead of the traditional Long Night, the last festival day will present four shorter individual concerts this year.

The Berlin based composer and pianist Andrea Neumann will perform a solo show on an so called „Innenklavier“: a reduction of the instrument to the strings, the resonating body and the cast- iron frame. From the dismantled vestige of a piano, which is amplified and defamiliarized with the help of electronics, Andrea Neumann has developed numerous distinct techniques, sounds and preparations.

Nika Son is a freelance musician, artist, DJ and sounddesigner for films based in Hamburg. As an audio artist, she is dedicated to the search for exceptional sounds and the discovery of new and old technologies of music. She will present her first solo album To Eeyore (2020) in concert.

A special guest of this years edition is the Colombia-born, Berlin based musician Lucrecia Dalt (RVNG Intl). Her work encompasses the worlds of the avantgarde and contemporary electronic music, influenced by her background as a geotechnician, as well as music and philosophies from all over the world. klubkatarakt features the Hamburg premiere of her new album No era sólida (released in September 2020) in a live setting.

René Huthwelker and Carl-John Hoffmann will perform an audiovisual concert. In his solo performances, Huthwelker uses analog-synthetic feedback loops to create a form of repetitive minimalism, which gradually consolidates itself into pulsating structures. Video artist Carl-John Hoffmann will facilitate the concert with live visuals. Both artists are members in the polymedial artist collective Niedervolthoudini from Hamburg.

klubkatarakt16
International Festival for Experimental Music
Kampnagel, Jarrestraße 20, 22303 Hamburg

Wednesday, January 20th
Opening

20:00 Three Spaces
  with Decoder Ensemble & Heinrich Horwitz, Lisa Lammel & Desheng Chen & Nelly Boyd Kreis

Thursday, January 21st
Klaus Lang in Residence

18:00 Presentation Klaus Lang
20:00 Klaus Lang Portrait concert 1
21:30 Klaus Lang Portrait concert 2
  with Trio Amos, Tamriko Kordazia & Klaus Lang

Friday, January 22nd
Matthias Kaul in memoriam

20:00 Matthias Kaul / Pilkentafel: SHOWER (2019)
21:30 Ensemble L’ART POUR L’ART

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021
Long Night Special Edition

20:00 Andrea Neumann
21:00 Nika Son
22:00 Lucrecia Dalt (RVNG Intl)
23:00 Huthwelker & Hoffmann