Since twelve years Hamburg-based festival klub katarakt has been presenting experimental music outside of a rigid academic context, thematically and socially in an open atmosphere, with an experimental layout and structure.

The festival klub katarakt adresses not only an audience of new music specialists, but also all generally interested listeners who don’t necessarily have a specific expertise. The audience is mixed, from all ages und with varied backgrounds.

Many important figures of the international experimental scene have been brought to Hamburg. Artists like Phill Niblock, Alvin Lucier, Rhys Chatham, Charles Curtis / La Monte Young, Éliane Radigue, Marc Sabat, Gerard Pape, Marko Ciciliani, Lois V Vierk, Christian Wolff, the European ensemble zeitkratzer and others were featured as composer or ensemble in residence.
Composers from Hamburg are also a continuous part of the festival: after Matthias Kaul, Sascha Lino Lemke and Michael Maierhof, Alexander Schubert is this year’s featured composer.

One key aspect of klub katarakt is spatial oriented music. The festival, based since 2009 at Kampnagel, has three adjacent and connected halls at its disposal. In the opening concerts they are often used for concert settings in which the audience is free to walk around through all three halls, becoming an active part of the installation. The opening 2018 will be created in cooperation with Insub Meta Orchestra from Switzerland.

Moreover klub katarakt is especially devoted to music of long sustained sounds, featuring artists like Phill Niblock, Éliane Radigue, and last but not least La Monte Young.

The festival originated in an association founded in 1992 by composition students at the Hamburg Music Academy to perform the works of its members outside the academy, mostly in venues of the club or rock scene, uncommon places for classical music.

klub katarakt started in November 2005 and distinguished itself since then as an important part of the experimental music scene. Moreover it became also a stage for audiovisual arts and presented new works by artists like Katrin Bethge, Josephin Böttger, incite/, Makino Takashi, Telcosystems, Rainer Kohlberger and Anton Kaun.

„The usual rigid handling of contemporary music is multimedially broken here, providing it with an
expanding frame.“

Hamburger Abendblatt:
„It‘s essential to arrive with open ears and engage into a quite new multimedia experience.“

„Nothing less than a ‚tide of sounds, texts and images‘ are promised by the organizers of a festival in
the Kulturforum Altona. Recommended!“

Hamburg Musik:
„klub katarakt crosses the border to new sonic worlds“