The interplay of new music and film has a long tradition. Oskar Fischinger and Walter Ruttmann are examples of filmmakers who have engaged with sound, and likewise of composers who work with visual elements. These two pioneers of the close relationship of music and film may be considered the inspiration for this “Movie Night”, which studies how the impulse of Fischinger and Ruttmann has evolved.
Kontraklang opened the 2017 concert season with the two-day festival “Tactile Paths”. For its next event, this Berlin contemporary music concert series will offer another new format – an evening of films. It will feature composers and visual artists who work with film and video as musical material, from both Berlin and abroad. The cornerstone of the program is the world premiere of a 27-minute sound-film hybrid for video and electronic music by Swedish composer Marcus Fjellström, Orchesterbuch #1: to heal an ailing landscape.
The former Berlin resident Fjellström has also composed operas and orchestral music. He has animated many of his own films, which have been “performed” either with electroacoustic music or live performers. Legendary experimental filmmaker Michael Snow, who has also been active in improvised music since the 1950s, will be featured with his recent short film Puccini Conservato.
Kontraklang Movie Night with films by Marcus Fjellström, Michael Snow, Ansgar Wilken and more
Sunday, 12.03.2017| 20:00 CET
Kottbusser Damm 22 | 10967 Berlin | Germany