There is no such thing as new music. And there has never been one. Otherwise, when did it start? Was it in 1778 when the futurist intonarumori were first designed by the engineers of Ekhof-Theater?
Thirty years before that, when minimalist idea of combination tones were first theorized by Giuseppe Tartini? Or was it in XIII Century when Schoenberg’s “Reihe” were presupposed by Raymond Llull in his computation techniques? Or earlier?
Avant Avant Garde is an anachronistic chase for experimental practices in scores, prints and treatises way before terms such as “new”, “contemporary”, “experimental” or “avant garde” music were conceived. We dig in the history not in search of schools and trends of music making.
Carl Michael von Hausswolff
We dig to find maverick who could not wait until XXth century to see themselves becoming silent patrons of most thrilling adventures in sound making. What we find is people working with what they had at hands – objects, burning flames, spilling waters and blowing wind studying the mechanics at the heart of music and heralding sound art.
The material researched for Avant Avant Garde forms a body of commissions for four nights of music in Cologne, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin. Each will contain exclusively world premiers.
Spat’Sonore creates a sound installation and performance by 8 musicians (Nicolas Chedmail, Philippe Bord, Olivier Germain-Noureux, Joris Rühl, tba) for natural experiments with sound projection of acoustic instruments.
Gamut Ensemble plays compositions by Marion Wörle and Maciej Sledziecki for self-constructed computerdriven music machines, built and developed over the last year together with Gerhard Kern.
Razen are Brecht Ameel (detuned santur, psaltery, bouzouki & bombus), Kim Delcour (bagpipes, shawm, recorders), Paul Garriau (hurdy gurdy) and Pieter Lenaerts (double-bass). They follow computational figures of 13th Century aelatoric arts of Raymond Llull.
Razen will perform ‘Mount Randa’, a single longform piece for hurdy gurdy, bagpipes, 5 string double bass and bombus, in which they will use some of Ramon Llull’s aleatoric principles in order to establish a connection between Llullism as an art of memory, and their own instruments’ memory of tuning and intervals.
Carl Michael von Hausswolff explors the sound of ideas of 18th Century Swedish scientist Emanuel Swedenborg.
Avant Avant Garde IV: The Concerts LIVE
w/ Karolina Ossowska, Mikołaj Pałosz & Ralf Meinz | Spat’Sonore | Gamut Ensemble | Razen | Carl Michael von Hausswolff
presented by Zentrum für aktuelle Musik