Photo Credit: Gisela Nauck

Klanglandschaften: Seeing music/hearing nature at Mühlenbeck/Hobrechtsfelde / 24-26.06.2022

With Klanglandschaften 2019, north of Berlin in Brandenburg State, a cultural event has been created for the first time which uniquely combines artistic creativity with an immersive Nature experience. “Klanglandschaften” is simultaneously a music festival, a sensorial space experience and knowledge transfer.

The festival raises awareness of the beauty and dangers of nature on one’s own doorstep, making the global locally tangible. It offers the space for existing works from musical modernism and facilitates the emergence of new formats.
The 3rd edition of “Klanglandschaften” from 24th to 26th June 22 will be held under the theme “Endangered Zones of Forest and Meadow”. Once again, the programme combines concerts – including some world premières – sound installations, landscape compositions and nature audio walks with guided tours, lectures and films.

The audience’s attention will be focused on the extensive inclusion of the natural environment in the musical compositions from the start of the festival on Friday evening, at Summter See. “Totholz” by Peter Köszeghy is a concertante sonic action in – and with – the forest. Afterwards, and also at Summter See, we invite the listeners to “Madrigal für eine Grille mit Saitenspiel“, for string orchestra by Olga Rayeva, specially commissioned for the festival.

The second day starts with the world premiére of DorfLandschaftsKomposition (village landscape composition) „klang.wandel“ by Ralf Hoyer. This composition, commissioned by the festival, will take place at the green village centre of Mühlenbeck as a response to local environmental problems: cutting down trees along the main road and increasing traffic noise. Throughout the day, from 11 am until sunset, the sound installation “Vom Verschwinden” (On Disappearance) by Kirsten Reese can be experienced in the middle of the meadow on the grounds of Berufsförderungswerk with 25 small loudspeakers in the grass. This is also where the KNM Berlin ensemble will design the audio course “Ecological Footprint – Music for a Landscape Park”. The course offers highly diverse installative, interactive and concertante works in seven venues, including Carola Bauckholt’s “Doppelbelichtung” for violin and samples and Farzia Fallah’s “15 Skulpturen” for percussion, trombone, and viola. Another highlight is the musical reading “Zoom ins Moos” – with the distinguished writer Ulrike Draesner and Paul Hübner on trumpet and alphorn – in the evening in the Mühlenbeck village church.

What is special about “Klanglandschaften” – apart from the musical experience of nature – is the correspondence of the compositions with the different moods of the day.Two works by Sandeep Bhagwati will mark this summer day, first the choral installation “Zwitschermusik” at sunrise: “Von Sang und Stille / Of Sound and Silence” is the title of the world première by the composer, sound artist and curator starting at 4.46 am, an immersive sound cloud for human larynxes with audio scores and madrigal singers. “Sechsfüßlermusik” follows at 12.00 noon. Bhagwati’s world premiere “Von Wind und Sirren” / Of Winds and Whirrings” is a comprovisation – a current hybrid term for composition and improvisation – for portable wind instruments with audio scores based on insect sounds.

Another highlight is the joint project of the Sound Studies programme of the University of the Arts Berlin and students of Eberswalde University of Sustainable Development (HNEE). From 2 pm, art and knowledge of nature will be combined in an impressive two-hour audio tour: “Nature, Sound Art and The Sacred”. The summer Sunday and with it the “3rd Klanglandschaften” will be concluded with Carolin Widmann’s recital at the Rieselfelder Ost Hobrechtsfelde. For one hour until sunset at 9.33 pm, the celebrated violinist will combine classical contemporary solo compositions for her instrument with improvisations to the summer evening sounds of forest and field.

3. KLANGLANDSCHAFTEN: Seeing music | hearing nature

24-26.06.2022 | Doors 17:00 CET | Starts 18:00 CET
Summt – Mühlenbeck – Hobrechtsfelde

How to get there:
Summter See: S8 to Mühlenbeck/Mönchmühle, followed by bus 806 to Summt Mühlenbeck: S8 to Mühlenbeck/Mönchmühle Hobrechtsfelde: S2 to Röntgental or Buch, from there by bike or walking (3.9 km)

Funded by the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg, Musikfonds, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Barnim, the District of Oberhavel, the Municipalities of Mühlenbecker Land and Panketal and the Climate Cultures Network. With the kind support of: Akademie der Künste, Gewerbeverein Mühlenbecker Land e.V. and Förderverein Naturpark Barnim.
Our thanks for the support in the implementation of the whole project goes to: Gemeinde Mühlenbecker Land / Förderverein Naturpark Barnim e.V. / Dorfkirche Mühlenbeck, especially to Pastor Bernhard Hasse / Berufsförderungswerk Berlin-Brandenburg, Standort Mühlenbeck / Studio für Elektroakustische Musik der AdK
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