Now in its 12th year, the Maerz Musik festival presented by Berliner Festspiele as ever offers the finest in a stimulating assortment of modern classical, experimental and new music.
Among the many hightlights of this years programme includes a special performance of The Cave by Steve Reich together with Beryl Korot.
The 12th edition of MaerzMusik − Festival of Contemporary Music pursues three dynamic, partially interwoven themes, presented under the headings Percussion, Minidrama – Monodrama – Melodrama and Break & Change: Turkey – Levant – Maghreb. The monumental video-oratorio The Cave, by Steve Reich and Beryl Korot with Ensemble Modern, illustrates the conflict between the Jewish and Arabic peoples in Palestine, which dates back to the mythological depths of the time of Abraham.
Steve Reich | The Cave
Percussion has become an increasingly more significant component of 20th and 21st century new music. The concept of sound has experienced a broad expansion and diversification, accepting as musical material any acoustic occurrence, natural or engineered, any noise beyond the world of “notes”.
This development fostered the emancipation of percussion from a more functional role to a fundamental element of compositional creation and also saw an astonishing increase in the arsenal of percussive instruments. MaerzMusik 2013 presents new and older works, which highlight the eminent role of percussion in new music from various perspectives.
The full programme of the MaerzMusik festival 2013 is available on the website of the Berliner Festspiele: www.berlinerfestspiele.de
MaerzMusik – Festival für aktuelle Musik
Friday, 15.03. – Sunday, 24.03.2013
Various Locations: Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Radialsystem V, Konzerthaus Berlin, Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Philharmonie, Berghain etc.