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31.07.2014

Press release 31 July 2014

A PLATFORM FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC – DARMSTADT SUMMER COURSE 2014

 

I cannot imagine a life as a composer without performing. Nor can I imagine a life as a performer without composing. They are the perfect lovers, who continuously push each other across new boundaries, while also reminding each other of the simplest things. – Stefan Prins

 

The International Summer Courses for New Music are a festival, contemporary music academy, and creative workshop, all rolled into one: new compositions will be presented, and new works will emerge. Almost 400 participants from all over the world are expected at the event, which will take place from the 2nd to the 16th of August. Seminars, workshops, concerts, lectures, discussions, rehearsals, ad- hoc formations, or casual encounters – it's all about today's music. Performing matters is the motto of the 2014 Darmstadt Summer Courses. Performing is what matters!


The festival will open with Karlheinz Stockhausen's legendary composition 'Carré'. Its complex performance layout – four orchestras and four choirs surrounding the audience and transforming each listener into a part of the composition – is difficult to realize and therefore this space composition is seldom performed. The opening concert of the festival will be one of those very rare occasions: for the first time in the almost 70-year history of the Darmstadt Summer Courses, 'Carre' will be performed by the Darmstadt Concert Choir, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Hessen radio station symphonic orchestra), and the Ensemble musikFabrik.


Other highlights of the first week of this year's Summer Courses will be the audio-visual performance 'Limbo Lander' by the Polish composer Jagoda Szmytka: a study on the identity-building process of the Frankfurter Ensemble Interface (3 August); the musical theater installation 'Audioguide' by Johannes Kreidler: a seven-hour, non-stop, talk-show about music, performed by the Norwegian Ensemble neoN (4 August); and the open-air project 'Dead Serious' by the Belgian Ensemble Nadar and the Iraqi artist Wafaa Bilal. This spectacular happening, which will take place in Georg-Büchner-Platz in front of the State Theater, will involve four hot-air balloons and a number of drones hovering above the heads of the audience and of the Ensemble Nadar, the main performers in this event (5 August).


The 47th Darmstadt International Summer Courses will be promoted by the Darmstadt International Music Institute (IMD), an institute for culture in the City of Science Darmstadt, and kindly supported by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the Art Foundation NRW, the Ministry for Science and Art of Hessen, and the German Commissioner for Culture and the Media. The Wire and hr2-kultur are media partners.
Further details can be found at the following link:

http://www.internationales-musikinstitut.de/en/program.html


Press contact / interview requests / press material: Dr. Nina Jozefowicz
Tel. +49 1523 4044570, e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

31.07.2014

A PLATFORM FOR CONTEMPORARY MUSIC – DARMSTADT SUMMER COURSE 2014

 

I cannot imagine a life as a composer without performing. Nor can I imagine a life as a performer without composing. They are the perfect lovers, who continuously push each other across new boundaries, while also reminding each other of the simplest things. – Stefan Prins

 

The International Summer Courses for New Music are a festival, contemporary music academy, and creative workshop, all rolled into one: new compositions will be presented, and new works will emerge. Almost 400 participants from all over the world are expected at the event, which will take place from the 2nd to the 16th of August. Seminars, workshops, concerts, lectures, discussions, rehearsals, ad- hoc formations, or casual encounters – it's all about today's music. Performing matters is the motto of the 2014 Darmstadt Summer Courses. Performing is what matters!