Avant-garde and/as Politics – concert

20 July 2013 / 8:30 p.m.
St. Elisabeth-Kirche
concert with Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin

Christian Wolff: Changing the System (1973)

Erhard Grosskopf: Lied für Bassklarinette und Streichquartett (1977)
Theo Nabicht, bass clarinet and string quartet, Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin

Georg Katzer: Bevor Ariadne kommt (Rondo) 1976 – stereo playback

Boris Filanovsky: Collectivision (2011) for seven harmonicas and button accordion
Sergej Tchirkov, accordion and Kammerensemble Neue Musik Berlin
Fedor Lednev, conductor

Two works from the heated political atmosphere of East and West Berlin in the 1970s (Katzer and Grosskopf) avoid direct confrontation but take a stand through non-verbal associations. Christian Wolff’s Changing the System is a classic of the politicized avant-garde of that era, in which the performance situation itself illustrates social processes. The instrumentation of Boris Filanovsky’s piece already refers to its theme, the precarious situation of street musicians.

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