Month of Contemporary Music

field notes is proud to present the first ever Month of Contemporary Music from the 1st to the 30th of September. Venues across Berlin will play host to artistic works and approaches with open rehearsals, workshops, sound installations and discussions from the finest ensembles and musicians working in the scene today.
The music commences promptly with the first concert of the the month on the 1st of September; emsemble mosaik will play at Heimathafen Neukölln. Halfway through the month on the 16th, the multidisciplinary house of ACUD will feature the duo Hacklander \ Hatam and Giovanni Civitenga, ensuring that you can dance as well as listen. The month comes to a close on the 30th with a double booking: the Ensemble KNM Berlin presents the final instalment of their four part series »Die Welt nach Tiepolo« by Hugues Dufourt at Radialsystem V. On the same evening, Zafraan and Phønix16 will be celebrating the 100th birthday of the poet and novelist Johannes Bobrowski at the Christophorus-Kirche.
Another focal point in the month is the second edition of our Perspektivwechsel on the 10th of September in the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie Berlin. We have invited composer Rebecca Saunders and video artist Ed Atkins to discuss musicality in speech in their respective artistic work.
The big concert halls will also present contemporary music: from the Philharmonie to the Pierre Boulez-Saal to the Deutsche Oper, the doors to new music will be standing open. Yet it is the independent concert venues that are the natural home for contemporary music in Berlin: Spektrum, ausland or the exploratorium are but a few examples. With this constellation, Berlin offers a smorgasbord of venues in which not only to experience new music in its various forms but it also presents an opportunity to rediscover the city.
Alongside the resident Berlin ensembles, musicians and performers such ensemble mosaik, Ensemble Adapter, Zafraan Ensemble or Solistenensemble Phønix16, September will see musicians travelling to the city, the drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo being one of many. Musikfest Berlin will bring us internationally acclaimed orchestras with a contemporary music program: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, MusicAeterna, Ensemble Musikfabrik and the SWR Symphonieorchester. In addition to the Musikfest, other festivals will be taking place in the course of the month such as Kontakte hosted by the Akademie der Künste, the Internationale Klangkunstfest Berlin or the pyramidale.
The independent contemporary music scene in Berlin is constantly in motion, acting simultaneously as a restless incubator and experimental playing field for the diverse currents that flow throughout it. The scene in Berlin is internationally renowned and continues to draw audiences to its venues. The Month of Contemporary Music shows that Berlin is still the benchmark for the contemporary music scene.

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AsianArt Ensemble · Boulez Ensemble · Ensemble Adapter · ensemble ascolta · Ensemble KNM Berlin · ensemble mosaik · Ensemble Musikfabrik · FrauVonDa · Kairos Quartett · Les Femmes Savantes · LUX:NM · Minguet Quartett ··Orchestra MusicAeterna · Hacklander / Hatnam · Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra · Solistenensemble Phønix16 · SWR Symphonieorchester · Zafraan Ensemble · plus more

Acker Stadt Palast · ACUD · Akademie der Künste · ausland · Ballhaus Ost · BKA · Deutsche Oper Berlin · exploratorium · ExRotaprint · Hamburger Bahnhof · Halle am Berghain · Heimathafen Neukölln · Komische Oper Berlin · Konzerthaus Berlin · KulturRaum Zwingli-Kirche · Kunsthaus KuLe · Kunstquartier Bethanien · La Plaque Tournante · Meinblau Kunsthaus · Philharmonie und Kammermusiksaal · Pierre Boulez Saal · Radialsystem V · Spektrum · UdK · Villa Elisabeth · plus more

… Acousmatic · Ambient · Avantgarde · Chamber music · Composed Music · Conceptualism · Drone · Discussion Concert · Echtzeitmusik · Electronic · Experimental Music · Field Recording · Film Music · Improvisation · Installation · Instrumental · Maximalism · Minimalism · Music Theatre · New Simplicity · Noise · Opera · Organ Music · Performance · Radio Art · Reductionism · Serialism · Site-Specific · Soundwalks · Sound Art · Spectralism · Symphony · Vocal music …

field notes explores, observes and documents current developments in the contemporary music scene in Berlin and offers an overview on events and concerts.

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Supported by the inm – initiative neue musik berlin e.V. and

  • Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa
  • Europäischer Fonds für Regionale Entwicklung (EFRE)
  • Programm Stärkung des Innovationspotentials in der Kultur (INP)

Media Partners

  • Zitty
  • nmz
  • Exberliner
  • Berlin Community Radio (BCR)
  • Digital in Berlin
  • Ask Helmut

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