MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2019: The opening weekend features works by Rzewski, Rădulescu and Jennifer Walshe as well as “Persepolis” by Iannis Xenakis at the launch of “Tele-Visions”

On Friday, 22 March, Berliner Festspiele will launch the 2019 MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues at Haus der Berliner Festspiele with music by Rzewski and Rădulescu. The project “Tele-Visions” will begin with an opening night in the Underground Hall at silent green and continue to present more than 250 television productions on contemporary music of the 1950s and 1990s until 31 March.

On Friday, 22 March, the festival’s OPENING will take place at 20.00h at Haus der Berliner Festspiele: For the first time, the large-scale composition “Clepsydra” (1981/82) by Horațiu Rădulescu will be presented in its original version, interpreted by 16 international, Berlin-based musicians under the musical direction of Samuel Dunscombe and Ernst Surberg. At the opening night’s beginning, the US-American composer Frederic Rzweski will play his variation work “The People United Will Never Be Defeated” (1975), which he will perform once more in a completely different context at The Long Now, where he will also present the world premiere of another work (Time table The Long Now). MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues 2019 is the festival’s fifth edition under the artistic direction of Berno Odo Polzer and will take place from 22 to 31 March, presenting more than 30 concerts, performances, film presentations, exhibitions and discourse events.

On Saturday, 23 March at 14.00h, the conference THINKING TOGETHER will be opened by philosopher Timothy Morton, best-known for his books “Dark Economy” and “Being Ecological”. In its fifth year, the discursive format Thinking Together will look at history and historiography through a politically focused lens of time and examine outdated concepts of linear time and history. Timothy Morton will be featured on Sunday, 24 March at 20.00h on stage at Haus der Berliner Festspiele as part of the multimedia music project TIME TIME TIME, which he developed with composer Jennifer Walshe and which will bring together nine performers from a wide range of musical backgrounds.

On Saturday, 23 March at 19.00h, the large-scale project TELE-VISIONS will be launched at the Underground Hall of silent green. More than 250 TV programmes – treasures from 40 television archives ranging from reportage to TV-opera – from the years 1950 to 1990 will be presented. The TV-programme, which has now been published, includes more than 458 hours of film and numerous discussion events. At 20.00h, the internationally acclaimed exhibition “A Utopian Stage. Festival of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967-1977)”, presented in cooperation with SAVVY Contemporary, will be opened. Following this, Iannis Xenakis’ legendary tape-composition “Persepolis”, commissioned by the Shiraz Festival, will be presented at the Underground Hall at 21.00h.

Further projects of the festival include a live interaction in music, image and text “Recital for Terry Adkins” by George Lewis and the New York Ensemble Pamplemousse, the new project “the then + the now = now time” by the vocal artist and performer Elaine Mitchener. The concert evening “Clocks without Hands”, featuring works by composers Ashley Fure, Justė Janulytė and Olga Neuwirth. The silent film “Stadt ohne Juden (The City without Jews)” by Hans Karl Breslauer from the year 1924 with music by Olga Neuwirth, performed by Ensemble PHACE from Vienna. Finally, the project “useless land” by the artists Catalina Insignares and Carolina Mendoça, a nocturnal reading from midnight to morning.

The QuerKlang project celebrates 15 years of work and collaborations with MaerzMusik and once again premieres compositions by pupils.

Deutschlandfunk Kultur will broadcast the concert LIVE at the Konzerthaus Berlin on 28 March at 8 p.m. Further media partners of the festival include rbb Kulturradio, The Wire, Exberliner and Monopol.


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