MaerzMusik: Chase // Ting // Ryterski / Wnuk // Frenkel / Nono / Biró / Kyriakides / Lucier / Czernowin / Shaw

This festival day comprises a series of artistic works exploring sound and music through corporealities, and touch through sound and musical experiences. These are presented in the form of unique confrontations, a series of embodied performances, touch, empathy and sensibility.

Programme silent green 1

Kuppelhalle, Concert
Claire Chase (*1978)
Various work for solo flute from the project Density 2036 (2013-ongoing).

The flute is the oldest of all instruments, its history going back forty thousand years. Prehistoric humans built flutes and whistles from animal bones. We cannot know how this music sounded or what its purpose was. Only that it had apparently made quite an impression. Claire Chase wants to tap its primal power. Since 2013, she commissions a new work for solo flute every year in her project Density 2036.


Rampe, Performance
Liping Ting
Echoing Contemporary (2023)

Echoing Contemporary is a poetry action, a live performance in situ. A breathing labyrinth freely moves in and out of all mirages and disillusions. A drifting embryo and a long measure of time through a multi-sensory experiencing, seeing, touching, listening and feeling. A corridor of void where echoing a polyphonic state of being. A rite where innumerous feathers are blowing in the wind, relentlessly, silently. A ritual of moving papers where chanting inaudible songs becomes a blessing of the infinitely white ocean. A ritual where the endless natural hair of animals and humans alike is rising toward the dancing stars, is rising toward the universe.


Betonhalle, Performance
Rafał Ryterski (*1992)
Haphephobia (2021)

Haphephobia is an exploration of touch, more precisely, the fear of being touched and the fear of touching others. Touch becomes an elemental composition source in this work. All surfaces – plexiglass walls, metal sheets, wooden floor, and the leather-like snare drum – activate a sound by touching, rubbing, sliding, and performing. The performer Aleksander Wnuk is enclosed in a cage, without a possibility to touch another entity except for that cage and what’s inside. All the cage walls are amplified, and the sound is heavily processed. Due to the transparency of the plexiglass walls, the audience can see, can listen but cannot come close. The audience is safe from the performer, but at the same time, the performer is safe from the audience.


Kuppelhalle, Concert
Noa Frenkel
Longing, Belonging
With Noa Frenkel (alto) and Sebastian Schottke (electronics)

In Longing, Belonging Noa Frenkel and Sebastian Schottke look at two great forces in our lives – our desire to belong and our ever-present longing. The programme is a journey through sound, exploring the creative tension between longing and belonging as equally present, complimentary, and essential forces through various compositions.

With compositions by:
Luigi Nono (1924-1990): Ogni giorno sopra il borgo (from: Al gran sole carico d'amore (1975)).
Dániel Péter Biró (*1969): Hadavar (The Word) (2011)
Yannis Kyriakides (*1969): Fire of Myself
Alvin Lucier (1931-2021): Double Rainbow (2016)
Chaya Czernowin (*1957): Shu Hai Mitamen Behatalat Kidon (1997)
Caroline Shaw (*1982): Dolce Cantavi (2015)


Thursday, March 18
Betonhalle, Kuppelhalle
Start: 16 Uhr



With friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.