Donaueschinger Musiktage 2012

Donaueschingen, Germany

For many years now the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation has acknowledged the Donaueschinger Musiktage festival’s special ability of rising to ever new challenges as a hub and focal pivot of contemporary music in Europe.
After 2009 when the traditional orchestra was questioned in aesthetic terms, 2010 which saw a focus on that “regal” discipline of chamber music, the string quartet, and 2011 when the emphasis was placed on vocal music, now in 2012 the Donaueschinger Musiktage festival is focused on a new genre currently emerging – one based on our electrified and digitalized world. Here it draws on the most varied means and instruments, including electronic instruments, samplers and interfaces, acoustic instruments such as piano, percussion and saxophone, and electro-acoustic instruments like electric guitars and electric violins. Those invited include the SWR Symphonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg along with Ensemble Asamisimasa, Ensemble Nadar and Ensemble Nikel – three very young electronic ensembles from Norway, Belgium and Israel working in the low-tech environment. These are contrasted by the greats of the electronic scene like the IRCAM and the Experimentalstudio des SWR – so that these fundamentally different concepts of electronically based music can provide revealing insights.

October 19th – 21st 2012

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