Photo: Adrian Zendeh


Tempel im Gehör

El Perro Andaluz, Dresden, Germany

There the tree rises. Oh pure surpassing!
Oh Orpheus sings! Oh great tree of sound!
And all is silent, And from this silence arise
New beginnings, intimations, changings.

From the stillness animals throng, out of the clear
Snapping forest of lair and nest;
And thus they are stealthy not from cunning
Not from fear

But to hear. And in their hearts the howling, the cry,
The stag-call seem too little. And where before
Was but the rudest shelter to receive these,

A refuge fashioned out of darkest longing
Entered, tremulo, the doorpost aquiver, -
There You have fashioned them a temple for their hearing.

– Rainer Maria Rilke, First Sonnet to Orpheus

Inspired by this poem by Rainer Maria Rilke the group Acantun is creating an evening of joint compositions under the heading Tempel im Gehör. The six composers hailing from four countries are jointly presented to the public for the first time in this constellation, working here with the South Korean light artist Geohwan Ju. The aim is to develop a circuit with six stations arranged in such a way that different listening perspectives arise for the audience. The pieces to be performed are thus perceived from a distance via radio headphones or near to the performers. This means the sounds will tie in with each of the individual visual impressions, with the light installation forming a connection between the different locations. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation has made possible the composition commissions issued by the ensemble El Perro Andaluz to Enrico Olivanti, Christa Abels, Tamara Ilabaca, Christian Mietke, Alberto Arroyo and Niklas Bladt.

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