VENUES
MAY 30 2013, Stadtgarten, Cologne
JUNE 21 2013, Bazylika Bożego Ciała, Krakow
SEP 27 2013, CCA Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
NOV 6 2013, N.K. Elsenstr. 52, Berlin
NOV 7 2013, Berghain, Berlin

PROGRAMME
MAY 30 2013 @ Stadtgarten, Cologne
19:00 Michał Libera / lecture and talk
20:00 Arturas Bumšteinas: “Night on the Sailship” for sounds of historic theater noise machines
21:00 Dženana Aganspahić & Lucio Capece
21:30 Max Eastly & Aleks Kolkowski
22:30 gamut inc feat. Philip Zoubek, Radek Stawarz

JUNE 21 2013 @ Bazylika Bożego Ciała, Krakow
19:00 Michał Libera / lecture
20:00 Andrzej Kłosak / lecture
21:00 Jean-Luc Guionnet & Thomas Tilly
22:00 Burkhard Beins & Michael Vorfeld perform “The Chladni Project”
22:30 gamut inc: compositions for self-built computer-driven music machines
23:00 Tomek Chołoniewski: Change Ringing Performance

SEP 27 2013 @ CCA, Zamek Ujazdowski, Warsaw
20:00 Michał Libera, Jan Topolski and Magda Mayas: lectures on pre-20th Century electronic music and microtonality
21:30 Magda Mayas & Tisha Mukarji: solo piano performance combining early piano preparations and old tuning systems
22:00 gamut inc: compositions for self-built music machines for antique and medieval tuning systems
22:45 Francesco Cavaliere: on 18th and 19th experiments with fire, electricity and other methods of displaying music
23:30 Steven Stapelton & Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound)

NOV 6 2013 @ N.K., Berlin
20:00 Michał Libera / lecture: music experiments before XXth century
21:00 gamut inc: presentation of two instruments that were built during the project
22:00 Burkhard Beins: “The Chladni Project”

NOV 7 2013 @ Berghain, Berlin
19:00 Karolina Ossowska, Mikołaj Pałosz & Ralf Meinz: informed by Giuseppe Tartini´s theory of combination tones
20:00 Spat´Sonore (FR): sound installation for 8 performers for natural experiments with sound projection of acoustic instruments
21:00 gamut inc: compositions for self-built computer-driven music machines
22:00 Razen (BE): Brecht Ameel, Kim Delcour, Paul Garriau and Pieter Lenaerts: on Ramon Llull’s aleatoric principles
23:00 CM von Hausswolff (SE): on ideas of 18th Century Swedish scientist Emanuel Swedenborg

There is no such thing as new music. And there has never been one. Otherwise, when did it start? Was it in 1778 when the futurist intonarumori were first designed by the engineers of Ekhof-Theater? Thirty years before that, when minimalist idea of combination tones were first theorized by Giuseppe Tartini? Or was it in XIII Century when Schoenberg’s “Reihe” were presupposed by Raymond Llull in his computation techniques? Or earlier? Avant Avantgarde is an anachronistic chase for experimental practices in scores, prints and treatises way before terms such as “new”, “contemporary”, “experimental” or “avant garde” music were conceived. We dig in the history not in search of schools and trends of music making. We dig to find maverick who could not wait until XXth century to see themselves becoming silent patrons of most thrilling adventures in sound making. What we find is people working with what they had at hands – objects, burning flames, spilling waters and blowing wind studying the mechanics at the heart of music and heralding sound art. The material researched for Avant Avantgarde forms a body of commissions for four nights of music in Cologne, Krakow, Warsaw, Berlin. Each will contain exclusively world premiers. Dzenana Aganspahic, Burkhard Beins, Arturas Bumsteinas, Max Eastley, Lucio Capece, Francesco Cavaliere, Tomek Chołoniewski, gamut inc, Jean-Luc Guionnet, CM von Hausswolff, Gerhard Kern, Aleks Kolkowski, Michał Libera, Andrew Liles, Magda Mayas, Ralf Meinz, Mikołaj Pałosz, Karolina Ossowska, Razen, Spat’Sonore, Maciej Sledziecki, Steven Stapleton, Thomas Tilly, Jan Topolski, Michael Vorfeld, Marion Wörle and many more will be there to deliver concerts, lectures and presentations on Avant Avantgarde. Over the course of the project gamut inc will be developing a growing automated orchestra of specifically designed music-machines referring to its Renaissance predecessors but expanded with computer controls.

Eine anachronistische Zeitreise zu musikalischen Experimenten vergangener Epochen
Claude Debussy, die Futuristen, Edgar Varèse und John Cage läuteten die Auflösung der traditionellen Musikkultur im 20.Jahrhundert ein. Wie sieht es aber mit der Avantgarde und dem Experiment vor dieser Zeit aus? Pythagoras‘ Experimente mit Schmiedehämmern, Tonvasen und dem Monochord führten zur Entwicklung des tonalen Systems. Die Ideen von Anastasius Kircher im 17. Jahrhundert umfassten sehr ungewöhnliche Instrumente und Klangideen wie die (pneumatische) kosmische Orgel, oder das legendäre Katzenklavier – in dem lebendige Katzen als miauende Klangkörper gedient haben sollen. Die Experimente des Friedrich Chladni mit resonierenden sandbestreuten Metallplatten visualisierten im 18. Jahrhundert Schallwellen und führten schließlich zum Verständnis der Akustik.
In exklusiv vorbereiteten Premieren stellt das Programm von Avant Avantgarde eine Auswahl vielerlei Entdeckungen vor: Dženana Aganspahic, Burkhard Beins, Arturas Bumsteinas, Max Eastley, Lucio Capece, Francesco Cavaliere, Tomek Chołoniewski, gamut inc, Jean-Luc Guionnet, CM von Hausswolff, Gerhard Kern, Aleks Kolkowski, Michał Libera, Andrew Liles, Magda Mayas, Ralf Meinz, Mikołlaj Pałosz, Karolina Ossowska, Razen, Paweł Romanczuk, Spat‘Sonore, Maciej Sledziecki, Steven Stapleton, Thomas Tilly, Jan Topolski, Michael Vorfeld, Marion Wörle und weitere mehr stellen für Avant Avantgarde in Konzerten, Vorträgen und Performances an vier Terminen in Köln, Krakau, Warschau und Berlin ihre Ergebnisse vor. gamut inc entwickelt über den gesamten Projektzeitraum ein wachsendes Sortiment an computergesteuerten Musikmaschinen auf Grundlage von jahrhundertealten Ideen und Skizzen.

AVANT AVANTGARDE wurde gefördert von der Kulturstiftung des Bundes, dem Kultursekretariat Wuppertal, der Bezirksregierung Köln sowie ON – Neue Musik Köln.

Konzept & Produktion: gamut inc und Michał Libera
Klangregie und Aufnahmen: Ralf Meinz
Pressearbeit: Guido Möbius/autopilot
Fotos: Roland Owsnitzki