35. KONFRONTATIONEN | 17. - 20. JULI 2014
Thursday 17.7. Friday 18.7. Saturday 19.7. Sunday 20.7. Soundart | Tickets FB BrainFood Route Support
Deutsche Übersicht Festival Teaser

According to the Austrian music journalist Andreas Felber (Ö1, Der Standard), the Konfrontationen in Nickelsdorf is the oldest festival for "free improvised music" in the world. This year, the Konfrontationen festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a musical journey that takes the audience to the fringes of the European Union, and far beyond: for example to the Continent's northern reaches, Sweden, with Martin Küchen's magnificent ensemble Angles 9, or to London with the duo of Alexander Hawkins and the legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo and a quartet with Alan Wilkinson, Pat Thomas, Spring Heel Jack member John Coxon and Steve Noble, or to Portugal where the music scene is thriving at the moment, as can be heard in the work of one of the country's most exceptional new saxophonists, Rodrigo Amado, who will be performing with his Motion Trio.

The participation of Turkish improvisors is a premiere in the history of the Nickelsdorf festival. They will present their collective Konstrukt, which in the past few years has collaborated with musicians such as Peter Brötzmann, Marshall Allen, and Joe McPhee. Two Australians in exile, that is Berlin-based Tony Buck and Mike Majkowski, team up with Hailu Mergia, the Ethiopian keyboard and accordion player who has been earning his living as a taxi driver in Washington D.C. for more than ten years. However, his recordings are rare collectibles and he has collaborated with Mulatu Astatke, as can be heard/seen in Jim Jarmusch's film "Broken Flowers".

The Dutch saxophonist Luc Houtkamp will be playing in trio with Simon Nabatov and Martin Blume, the Korean cellist Okkyung Lee with Achim Kaufmann and Axel Dörner, and after his long abstinence from Nickelsdorf the German saxophonist Dietmar Diesner will be performing in an electronic duo with the Leipzig piano player Simone Weißenfels. Larry Ochs and Donald Robinson are our guests from the San Francisco Bay Area (supported by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through USArtists International in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew Mellon Foundation). Georg Graewe, Ernst Reijseger and Gerry Hemingway celebrate 25 years of playing together.

Austrian artists will appear with Cilantro, the duo of Angélica Castelló and Billy Roisz, with the group Polwechsel, which currently includes Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Brandlmayr, Michael Moser and Burkhard Beins and is the festival's absolute insider tip, or solo, as Burkhard Stangl does when he presents his William Turner associations. As a kind of opposite pole, the guitarist Osman Arabi from Tripoli/Lebanon will present his musical world, transferring his perspective into sounds. A brand new trio from Austria features Susanna Gartmayer, dieb13 and Katharina Ernst.

Last but not least the festival line-up includes a techno-noise-improv (Orient-Occident) ensemble featuring Paed Conca, Raed Yassin, Axel Dörner, Hans Koch, Johannes Bauer and Stéphane Rives. Furthermore, the concerts in the Jazzgalerie's open-air courtyard are complemented by performances in the protestant church and at the Kleylehof farm, plus an exhibition of sound art in Nickelsdorf that has for the past five years familiarised the Nickelsdorf locals with a "different" kind of music - admission free.

In its 35th year, the Konfrontationen festival attempts again what it has always attempted: to take a big step forward, pushing into uncharted creative musical terrain. Thus, the four-day event does not primarily spotlight the so-called "established avant-garde" but focuses on lesser-known musicians from around the globe, presenting exploratory music that does not emphasise countries or nationalities but centres on content and an attitude that has the potential to make the world a better place.

Hans Falb

one day: € 35 / € 30*
three days: € 85 / € 72*
four days: € 105 / € 90*

*reduced: Ö1, SchülerInnen, StudentInnen, Jugendliche unter 18 jahren, NickelsdorferInnen (...)

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