Winter Music – Tragedy

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13. November 2020

This concert has been postponed Aug 28th, 2021. It will take place at the Akademie der Künste, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin.
Concert with works by Erhard Grosskopf, Isabel Mundry, Rebecca Saunders, Hans Wüthrich


The second Winter Music festival focuses on one theme: tragedy. The essential element of this art form, which dates back to antiquity, is an insoluble conflict that inevitably causes the main character to fail. The tragedy of man in tragedies is that he overestimates his ability to thwart his own fate, knowingly or unknowingly, through his actions.

In the programme curated by Annesley Black and Samir Odeh-Tamimi made up of works by members of the Akademie der Künste, staged and performed by the Zafraan Ensemble, this theme seems (in)direct and multifaceted: as the fate of individual sound events, as the inevitability of the disappearance of a sound into silence, as archaeological research, as a reference to political or social events or as an expression of a mental crisis or passionate outburst of rage.

The curatorial starting point is Vinko Globokar’s La Prison, in which the composer prevents the eight instrumentalists from playing a “normal” sound. Ancient tragedy is timeless and present, and the question remains: what does man do when he sees no way out?


Isabel Mundry: Sounds, Archeologies (2017 / 2018)

Rebecca Saunders: Fury II concerto for doublebass solo and ensemble (2010)

Hans Wüthrich: 2 Minuten gegen das Vergessen (1978)

Erhard Grosskopf: Und Bilder bessrer Zeit um unsre Seele schweben –  Chamber concert for piano and 11 instruments, op. 41 (1989 / 90)