[Special]: C3 Festival in Berlin, Essen and Gdansk [23rd November – 3rd December]

 

Event series:
C3 Festival

 

BERLIN

Date & Time:
23rd November 2011, 8pm (doors)

Location:
Berghain

Line-up:
Pierre Jodlowski
Arandel

Date & Time:
24th November 2011, 8pm (doors)

Location:
Berghain

Line-up:
Jacaszek & Silva Rerum
Kwartludium & Sebastian Meissner

Date & Time:
25th November 2011, 7pm (doors)

Location:
Radialsystem

Line-up:
Trio ESJ
Julian Elvira & Jesus Navarro

Date & Time:
26th November 2011, 7pm (doors)

Location:
Radialsystem

Line-up:
Kai Schumacher
Victoire

 

 

ESSEN

Date & Time:
24th November 2011, 6pm (doors)

Location:
Areal C [Kokerei], Mischanlage [C70] @ Welterbe Zollverein

Line-up:
Kai Schumacher
Pierre Jodlowski

Date & Time:
25th November 2011, 7pm (doors)

Location:
Areal C [Kokerei], Salzlager [C88] @ Welterbe Zollverein

Line-up:
Victoire
Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

Date & Time:
26th November 2011, 7pm (doors)

Location:
Areal C [Kokerei], Salzlager [C88] @ Welterbe Zollverein

Line-up:
Jacaszek & Silva Rerum
Francesco Tristano

 

 

GDANSK

Date & Time:
1st December 2011, 6:30pm (doors)

Location:
St. John’s Center

Line-up:
Jacaszek & Silva Rerum

Date & Time:
2nd December 2011, 6:30pm (doors)

Location:
St. John’s Center

Line-up:
Nemezis (Pawel Mykietyn)
Kai Schumacher
Zeitkratzer

Date & Time:
3rd December, 6:30pm (doors)

Location:
St. John’s Center

Line-up:
Moritz Eggert & Shraeng
Kwartludium & Sebastian Meissner
Hauschka

 

Info:
Classical, “serious” music has been paired by composers with popular material throughout the history of Western music, pushing forward the development of the art form. Examples can be found as early as the Renaissance, where masses were based on the popular tune “L’homme armé”. Modern composers such as Bartók, Janácek, Ligeti and Stravinsky drew inspiration from folk songs or jazz. This tradition continues today with composers drawing inspiration from the sounds resonating in clubs or streaming from electronic music websites. In the work of these composers, the often separate spheres of contemporary classical and electronic club music meld together, creating new musical terrain (“classical” defined as the Western art music tradition, “electronic club” as a general term for a broad spectrum ranging from highly structured – e.g. techno – to atmospheric and free form – e.g. ambient).

Highly successful event series exist where classical music of all eras is played in clubs. But such events often have little to do with current musical developments. Instead, classical and club stand side-by-side, their contact superficial and skin-deep, instead of embracing each other in fertile creative exchange, bringing new art to life. Precisely this new art, born of creative exchange, is what the Club Contemporary Classical Festival is all about: C3 presents new music which falls into the grey zone between the genres of contemporary classical and electronic music. This grey zone is currently an area of extreme creativity and innovation due to the democratization of technology as well as the prevalence and influence of electronic music. C3 offers a showcase platform for this activity, building access bridges between these realms of sound, inviting the audiences in both camps to cross over to the other side and discover.

New interpretations of old structures using modern methods: C3’s festival locations and its musical content share this theme. Post-industrial (Berghain, Radialsystem, Zeche Zollverein) and a former church (St. John’s Center), all are symbolic of the investigation of new possibilities in hitherto undefined terrain. The new musical trend featured in C3 is also as yet undefined. As Kai Müller in Berlin’s leading daily newspaper, the “Tagesspiegel”, and in one of Germany’s most respected weeklies, the “Zeit Online” commented (7 Sept. 2009): “The music of the future is arising in the space between Philharmonic Hall and the Berghain Club: Berlin’s C3 Festival shows the ways in which pop avant-garde and classical music are approaching one another…it’s the music of the future. It hasn’t even yet been named. But the fact that it will one day be in a position to explain the present to us, of that there is no doubt.”

Websites:
C3 Festival