Concert Film / On Demand

Environment – Opening MaerzMusik 2021

Two cinematic approaches capture a stage composition for voices, indigenous instruments, trumpet, inside piano, percussion, kinetic sound sculptures, video and light – a time-object by PHØNIX16, Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos (OEIN) and noiserkroiser.

Wiphala, rainbow flag

Wiphala. Rainbow flag, symbol of indigenous peoples in Bolivia, Peru and elsewhere

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Past Dates

Strobe effects are used during the performance. At certain lightning frequencies, epileptic seizures may be triggered.

84 days is the length of time the 25 musicians of the B Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos (OEIN) spent in enforced quarantine in Music Academy Rheinsberg near Berlin together with PHØNIX16 during the spring of 2020. Having arrived shortly before the beginning of the festival in order to prepare the opening project for MaerzMusik 2020, they became victims of the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic. The festival had to be cancelled, borders were immediately closed and travel suspended. What began as a remarkable musical encounter between the two ensembles became an intense experience of living and working together under extreme conditions – 84 days that have also had a deep impact on the artistic process, the form and themes of their project “Environment”.

One extraordinary year later, MaerzMusik 2021 will present "Environment" in its new, adapted form that has been shaped by the continued progress of the pandemic. The musicians of OEIN cannot be present in person; public health measures make a live performance impossible.

One week before the opening of the festival, a multi-layered, temporary, local and social time-object is being created in Haus der Berliner Festspiele, captured by two cinematic approaches. From the inner life of three asylums (in Cusco, Rheinsberg and Berlin) an environment is articulated that reflects our current experience, the time of turmoil and pandemic: environment in its political, social, ecological, economic and artistic dimensions.


Beatriz Ferreyra
Rios del Sueño
[a] live version for voices, instruments and resonators (1998 – 2000 / 2020)
World premiere

Marisol Jiménez
Cantos del Arenal
for voices, trumpet, inner piano, percussion and kinetic sound sculptures (2020)
World premiere

Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga
en lo mas efcuro della, quando no haze luna, ni fe parece nada
for indigenous instruments (2020)
World premiere
The work by Carlos Gutiérrez will be performed in complete darkness.

Bernard Parmegiani
De Natura Sonorum
[a] live version for voices, instruments and resonators (1975/2020)
World premiere


PHØNIX16, Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos and noiserkroiser

Adam Weisman percussion
Nikolaus Neuser trumpet
Timo Kreuser inner piano
Marisol Jiménez kinetic sound sculptures
CarrieAnne Winter, Veronika Böhle, Oskar Koziołek, Will Kwiatkowski vocals and objects

Tatiana López, Gabriela Saravia, Andrea Alvarez, Johann Ortega, Romina Quisbert, María Riqueza, Álvaro Cabrera, Einar Fuentes, Willy Chura, Ethan Olmos, Pavlo Olmos, Samuel Arce, María Victoria Medina, Adriaana Escobar, Víctor Poma, Isabel Sanjinés, Mariel Terán, Tracy Prado, Camed Martela, Gabriela Reyes, Elba Mamani, Marco Flores, Ariel Laura, Miguel Córdoba native instruments and objects

Carlos Gutiérrez musical direction OEIN

[a] live versions
Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos, PHØNIX16, noiserkroiser
Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga, Timo Kreuser, Alexis Baskind

Timo Kreuser realisation, concept and direction
Philipp Hartmann camera
Kassian Troyer recording
Timo Kreuser, Kassian Troyer mix sound
Alexis Baskind concept sound and sound direction (stage)
Carlo Grippa sound design
Anne Taegert monitoring
Alice Hamann light
Komposter Kollektiv (Luka Umek, Akaša Bojič) video/projections
PHØNIX16 production
Sonia Lescène production manager
Katja Heldt production assistant

Philipp Hartmann, Miguel Hilari, Omar Alarcón Poquechoque videos

With the support of Goethe Institut, Musikfonds e. V. / BKM, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Senate Department for Culture and Europe Berlin and Bundes- und Landesmusikakademie Rheinsberg.
In collaboration with Hellerau – European Centre for the Arts Dresden

Beatriz Ferreyra, Lourdes Herrera, Carolina Mora, Berno Odo Polzer, Julian Fuchs, Victor Tessilo, Felix Görg, Thomas Falk and the team of the Musikakademie Rheinsberg, Giovani Yapita, Sebastian Filter, Emmanuel Parmegiani, Julia Gerlach and all the supporters in the Cusco and Rheinsberg situation

MaerzMusik and the Berliner Festspiele team

Special thanks to Ernesto, Bakunin and Sputnica