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.
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.
Rios del Sueño
[a] live version for voices, instruments and resonators (1998 – 2000 / 2020)
Cantos del Arenal
for voices, trumpet, inner piano, percussion and kinetic sound sculptures (2020)
Carlos Gutiérrez Quiroga
en lo mas efcuro della, quando no haze luna, ni fe parece nada
for indigenous instruments (2020)
The work by Carlos Gutiérrez will be performed in complete darkness.
De Natura Sonorum
[a] live version for voices, instruments and resonators (1975/2020)
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
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
Sonia Lescène production manager
Katja Heldt production assistant
Philipp Hartmann, Miguel Hilari, Omar Alarcón Poquechoque videos