Photo: Eric Richmond


Six Composition Commissions

ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln – ACHTBRUECKEN GmbH, Cologne, Germany 


This year the ACHT BRÜCKEN festival from April 29 to May 7 entitled Ton.Satz.Laut. will be demonstrating the enormously varied extent to which the possibilities of the voice and the role of language are used in the music of several decades. Departing from text traditionally set to music the exploration will go from decomposition and imaginary languages through to the unleashing of the voice and from the emancipation of sound and individual tones through to the ‘linguistification’ of the instrumental part, i.e. when musicians “speak” into, or through, their instruments.

One dedicated focus lies on the Seoul-born composer Unsuk Chin who lived in Hamburg after her studies under György Ligeti and who now lives in Berlin. Ten of her existing works plus a new composition of hers at a concluding concert will be performed by the SWR Symphony Orchestra. The other composition commissions supported by the EvS Music Foundation are also to feature prominently: ACHT BRÜCKEN Freihafen, a special free day at the festival featuring a top-notch program, will be held on May 1. On this day works by Harrison Birtwistle, Isabel Mundry and Manfred Trojahn will be premiered. Further composition commissions will be awarded to Michael Ellison, the founder of Turkey’s Hezarfen Ensemble, and to Julien Jamet who is writing a new solo work for Marco Blaauw on the double bell trumpet.


May 1, 2017
Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne


May 2, 2017
Sartory-Säle, Cologne


May 7, 2017
Kölner Philharmonie, Cologne


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