National Arts Festival Grahamstown in South Africa
By the end of June we'll travel to the National Arts Festival Grahamstown in South Africa to present a diverse programme of 20th century musical works. A show, a lecture, a performance, a conversation, stunning music and top musicians from the Netherlands.
Under the guidance of our ringmaster the musicians of Asko|Schönberg and the audience are in search of notes. Can a note be wrong or right? The revolutionary composers from the Second Viennese School started the emancipation of this ‘wrong’ note from the claws of the ruling esthetics in Western European classical music. Stravinsky exchanged these ‘good’ notes for notes that inflamed the gut. Dutch composer Andriessen pulled them from the heavens and shoved them in the briny fat clay. Cage on the other hand screamed in silence and set the note free to be what it wanted to be. And to complete the circus composer Ligeti created waves of panic with his army of extremist and radical notes. We hope you will join Circus Schönberg for a musical ride.
Supported by Performing Arts Fund NL.