The feminist, diverse, and inter-genre festival “Heroines of Sound” celebrates its 10th anniversary with a presentation of early and new works and performances by over 40 international heroines of electronic sound over four days at Radialsystem. This year's large-scale programme is dedicated in particular to the spectra of microtonality.
The opening evening of this anniversary edition presents a musical spectrum ranging from contemporary chamber music to electronic club music and noise, to the musical gestures of a jazz ensemble. The Vienna Black Page Orchestra stages a concert installation by Austrian sound pioneer and this year's guest curator Elisabeth Schimana, whilst Stefanie Egedy's installation “(B.A.S)” offers the experience of a corporeally and physically extreme sonic world through low-frequency sound waves. Other festival highlights include French composer Pascale Criton, who is still little known in Germany, representatives of the electronic scene like Beatriz Ferreyra and Electric Indigo, as well as a concert by the Ensemble KNM Berlin, including a sonic-ecological concert installation by the Norwegian artist Tine Surel Lange.
The electric guitar plays a special role this year: Catherine Lorent's multi-award-winning installation “Relegation” (Biennale di Venezia 2013, Luxembourg Pavilion) transforms the sound of seven electric guitars into a sound sculpture event. For the festival finale, live performances and commissioned works for electric guitars open the horizon to contemporary art music through the performance of commissioned works by Maya Shenfeld and the renowned Irish composer Ann Cleare as well as performances by Chra and Ale Hop.
Mo Loschelder, Sabine Sanio, Elisabeth Schimana
An event by Heroines of Sound, supported by Hauptstadtkulturfonds, Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung, Mariann Steegmann Foundation and Goethe-Institute. In cooperation with KLANG-Festival (DK).
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