neue musik:
21. Biennale
Aktuelle Musik

»SO! … entscheiden und dabei bleiben«

2022 Contemporary Music Festival
Admission free – online registration required: register here
Complete festival program with all venues at

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The 21st Biennale Aktuelle Musik of the projektgruppe neue musik bremen places the focus on productions of international contemporary music that distinguish themselves by concentrating on just a few elements. Not variety, contradictions or constantly progressing developments are at the fore, but the illumination and fathoming of musical material in numerous details and facets. The pieces ask the listeneers to perceive slow modifications and the tiniest changes in what only seems to always be the same.

For the first time, the projektgruppe neue musik bremen will present its new focus ARTIVISM in the frame of the 21st Biennale Aktuelle Musik. In an interactive online event, three visual artists from Armenia and three composers living in Germany/Switzerland present their collaboratively produced media works that are not limited to immanent pictorial and musical aspects, but also incorporate contemporary philosophical and sociopolitical themes. In a time in which nationalistic tendencies and military conflicts are on the rise all over the world, the pgnm seeks to expand the mostly Central European horizon of contemporary music and art through international cooperation projects.



Sat Nov 19 2:00 PM
International Artists‘ Cooperation Armenia & Germany/Switzerland

Presentation of the works and discussion with the participating artists
Introduction + moderation: Simone Zoppellaro

With Gagik Ghazareh and Hannes Seidl (UA) / Piruza Khalapyan and Cedrik Fermont (UA) / Gohar Sargsyan and Anna Sowa (UA)

Timothy McCormack: Your Body is a Volume

Sat Nov 19 6:00 PM
Concert for string quartet

String quartet »ensemble mosaik«:
Hachatur Kanajan, violin
Sarah Saviet, violin
Karen Lorenz, viola
Niklas Seidl, violoncello

Julia Eckhardt: Die Komponistin Éliane Radigue

Sat Nov 19 8:00 PM

Afterwards at the Städtische Galerie (opposite, Buntentorsteinweg 112/116):
Éliane Radigue »Koumé« (1993) / Electroacoustic music
from: Trilogie de la Mort, part 3
sound direction: Caroline Profanter

Cedrik Fermont: Cacotopia

Sat Nov 19 10:00 PM
Solo Concert

Lecture & Talk with artists of the Biennale Aktuelle Musik 2022

Sun Nov 20 2:00 PM
With Jörn Peter Hiekel

Mark Kysela: Goldrausch

Sun Nov 20 5:00 PM
Concerto for horizontally played, amplified soprano saxophone

Soprano saxophone: Mark Kysela

Supported by the Senator für Kultur Bremen, the Karin und Uwe Hollweg Foundation, the Waldemar Koch Foundation und WFB Wirtschaftsförderung Bremen GmbH.