For the fourth year in a row, venues throughout Berlin will present vibrant programs surrounding music as part of Berliner Festspiele‘s 10-day festival MaerzMusik. Prominent locations like Martin-Gropius-Bau, Kraftwerk, Berliner Philharmonie, SAVVY Contemporary and silent green Kulturquartier will host events ranging from classical concerts to talks, screenings and immersive light and sound installations. With the title of ‘MaerzMusik – Festival for Time Issues,’ artists are invited to consider “time” as a political category, as an abstraction, as a universal concept, or however they might interpret the concept of time.
A standout of last year’s festival was ‘The Long Now,’ which sold out far in advance. This year it is returning, again with a 30-hour long program at Kraftwerk that invites the audience to detach from temporality and instead engage with only the present moment. Curated by Berno Odo Polzer (who is also the artistic director of MaerzMusik), Laurens von Oswald and Harry Glass, the event’s program includes, among many other things: a four-hour sextet improvisation; Lucio Capece‘s ‘Space Turning Conditional Music,’ which comprises flying speakers, analogue saxophone and sine waves; extended night performances by the likes of Colin Stetson and Elodie; and amplified ceramic water bowls played by Tomoko Sauvage. There will also be a film installation by Wang Bing and a sound installation by Materiel Matano and Soundwalk Collective. Other highly anticipated shows of MaerzMusik include Julius Eastman‘s exhibition, symposium, performance and concert; the video installation and live performance ‘Soulnessless’ by Terre Thaemlitz; and a screening of ‘Chauka, Please Tell Us the Time,’ a film by Arash Kamali Sarvestani and Behrouz Boochani.
Before the start of the festival, we are giving away two tickets to two readers for ‘The Long Now,’ taking place March 24–25. You can enter via our Facebook or Instagram by following us, liking the corresponding image, and tagging your friends in a comment.
Event: March 16—25, 2018