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March 17 , 2008

ECM MUSIC IS FESTIVALS’ FOCUS

Music from ECM is the subject of a number of festivals coming up in the months ahead. The first two of these take place simultaneously, in Southern Germany and Northern Italy, in Elmau and Bergamo, from May 22 to 25. They are followed by a festival in Berlin and a special ECM focus at England’s Cheltenham Music Festival.

The festival in Schloss Elmau is headlined “Les Signes Parmi Nous”. Featured artists are Stefano Battaglia, with his Re: Pasolini project (May 22), the Wolfert Brederode Quartet and the Bobo Stenson Trio (May 23), and then two new trios on May 24: Vassillis Tsabropoulos/Anja Lechner/U.T. Gandhi, and Norma Winstone’s group with Klaus Gesing and Glauco Venier. The festival closes on May 25 with music from Ketil Bjørnstad’s song cycle The Light, featuring soprano Randi Stene and violist Lars Anders Tomter.

More information at: www.schloss-elmau.de


Berlin festival Shared Sounds, subtitled “Music between the Exit Signs”, runs from June 12-15 at the venues of the RADIALSYSTEM V. The event includes workshops and talks, and an adventurous programme, stressing chamber music interplay at the borders of jazz and folk and classical music, with the following concerts: Savina Yannatou & Primavera en Salonico (June 12); the duos of Gianluigi Trovesi/Gianni Coscia and Garth Knox/Agnès Vesterman in two separate concerts (June 13); A Norwegian programme with the Trio Mediaeval and Birger Mistereggen, the Trygve Seim/Frode Haltli Duo, Frode Haltli solo, and the premiere of new music composed by Trygve Seim for a Seim/Haltli/Trio Mediaeval combination (June 14). German violinist Carolin Widmann, whose ECM debut will be issued this autumn, is accompanied by keyboardist Naoki Kitaya in a programme of old and new Italian music (also June 14). The Christian Wallumrød Ensemble - the sextet version of the group heard on “The Zoo Is Far” - plays on June 15. And the closing concert on the same day features Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin.

More information at
www.sharedsounds.de


At the Bergamo festival, Contaminazioni contemporanee: Oriente – Occidente, multi-instrumentalist and world traveler Stephan Micus opens the proceedings on May 22. On May 23 (three days after the release of her debut New Series disc), Estonian composer Helena Tulve is in attendance for a performance of her “Lumineux/Opaque” by the New Tallin Trio, who are also playing music of Arvo Pärt, Heino Eller and Erkki-Sven Tüür. On May 24, Iranian kamanche master Kayan Kalhor and Turkish baglama virtuoso Erdal Erzincan appear in duo. And on May 25, John Surman and organist Howard Moody play music from their new album, “Rain on the Window”.

More information available at www.contaminazionicontemporanee.it in the near future.


England’s Cheltenham Festival has a special focus on ECM’s discoveries and experiments in the field of early music on the weekend of July 5 and 6. There are two concerts on July 5: the Trio Mediaeval performing sacred music from 13th and 14th century England, and archlute, baroque guitar and theorbo specialist Rolf Lislevand with his ensemble, featuring the voice of Arianna Savall. On July 6, John Potter’s Dowland Project plays a rare concert, and one of the first to feature the revised line-up with John Surman, Milos Valent and Stephen Stubbs.

More details soon at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/whats_on/music_festival.html