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"REFLUX - Festival for Contemporary Electroacoustic Music" presents in the third and last part on three evenings in December three international artists* and composers* each. The program will be a balanced mixture of composition commissions/premieres, already existing works and rarely performed classics. These are adapted to the acoustic and spatial characteristics of the venues or even composed especially for these venues. The musicians invited by the two festival directors Ignaz Schick and Werner Dafeldecker all have an individual sound and formal language and are rarely heard in Berlin. Three concert parts of 30-40 minutes each will be performed per evening: two contemporary positions and one classic.

Veranstaltungen in Berlin: Reflux-Festival: Sean Meehan - Rainer Riehn - Jérome Noetinger
ZLB, Foto: Vincent Mosch

The concert will be especially special in the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek, where different "sonic interventions" will take place - subtly built in - during the regular daily operations.

Sean Meehan will perform an untitled piece for snare drum and cymbals. Many of the techniques he uses to create sounds are unstable and dependent on physical factors such as room size and materials, humidity, and a variety of less tangible, sometimes mysterious factors. Therefore, any attempt to deliver a preconceived composition is futile. Nonetheless, he will come up with a complete composition. Thus, it is neither an improvisation nor a composition.

Rainer Riehn "The Songs of Maldoror (Les Chants de Maldoror) is the only work by the French poet Lautréamont (pseudonym for Isidore Lucien Ducasse) that had a great influence on the literature of modernism and namely on surrealism. It appeared in 1874 and is considered one of the most radical works of Western literature. In 1940, André Breton called the work an "apocalypse": "Everything, however audacious, that will be thought and undertaken in the centuries to come has been formulated here in advance in its magical law," and André Gide saw in Ducasse the "lock master of the literature of tomorrow".

Jérôme Noetinger discovered the ReVox B77 tape machine as a tool for his live electroacoustic music in 1987 and established himself as one of the most important contemporary composers and performers of this medium. His work is radical and questioning. He makes stunning multi-channel diffusions in the acousmatic tradition.