Festival for new music
"Ultraschall Berlin - the festival for new music" will take place from January 18 to 22, 2023 with its 25th edition. The festival, jointly organized by rbbKultur and Deutschlandfunk Kultur, has undergone many a metamorphosis. And yet it has remained true to its basic idea.
From the very beginning, Ultraschall Berlin has been a festival that integrates recently created works into a music-historical context that reaches back to the beginnings of the post-war avant-garde, i.e., now spans a period of more than 70 years.
In such a historical echo chamber, aesthetic developments become recognizable, and generational sequences and cyclical movements can be better traced. Although the number of premieres and works commissioned by the festival has increased noticeably in recent years, this dual approach remains valid for the festival: to offer a forum for current trends in contemporary music, and at the same time to situate these current productions in a music-historical continuum.