Saturday, 29 March, Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
18:00 Discussion: HUBERT GAISBAUER, UNI.PROF.DR: SUSANNE HEINE & ULRICH SEIDL
20:00 ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR & TALLINN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
They have spread the music of their fellow countrymen Arvo Pärt and Erkki-Sven Tüür around the world: The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra awaken the Imago Dei festival with pervading scores of liturgical Easter lyrics and of the orthodox monk Silouan of Mount Athos. Adam’s mourning about the loss of Paradise bears the agony of the whole of humanity.
Friday, 4 April, Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
19:30 RITWIK SANYAL
A master of the oldest surviving form of classical Indian music takes us to the Paradise inside of us. In all its originality and with a lot of references to the Sufis of Islam, the temple and court music and the poetry of the devout Hindus address contemplation. Music that pulls at one’s heartstrings.
Saturday, 5 April, Stift Melk/Kolomanisaal
19:00 LECTURE/CONCERT: PETER SIMONISCHEK & SOLISTS KLANGFORUM WIEN & CAMERATA SALZBURG
The man who planted trees
An evening of musical-literary points of contact: Peter Simonischek reads from the nature religion narrative of the French poet Jean Giono “The man who planted trees”. Besides paradisaic sounds, Penderecki has created a paradise of nature and planted over 1500 trees from all around the world in an arboretum in his Polish home.
Friday, 11 April, Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
19:30 The heart of the Sufis of Nile River
Ritual dances and ceremonial chants summon the world of praise and trance as it finds expression in the village traditions of „dhikr“, the song of religious service, and „hadra“, the Arabic term for “presence”, in Upper Egypt. Once, at the Nile as one of the rivers of Garden Eden, reiterations of God’s name and intense rocking movements of the body led to a primitive state of ecstasy.
Saturday, 12 April, Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
In old musical handwritings of the Montpellier Codex (13th century), the Belgian vocal ensemble Graindelavoix traces the medieval “gardens of ecstasy and damnation”. Timeless ancient music provides answers to the ever-burning question of the lost Paradise.
Friday, 18 April, Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
19:30 KOEHNE QUARTETT, ENSEMBLE LUX, MINETTI QUARTETT & MEDICI QUARTETT
In the Indian philosophical tradition of Vedanta—at the extreme end of all knowledge—the four states of being are being passed through: waking, dreaming, deep sleep, and the beyond—states the English composer John Tavener, who died in November 2013, takes us to in his four musical meditations for four string quartets and Tibetan sound bowl. String quartets between painful life experiences and a vision of yearning, performed by each of the four quartet ensembles, lead „Towards Silence“.
Saturday, 19 April, Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
19:00 CONCERT & FIREPERFORMANCE: PLENUM, SLAGWERK DEN HAAG, AKIO SUZUKI & HIROMI MIYAKITA
Easter sound fire
On Holy Saturday preceding Easter Vigil, wood turns into some spiritual substance. New music played on seven high-quality plywood Paetzold flutes orbits the audience. Then, Michael Gordon’s overtone-rich music oscillates on the hardwood beams of the orthodox church music instruments called semantrons. Far-east bamboo wood-generated sound fireworks and dance rituals transition into an intense Easter fire in the arcade courtyard of the Minorite church monastery.
Monday, 21 April, Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche
19:00 CAPILLA DE INDIAS
In the Jesuits’ sunshine state
When the Jesuits came to missionize South America, they had brought church music from Europe along that gradually merged with the natives’ music. The Chilean ensemble Capilla de Indias makes magnificent, joyful compositions from the archive of the cathedral of Santiago de Chile, from missions in Paraguay and Bolivia and from the famous collection of the Bishop of Compañón in Peru shine with sound.