16. March 2008

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

I am the Lord, your God...

...who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.“ (Old Testament, Exodus, 20,2)

“IMAGO DEI” 2008 thematizes the image of God as the only almighty ruler over the life of mankind. In the days and nights of grief, of meditation and contemplation, pre-Easter music refers to the development and effective history of monotheism, inherent to Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
What were the causes for the development towards monotheism? What effects have religious worldviews had on human life? Does the believers’ absolute dedication lead to self-abandonment? Or why is the image of God never a female one? Questions provoked by present events, questions which music might answer—or at least generate an idea or sensation. Yet, neither solutions nor salvations can be found in these rites of singing and instrumental music—it can only be an attempt of approaching the ungraspable which might disguise the divine.

You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.

Who is this LORD with this only and immutable claim for himself? Originally, it is written in the Old Testament and the Tanach, the Hebrew bible: “I am Jahwe, your God.”
Jahwe—the Hebrew letters JHWH—is the whole world’s only god, its creator and judge. He became the LORD in the ancient Greek translation of the New Testament which replaced Jahwe by Kyrios—the LORD—and was, by the apostles, equaled with the god who revealed himself in the figure of LORD Jesus Christ.

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

What power does God, the LORD, hold over the individual?

“IMAGO DEI” 2008 hosts the most diverse people on their searches for the image of the one and only LORD. Experience the richness of their dreams and desires: how they pay homage, how they praise and adore him in trance to their self-abandonment, how they long to grasp and internalize him, yet also repress and overcome him. Narcistic men will trace love and pay homage to the female in songs from pop, rock and classical music. Sufi fakirs from the shrine of Shah Abdul Latif will plunge into Islamic songs of meditation. Passion singers, folk musicians, humbly ecstatic instrumental artists will dedicate themselves to the glory of music. Prophet Jeremiah’s Old Testament elegies will correspond with the music of a deeply religious 20th century composer. A Western musician of our time will follow the moonlight into the East. “Gotteslob” singers will sound along lauds of Francis of Assisi’s brotherhood, the Minorites, who used to spread the message of the Lord’s work among the people through simple songs. Welcome!

Lilo Wanders Moderation
Willi Resetarits
Didi Bruckmayr
Paul Gulda
Bernhard Landauer

Anna Hauf & Wachauer Pestbläser
(Clemens Salesny, Renald Deppe, Thomas Berghammer, Martin Ptak, Ali Angerer, Michael Bruckner, Bernhard Breuer)

Ensemble Extracello
(Edda Breit, Melissa Coleman, Margarethe Deppe, Gudula Urban)

© Lukas Beck

© Lukas Beck

© Michael Reh

© Michael Reh