Festival within the festival: musikprotokoll 2021

nomadic sounds
on stage – on air – online
7.10.–10.10., Graz

musikprotokoll Plakat 2021, detail, © Echo, 2017, courtesy: Nona Inescu and SpazioA gallery

Now in its 54th edition, the ORF musikprotokoll once again transforms and expands the experience of music with its program nomadic sounds. The festival is both a stage and a laboratory for a new generation of musicians and composers whose work comes together and derives its aesthetic strategies through the understanding of open genre boundaries. In over thirty world and Austrian premieres, composers and performers embark on the nomadic search for an in-between.

The concert hall functions as both laboratory and stage for a broad spectrum of processes that bring together artistic emphases on in-between states and realms of possibility: Sound fragments from the urban environment of Graz give rise to 3D soundscapes. An ensemble plays from animated musical scores that are created in real time. We see the resurrection of Alois Hába’s sixth-tone harmonium. A young string quartet travels with us through musically (re)constructed spaces in Azerbaijan, Lebanon, and Ukraine. An aquarium is transformed into an instrument and an underwater stage. Musical interstices are studied in minute detail through drone music and microtonal compositions. Visitors can explore sound objects while lying on wheel boards. Musicians from the SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe) Network test the limits of spatial composition in Graz’s Dom im Berg.

This new music will be interpreted by top Austrian and international ensembles, many of which are appearing here for the first time this year. The musikprotokoll program will be framed by onsite lectures and discussions, documented in multiple Österreich 1 (Ö1) radio broadcasts, and transmitted via special dynamic audiovisual streaming.

Tickets for musikprotokoll are available online and in the Visitor and Press Center.

Day passes
7.10., 12/8 euros
8.10., 9.10., 18/14 euros

Direction: Elke Tschaikner

Curated by Rainer Elstner, Susanna Niedermayr, Christian Scheib, Elke Tschaikner, and Fränk Zimmer

Production: ORF Radio Österreich 1 and ORF Steiermark

Co-produced with steirischer herbst ʼ21

In cooperation with Kunstuniversität Graz, Ö1 Kunstradio, SHAPE – Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe, ICAS – International Cities of Advanced Sound, Institut für Elektronische Musik und Akustik – IEM, esc medien kunst labor, and die andere saite

Supported by the EU’s Creative Europe program, the Onassis Foundation, the Ukrainian Institute, and the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.