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Hop­ing to get a glimpse of the fu­ture, Solveig Stein­hardt bought tick­ets for the Maerz­Musik con­tem­po­rary mu­sic fes­ti­val.

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In time, out of time, ahead of time – the Maerz Musik fes­ti­val show­cases the mu­sic of the fu­ture.

"The Maerz­Musik fes­ti­val unites com­posers and works un­der one theme."

For more than a decade, Ber­lin has been pre­sent­ing in­ter­na­tional avant-garde mu­sic at the Maerz­Musik fes­ti­val. If you are hav­ing a hard time grasp­ing the ex­act mean­ing of the term avant-garde, imag­ine mu­sic that fol­lows the tra­di­tional pa­ram­e­ters of West­ern mu­sic while try­ing to break its bound­aries in some way. It’s a very broad genre, of­ten dif­fi­cult to rec­og­nize, and each year the fes­ti­val makes an ef­fort to unite its guest com­posers and their works un­der a com­mon theme, ei­ther geo­graphic or con­cep­tual. When it ex­plored the con­tem­po­rary mu­sic of Baltic coun­tries in 2003, per­for­mances were filled with Eastern Euro­pean folk­loric in­spi­ra­tions. In 2006, the fo­cus was “Ja­pan and the West,” or more pre­cisely, on the in­ter­ac­tions and analo­gies be­tween Ja­panese and Amer­i­can mu­sic. In 2010, it ex­am­ined mu­sic as a realm of utopian thought and prac­tice.

This year, the fes­ti­val’s brand-new artis­tic direc­tor, Berno Odo Polzer, de­cided to re­name the fes­ti­val al­to­gether, and not just for this edi­tion, but for the fu­ture, too. By giv­ing Maerz­Musik a new sub­head­ing, “A Fes­ti­val for Time Is­sues,” Polzer in­tends to tell us that time de­ter­mines our lives and our his­tory, as well as the pro­duc­tion pat­terns guiding con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. From 20 to 29 March, in­stal­la­tions, con­certs, per­for­mances, and film projects will ex­plore tem­po­ral ex­pe­ri­ences in mu­sic with the aim of of­fer­ing vis­i­tors ways to ac­cess the phe­nom­e­non of time. The first per­for­mance, Liq­uid

Room at the Haus der Ber­liner Fest­spiele, is a four-hour con­cert/in­stal­la­tion in­volv­ing four stages where sounds and au­di­ence can move freely, and learn more about the 20+ events sched­uled for this year’s edi­tion at www.berlin­er­fest­spiele.de

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