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International Festival for Experimental Music – Digital Edition

The festival program for 2021 had already been designed with the Corona pandemic and its accompanying constraints in mind. But the ongoing lockdown necessitated multiple postponements of the festival - and now a shortening of the program to a single performance day.

On July 1, 2020, percussionist and composer Matthias Kaul passed away. In 2014 klub katarakt still presented him as a guest composer with his music theater piece Relax. He was often represented as a performer and was collegially connected to the festival, among other things by providing instruments. To commemorate this special musician and person, klub katarakt dedicates a portrait concert conceived by flutist Astrid Schmeling in collaboration with the artistic festival management. The program includes five very different compositions by Kaul, ranging from solo to ensemble pieces. Performers are the musicians of the ensemble L'art pour l'art, which was co-founded by Kaul, and the vocal artist and singer Frauke Aulbert.

This will be followed by two shorter individual concerts by local artists*. Nika Breithaupt aka Nika Son from Hamburg is a freelance musician, artist, DJ, curator and film sound designer. In Nika Son's work, sounds and noises of different origins are translated into an unusual musical language, as if watching the audible. She elaborates her compositions from modified and fragmented field recordings, interwoven with analog synth surfaces, broken rhythms, scattered vocal scraps and filtered tapeloops. Her performance will feature her first solo album, To Eeyore (2020).

René Huthwelker and Carl-John Hoffmann perform an audiovisual concert. Using analogynthetic feedback loops, Huthwelker creates a repetitive minimalism that increasingly condenses into pulsating structures through polyrhythmic networks. Video artist Hoffmann adds another aesthetic dimension to Huthwelker's sound layer through his live visuals. Both are members of the polymedial artist collective Niedervolthoudini from Hamburg

Funded by Hamburg Behörde für Kultur und Medien, Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Ilse und Dr. Horst Rusch-Stiftung, Elisabeth und Karl-Heinz Behnke Stiftung, Feldtmann Kulturell, Verband für aktuelle Musik Hamburg

Partners: Pianohaus Trübger, Rückkopplung

Media partners: Musik Texte, FSK, ByteFM, Szene Hamburg, Groove