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VOICES Festival: TOWER OF BABEL Klangforum Wien

October 14, 2023 @ 19:00 - 22:45

Huge shadows lie over the many scenes of new music in the territory of the former Soviet Union, which is currently once again the scene of violent geopolitical conflicts. The lively exchange of important composers and performers between Tbilisi and Minsk, Yerevan and Moscow, Tashkent and Kyiv has come to a standstill, the dialog to a standstill. Music is once again in danger of being reduced to national self-assertion and a propaganda shield for supposed superiority. With the multi-part concert and discourse project "THE TOWER OF BABEL", Klangforum Wien is creating a programme that brings together uncompromising artistic positions from Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. Alternating between concert and discussion, the project explores the new in the music of today's post-Soviet societies.
Like a "Tower of Babel", the project is intended to stand out from this currently battered cultural landscape: polyphonic, still utopian and shining as both a place of refuge and a vantage point.



Part 1
Hall: 19:00-19:45

Alexey Sysoev (Russia)
Col Pugno
Age Veeroos (Estonia)
I see feathers growing in the sand of the deserts
Jamilia Jazylbekova (Kazakhstan)
Les illusions de l`âme

Peter Rundel, Conductor


Panel 1: "Unheard Voices"
Room: 19:45-20:15


Part 2
Hall: 20:30-21:15

Anna Korsun (Ukraine)
Asia Ahmetjanova (Latvia)
Aram Hovhannisyan (Armenia)

Vitali Alekseenok, conductor
Markus Deuter, oboe
Michele Marelli, clarinet
Anders Nyqvist, trumpet
Krassimir Sterev, accordion


Panel 2: "United or divided"
Room: 21:15-21:45


Part 3
Hall: 22:00-22:45

Dariya Maminova (Russia)
I don't know whether the Earth is spinning or not...
Valery Voronov (Belarus)
Gigantomania for tam-tam solo
Alexander Khubeev (Russia)
The Codex of Thoughtcrimes

Vitali Alekseenok, conductor ( Maminova)
Peter Rundel, conductor ( Khubeev)
New vocal soloists
Dariya Maminova, voice


The programme was already performed with great success at the Wiener Konzerthaus on June 18/19, 2023.


VOICES Festival: TOWER OF BABEL Klangforum Wien

Klangforum Vienna


Open in thought, virtuosic in performance, precise in listening - as one of the most internationally renowned ensembles for contemporary music, Klangforum Wien is dedicated to the artistic creation and expansion of experiential spaces in the present. A performance by Klangforum Wien is an event in the best sense of the word: a sensual experience whose immediacy you cannot escape.

VOICES Festival: TOWER OF BABEL Klangforum Wien

New vocal soloists

The seven singers of the Neue Vocalsolisten are constantly searching for new forms of vocal expression in exchange with composers. One focus is on working with artists who virtuously exploit the possibilities of digital media, with a passion for networking, playing with genres, dissolving space, perspectives and functions. Interdisciplinary formats between music theater, performance, installation and concert staging characterize up to 30 world premieres a year.

VOICES Festival: TOWER OF BABEL Klangforum Wien

Peter Rundel


Peter Rundel 's deep penetration of complex scores from a wide variety of styles and eras, as well as his dramaturgical creativity, make him one of the most sought-after partners of leading orchestras, ensembles and opera houses. Under his precise direction, he creates multi-layered sound spaces with which he captivates his audiences; several recordings have already been awarded international prizes. His work has become a reference for contemporary music in particular, which is reflected in his close collaboration with important composers for numerous world premieres of new works.

VOICES Festival: TOWER OF BABEL Klangforum Wien

Vitali Alekseenok


Belarusian conductor Vitali Alekseenok has attracted international attention after winning the 2021 Arturo Toscanini Conducting Competition in Parma, Italy, where he was awarded first prize and the audience prize.
In June 2021, Vitali Alekseenok became the new artistic director of the Ukrainian festival Kharkiv Music Fest, which organized numerous concerts in air-raid shelters, subways and hospitals in Kharkiv during the war.
Since the 2022/23 season, he has been working as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Düsseldorf, Germany).
Vitali Alekseenok is actively involved in educational work. He has lectured at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and the Humboldt University in Berlin. He has also directed several educational projects and numerous youth orchestras in Western and Eastern Europe.


VOICES Festival: TOWER OF BABEL Klangforum Wien


October 14, 2023
19:00 - 22:45
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Radialsystem - Hall
Holzmarktstrasse 33
Berlin, 10243
030 28878850
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