MaerzMusik 2018

Berliner Festspiele once again presents the wonderful MaerzMusik festival. The 10 day event presents a range of international sound based art in a series of formats in an evocative and thought provoking programme. Throughout the festival, the interrelation of music and time – how we manage our time, why there’s never enough of it and how music has the capacity to transform the time and space we exist in when we experience it – will be explored, through performances, installations, film screenings. talks and concerts at venues across the city.


Julius Eastman composing © Donald Wurkhardt

The MaerzMusik festival opened on Friday 16th March with an extraordinary concert featuring the works of the late Afro-American composer, musician and performer Julius Eastman, while the weekend was busy with the conference Time Wars – Thinking Together in two parts on Saturday and Sunday.

The festival continues to be busy this week with a  number of different talks and workshops of interest as well as various performance highlights. Tonight, Terre Thaemlitz’s Deproduction will be performed with zeitkratzer at the Haus der Berliner Festspeiele, with Thaemlitz present for a Q&A afterwards.

Terre Thaemlitz © Bart Nagel

Terre Thaemlitz © Bart Nagel

Zeitkratzer © Johan Coudoux

Zeitkratzer © Johan Coudoux

For those who missed the Eastman works at the opening, Eastman Invocations I and Eastman Invocations II should not be missed on Saturday and Sunday nights respectively. The combination of talks and performances will be held at silent green Quartier and entry is free.


Julius Eastman laughing © Unknown.jpg

Once again the spectacular 30 hour project “The Long Now“, will close the MaerzMusik festival, with the atmospheric innards of former Mitte power station Kraftwerk Berlin providing the perfect performance space. Curated by Berno Odo Polzer, Laurens von Oswald and Harry Glass, the work is a temporal and spatial composition consisting of sound installations, film projections, performances, concerts and electronic live acts.

The Long Now Graindelavoix 2017 © Camille Blake

The Long Now Graindelavoix 2017 © Camille Blake

In addition to Kraftwerk and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, venues include Martin-Gropius-Bau, the Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal, Konzerthaus Berlin, SAVVY Contemporary and silent green Kulturquartier. The festival opened last Friday and will run for ten days, closing on Sunday 25th March 2018. The full MaerzMusik programme can be viewed here online for dates, detailed information and tickets.

Melinda Barlow is an Australian freelance writer and editor, based in Berlin since 2012. Melinda works with print and online media and has a natural curiosity that informs her work. She is passionate about travel and great content. She loves to write most about the world, its people and why we all do what we do.

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