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PARKMUSIC New Horizons '11

A balloon as percussion; a symphony of many balloons with flutes; sound machines of canvas and bamboo in the field of flowers as tall as people; music for bottles, tubes, bells to play; Hungarian rock on the harpsichord in the meadow with a view of the Hunsrück Mountains; a storm of percussion, nostalgia-filled horn, a velvety cello and the public wandering from venue to venue for the 15th birthday of PARK MUSIC New Horizons. The festival, a complete artistic work which is held once a year by singer and music artist Sigune von Osten, once again offered a great variety of unusual and extraordinary auditory and visual experiences and opened New Horizons. As is customary, the natural surroundings of the Trombacher Court gave way to the scene, stage, and auditorium. With this introduction, the festival blended seamlessly with this year?s motto, established by the supporting Cultural Summer Rheinland-Pfalz, ?Naturally Culture?.

The activities began with a two-part workshop with artist-in-residence Hans van Koolwijk and his original, self-created instruments.

His unparalleled sound machines and installations were major parts of the program throughout the two days of the festival. Alongside Hans van Koolwijk, the festival featured two additional composers: French composer, poet, and festival leader Claude Lefebvre, who will be celebrating his 80th birthday in 2011 ? he was present - and Greek-French composer and architect Iannis Xenakis.

The remarkable silent-film performance of Theda,with and by English artist Georgina Starrand with a live musical performance by and withSigune von Osten

 

and the balloon-release performance, directed by Hans van Koolwijk and performed by the public, were major highlights of the festival.

Sound Laboratory in the Magic Forest was the title of the feature report in the newspaper:

Regardless of how one arrived ? as follower or sceptic ? one left with unforgettable sounds resounding in his ears... Everything in this situation mirrors a great event, a phenomenon revealed by the aura of the peculiar: the setting, the tall woman with the wavy hair, the musicians dressed in white, the instruments arranged upon the uneven crags, the flock of spectators who came from far and near to this yearly Mecca of new music to absorb the uncommon sounds. Everything symbolises experiment and action art... Every second person has a digital souvenir with which the message of the pleasurably exhilarating elixir of sounds from the small enchanted forest will be certainly and deservedly carried on.

Reactions

It was again a wonderful experience. Thank you sincerely. The brand new music and sounds paired with the very beautiful landscape and house, the very personal speech... all of that makes the experience something unique, international. No one could experience something like that in a large city, where the private atmosphere would be lacking. O. u. U.

We have once again taken long-lasting, very impressive acoustic and visual impressions along with us! G. u. B. B.

I wish to express my heartfelt thanks and also wish you the best of luck with your ?Park Music?, for it truly holds a special place in the festival world. ... great interpreters ? good organisation ? nice people all around. I. L.

A heartfelt ?thank you? for another impressive Park Music experience. ... I feel ? as always ? inspired and most especially ?at home? in the ambiance of the Park Music. C. J.

Park Music 2011 impressed us once again. I still have chills from the memory of the silent movie by Theda Bara and your interpretation ? it was wonderful. We are happy that we could be there again ? we would otherwise have missed out on a great deal. R. u. R. M.

Thanks very much for the interesting ?Park Music?. It was once again a FESTIVITY!! The workshop was also interesting. D. W.

THANK YOU for this uplifting day ? we were deeply satisfied by all the magical, cheerful impressions. Being able to experience so many new things is like a rejuvenating cure. I. v. K.

It was an unforgettable experience for me and it was a lot of fun. A. K.-B.

We really enjoyed your ParkMusic festival!! It was such a wonderful weekend of events, and was really great to hear your accompaniment to THEDA again. It is such a very special festival and in an amazingly lovely setting. G.S.

For me / us, this type of music was and is new territory in which one can open oneself, reach into one?s inner feelings. K. K.

Great concerts, always strung together by a central theme. Simply smashing: your performance on Saturday evening. And so many nice people. We enjoyed it. M. G.

Interpreters
Matthieu Romand, horn   Agnieszka Koprowska-Born, percussion  Markus Bellheim, piano
Matthias Geuting, organ  Evelin Degen, flute  Andreas Skouras, harpsichord 
Peter Schuback, violin
Sigune von Osten, recitation, voice / guzheng / percussion  Krischan Kriesten / Jens Alles lighting design

Works by
Claude Lefebvre   Iannis Xenakis  Juan Allende-Blin  Nicolaus A. Huber  Zoltán Jeney
Frederic Rzewski  François Sarhan  Milan Slavíckí  Olivier Messiaen  György Ligeti 
George Crumb  Wolfgang Rihm  Bent Lorentzen  Peter Schuback  Toru Takemitsu  Ysang Yun  Rolf Wallin   Kaija Saariaho

Event Locations
Trombach Meadow   Old Chappel   Trombach Riverbank   Vault Studio    Philemon-und-Baucis Meadow    Trombacher Court    Trombach Garden


Media Reports
Allgemeine Zeitung Bad Kreuznach
Lifetime Stadtmagazin Bad Kreuznach
Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz / Feuilleton
Wiesbadener Kurier
Wiesbadener Tageblatt
NZ (Neue Zeitschrift für Musik) (November / December 2011)
HF SWR 2 Kultur am Morgen
TV SWR Landesart September 17, 2011

Sponsorship:  Kultursommer Rheinland-Pfalz   Botschaft des Königreichs der Niederlande   Lotto Stiftung Rheinland-Pfalz   Stiftung Rheingrafenstein Hanna and Dieter Paulmann   Raabdruck Lindemann GmbH & Co. KG  Private Sponsors

Sigune von Osten, idea / concept / artistic creation
Production  ART POINT Trombacher Hof





Presenter FREUNDE DES TROMBACHER HOFES e.V.
(Friends of the Trombacher Court e.V.)