ART POINT   Sigune von Osten  

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PARKMUSIC New Horizons '12
Sa 25. August / Su 26. August

Photo: Claudio Casanova

This year's PARKMUSIK New Horizons festival begins on the 1.5 km route from the parking lot to the Trombacher Hof. Four young musicians from the Ensemble Atonor accompany the Sound Journey with unusual instruments developed by the inventor, constructor and composer Erwin Stache.
Strange backpacks, trolleys, a stringed swing, cuckoo clocks, old telephones, prepared plastic bottles and additional sound objects are mixed in with compositions for oboe and violoncello by Marek Kopelent, Isang Yun und Martin Marek and make for great surprises and aural impressions on the part of the audience.

Photo: Walter Lhotzky

The event travels from location to location along the route from the parking lot: up to the Philemon-und-Baucis-Wiese with a view of the Hunsrück mountains; down again along a babbling brook; and finally to the meadow at the historic Klostergut Trombacher Hof.

Photo: Georg Krause

After a short picnic break on the Trombach Meadow (guests are asked to bring their own food; beverages are provided), an homage to Marek Kopelent upon his 80th birthday begins in the vault studio. By interspersing the reading aloud of his essays "Bin ich noch Komponist?" ("Am I still a composer?") and "Unterschreiben oder nicht?" ("To sign or not to sign?") with performances of his music for piano(Hanus Bartŏn) and violoncello (Petr Nouzkovský) the Czech composer reveals the fascinating context of the political-historical developments of the time in which his compositions were born. It becomes clear how closely his works are related to his life experiences and situation at the time of composition. This encounter with Kopelent brings his musically composed history to life.
After a change of location from the vault studio to the old chapel, compositions for oboe (Vilém Veverka), clarinet (Joachim Striepens),violoncello und voice are performed to stories by ,Vladimir Holan. Then the voice of Sigune von Osten mit dem Melodram Black and white tears, a work that marks the beginning of artistic friendship in 1975 with Marek Kopelent.

Afterwards, upon journeying into the evening nature, softly lit by candles and torches, one can experience a calm and tranquility that is all but lost to us in the modern world. Then the evening birds can be heard in the distance, enhanced by the chirping sounds of instruments from here and there that accompany the visitors on their ways home.

On Sunday, the public journeys through nature from the parking lot to the Trombacher Hof. On their way, they hear the humming of bees, the wind in the pastures, the murmuring of the Trombach, rippling of the spring in the courtyard of the old abbey. Amidst the music - first in the vault studio, then along the Sound Journey through the Trombach Meadow - is young Japanese composer Misato Mochizuki. At the visual apex of the meadow is Chinese conceptual artist and performer Kenbo. He transforms the natural Trombach Meadow into a magical world through with the public wanders.

Photo: Kenbo

It is in this atmosphere that the compositions of Misato Mochizuki resonate between East and West: in her own world, that of her European teachers Paul Méfano and Tristan Murail and that of her Japanese colleagues Toshio Hosokawa and Toru Takemitsu, performed by the e-mex Ensemble.

After journeying through the meadow, the festival comes to a climax with a colourful tapestry to sound in Sigune von Osten's version of John Cage MusiCircus, performed in celebration of his 100th birthday. The work is performed by the Lina-Hilger Gymnasium Bad Kreuznach, the Musikschule Mittlere Nahe e.V., the
Tanzhologie Studio Corinna Janson, der the AG Neue Musik Grünstadt, the e-mex ensemble as well as additional soloists at the festival.