Symposion. An Intoxication in Eight Divisions


Smooth and sexy: Outside one wonders: would it not be better to hold all concerts in this form?
(Der Standard)

Slowly and gracefully the ancients in antiquity got drunk. The basic idea of the Symposia was that wine, a gift of the gods, would grant human beings access to the numinous, even to the gods themselves, and to truth – if consumed in the right manner. 

Klangforum Wien followed in the footsteps of the Athenian wise men of the 6th century B.C. for the first time in May 2001. The experience with this ancient social practice has continued to work beautifully ever since, in performances in Vienna, Venice, Salzburg, Dresden, Budapest, Bolzano, Donaueschingen, Margreid and Luxembourg. A well-tempered atmosphere is the basis for a shared and intense aural offering throughout this eight-hour concert. So far no guest has left before the end! 

Music of our times, perceived in the slowly changing conditions of collective, relaxed inebriation... Pillows, futons and comfortable seats create an installation that is willingly inhabited by the audiences. During the long intervals they are wined and dined. Slowly and by degrees, different stages of intoxication are reached – a change from the Apollinian to the Dionysian world, whose frontiers become blurred and finally disappear altogether in the course of the night. 

This is the only way you really want to listen to New Music. (Falter, Oct 26, 2001) 

Intoxication for all the senses. And the audience is grateful for a first-rate ”symposion”. Bravo! (Kurier, Apr 1, 2004) 

Smooth and sexy: Outside one wonders: would it not be better to hold all concerts in this form?
(Der Standard)

7 September 2001
Vienna MuseumsQuartier Symposion UA

Mahler/Schönberg/ Riehm — Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
Theo Verbey — Inversie
Misato Mochizuki — Chimera
Peter Ablinger — Ohne Titel/ für 14 Instrumentalisten
Georg Friedrich Haas — Wer wenn ich schire, hörte mich…
Galina Ustvolskaya — Oktett
Giacinto Scelsi — Anahit
Christan Wolff — Tilbury I-III
Terry Riley — In C
Iannis Xenakis — Psappha

30 January 2004
Vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Halle E Out of Control Symposion
31 January 2004
Vienna MuseumsQuartier, Halle E Out of Control Symposion
13 February 2004
Vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Halle E Out of Control Symposion
14 February 2004
Vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Halle E Out of Control Symposion
5 November 2005
Margreid, South Tyrol Casòn Hirschprunn Symposion
31 August 2006
Hallein, Perner Insel Salzburger Festspiele Symposion
14 October 2006
Budapest, Jövo Háza Teátrum Budapest Autumn Festival Symposion
16 February 2007
Vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Halle E Out of Control Symposion
17 February 2007
Vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Halle E Out of Control Symposion
19 May 2012
Hamburg, Kampnagel Elbphilharmonie Symposion
25 October 2014
5 p.m.
Hellerau, Festspielhaus Tonlagen Symposion – Musik und Klang

Giacinto Scelsi — Anahit
    — Rucke di Guck 
    — Mantram
    — Tre pezzzi
    — Aitsi
    — 4. Streichquartett
    — Elohim
    — I presagi
    — Okanagon
Ragnhild Berstad — cardinem 
Pierluigi Billone — Mani.Stereos
Agata Zubel — NOT I
Klaus Lang — der dünne wal.
Georg Friedrich Haas — Introduktion und Transsonation
James Tenney — 'Scend for Scelsi 
Uli Fussenegger — San Teodoro 8.1

Agata Zubel, soprano
Markus Deuter, oboe
Gerald Preinfalk, saxophone
Gunde Jäch-Micko, violin
Uli Fussenegger, contrabass
Krassimir Sterev, accordion
Peter Böhm & Florian Bogner, sound design
conductor: Johannes Kalitzke

26 September 2015
5 p.m.
Brixen, Damiani-Holz&Ko Transart Symposion

Gustav Mahler — Das Trinklied vom Jammer der Erde
Dieter Ammann — Le réseau des reprises
Johannes Kalitzke — Angels Burnout Graffiti
Georg Friedrich Haas — in vain
Bernhard Gander — fluc'n'flex
Beat Furrer — linea dell'orizzonte
Terry Riley — In C
Uli Fussenegger — San Teodoro 8.1.

Markus Schäfer, Tenor
Krassimir Sterev, accordion

Peter Böhm & Florian Bogner, sound design
conductor: Bas Wiegers

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