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WIL (HELMS | LIAMS) BURG at National Sawdust, July 15th
July 15 @ 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm| $20
The Wil(helms | liams)burg project is a two-year cultural and artistic exchange with composers from Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Hamburg’s Wilhelmsburg. After successful Hamburg concerts in June in the citywide 48h Wilhelmsburg and blurred edges festivals, Wil(helms | liams)burg comes to Brooklyn’s National Sawdust as part of the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. Presenting a program of instrumental performance, live electronics, dance, political performance art, and an interactive soundwalk, this concert includes works by Hamburg’s Xiao Fu, Georg Hajdu, Carlos Andrés Rico, and Jacob Sello, and Brooklyn’s Howie Kenty, Dafna Naphtali, and Hans Tammen.
Hamburg and New York, in addition to the historic HAPAG line and a direct flight route, also connect two districts with similar-sounding names on the “wrong” side of the Elbe and East rivers: Wilhelmsburg and Williamsburg. As Williamsburg has now become a cultural center of Brooklyn, Hamburg’s Elbinsel is now ready to do the same. Some parallels between the two neighborhoods are indeed striking: long-forgotten workers’ quarters on the outskirts, port industry and immigration influences, and the popularity of the districts both Wilhelmsburg and Williamsburg have developed into. This is accompanied by strong contrasts among the makeup of the population, gentrification, an industrial aesthetic, environmental problems, and new urban development, as well as cultural and artistic challenges increasingly posed by artists on both sides of the ocean. As composers of the younger generation are influenced by their physical environment and cultural contexts as much as by the diverse nature of the compositional material they deal with, this project brings together representatives of contemporary music from both continents for this multimedia program, presented in the context of festivals now established in each of these districts.
The concerts themselves have been preceded by an artistic research phase for exploration of specific local acoustic soundscapes and sound ecologies, contrasting and connecting common and disparate elements. Participants are staying in both Hamburg and Brooklyn for one week each in 2017. During this time, the participants are developing the prerequisites for a second premiere concert of new works, scheduled for June 2018, in an open discussion with a workshop atmosphere. The resulting work will be documented on a specially created website, w-burg.com, on which the recordings of the concerts will be shown. These are to be organized within the framework of established festivals: 48h Wilhelmsburg and blurred edges, and the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival at National Sawdust, the new cultural center in Williamsburg.
* Tickets: https://nationalsawdust.org/event/emf-curated-concert-wlhelmliamsburg/
* Project: http://w-burg.com/events/
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* New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival: http://www.nycemf.net/