100 Cymbals

Ryoji Ikeda & Les Percussions de Strasbourg

2023/24 Musik Immersive Sounds Kulturpass

The ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg will be performing two projects at HELLERAU in April: “100 Cymbals” by Ryoji Ikeda (April 7) and the world premiere of Chaya Czernowin’s “POETICA” (April 12). The ensemble had already presented Karlheinz Stockhausen’s music theater “Music in the belly” as part of the Dresden Days of Contemporary Music in January 2023.

With the composition “100 Cymbals” by Ryoji Ikeda, Les Percussions de Strasbourg demonstrates the polyphonic potential of the cymbal instrument, treading the fine line between noise and harmonic resonance. The seemingly rudimentary instrument, a curved disc made of a copper-brass-bronze alloy, is transformed into a powerful polyphonic sound source, an endless crescendo that leads from a barely perceptible murmur to the roar of the final fortississimo.

More Infos

Duration: 1 h without break
John Cage / Ryoji Ikeda: “But what about the noise of crumpling paper” (1985 / 2021)
Ryoji Ikeda: “100 cymbals” (2019)

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The exceptional percussion ensemble Les Percussions de Strasbourg was founded in 1962 after Pierre Boulez brought together musicians from the Strasbourg orchestra and the ORTF orchestra for his work “Le Visage Nuptial” in Strasbourg. The ensemble soon inspired the creation of a new repertoire by composers such as Messiaen, Stockhausen, Xenakis and Dufourt, and Les Percussions de Strasbourg now presents an exceptional repertoire of more than 350 commissioned works worldwide, including numerous masterpieces of the 20th century. Thanks to its special relationships with contemporary composers, the multi-award-winning ensemble focuses on a variety of musical formats: from duo to octet, from acoustic to electronic, from recitals to music theater and dance. The close collaboration with the composers also includes active sound research and the invention of new instruments, as well as numerous music education and youth development projects.


Funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses.