An important legacy of the composer, conductor and artistic director Udo Zimmermann, who died in 2021, is the “Dresden Contemporary Music Days,” which he founded in 1987. After the internationally renowned festival was successfully continued under new management from 2009 under the title “Tonlagen – Dresden Festival of Contemporary Music”, the original title “Dresden Days of Contemporary Music” (DTZM) will be used again for the first time from the 31st edition (19.04.-07.05.2023) for the festival, which is now held biennially.
As a prologue to the 31st edition of the festival, the German premiere of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s music theater “Music in the belly” in Simon Steen-Andersen’s arrangement will be presented on January 19, 2023, followed on March 24 by the opening performance of the installative project “opera – a future game” by Michael v. zur Mühlen at the HYBRID Box and the Festspielhaus in Hellerau. From 19. April the festival starts with further highlights like the portrait concerts of the composers Olga Neuwirth with the Staatskapelle Dresden and Annesley Black with ensemble courage, a concert of the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen with world premieres by Piyawat Louilarpprasert and Lothar Voigtländer, a new artwork by visual artist and composer Esmeralda Conde Ruiz in cooperation with Schaufler Lab@TU Dresden, a world premiere by Ole Hübner with Auditiv Vokal, and a musical by the punk band PISSE at objekt klein a.
At the center of the 31st Dresden Contemporary Music Days is “Parasite Village,” a project by curator Elisabeth Erkelenz: a gathering of international artists such as Aida Shirazi, Yannis Kyriakides and Emre Dündar and ensembles such as Trickster Orchestra, Hezarfen Ensemble from Istanbul and Omnibus Ensemble from Tashkent. In cooperation with the Semper Opera and the Dresden University of Music, a symposium on the music theater of Aribert Reimann is planned, and another symposium will discuss the future of the international, experimental and independent scene of new music theater. As part of the DTZM Archive Project, which will be developed in cooperation with the Darmstadt Summer Courses and Ensemble Modern, among others, a classic of New Music can be experienced again in HELLERAU: Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich.
Moritz Lobeck (Programme Director) welcomes you to the opening of the Festival.
Here you can get tickets for the opening concert: Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden – Portrait Concert of the Capell-Compositrice Olga Neuwirth, beginning 7 pm.Language: German