Chaya Czernowin, Les Percussions de Strasbourg & Steven Schick

2023/24 Musik Immersive Sounds Kulturpass
Photo: Christopher McIntosh

In cooperation with IRCAM Paris, the legendary institute for artistic visions and scientific-technological innovations, Chaya Czernowin is developing “POETICA”, a multi-channel composition for percussion, string instruments and voice, which will be premiered at HELLERAU on April 12 by Les Percussions de Strasbourg and Steven Schick. The project is the prelude to further collaborations with IRCAM, but also an important project in the new “Immersive Sounds” series, which focuses on current innovative and immersive concert formats and 3D audio developments at HELLERAU.

The history of the IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique), founded by Pierre Boulez, is closely interwoven with that of the Centre Pompidou, which was opened in 1977 as an interdisciplinary art and cultural center. In 1978, the Espace de Projection, an experimental hall of the IRCAM with a surface area of 375 square meters and variable acoustic properties, was inaugurated there. In addition to numerous internationally leading research and residency projects, an extensive concert season and many co-productions, the annual ManiFeste festival in particular is a highlight of the institute’s program, which will also present “POETICA” by Chaya Czernowin in Paris in June 2024.

Special double pack ticket offer possible. If you visit two events from the Immersive Sounds series, you will receive a 50% discount on one event. Available via the visitor center.

Chaya Czernowin was born in Haifa in 1957 and grew up in Israel. After studying composition in Tel Aviv, she left Israel at the age of 25 and moved to Berlin and the USA, where she studied at Bard College and has been a professor at Harvard University since 2009. Czernowin’s internationally performed works include chamber and orchestral pieces, often with electronic elements. Not least in her music theater pieces “Pnima… ins Innere” (2000, named “World Premiere of the Year” by the magazine Opernwelt), “Adama” (2004, commissioned by the Salzburg Festival) or “Heart Chamber” (2019, premiere Deutsche Oper Berlin), she develops complex psychological structures and sets strong political accents.

POETICA is a co-production and commissioned work by HELLERAU, IRCAM, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, MEC Los Angeles and Brenda and Steven Schick.

The concert is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the Alliance of International Production Houses.