Preview: Konfrontationen 37 in Nickelsdorf

Preview: Konfrontationen 37 in Nickelsdorf

July 20, 2016

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Andrew Choate

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Set 1: Roots Magic play the music of John Carter, Julius Hemphill, Sun Ra, Olu Dara, etc.- Like listening to someone you've just met describe a close friend; all the lavish love of newfound comraderie.

Set 2: Frick/Reiter/Frodl/Stempkowski - An Austrian string quartet demonstrates what a lifetime of caring about what you do can bring about: something personally fulfilling and, even more importantly, something that makes other people care about things way beyond themselves.

Set 3: The Elks - Homemade electronics meet acoustic instruments like a kiss that started way before it began.


Set 1: I Am Echoes))) - Manfred Hofer is playing. I remember his set at the Kleylehof from 2005. He was playing a version of bass. Vivid appreciation for newfound sonicness. I have searched for him repeatedly since then with little luck and continually wonder what he's up to. Deeply anticipated.

Set 2: Lokomotiv Konkret - When legends make their history disappear by being perennially relevant you have the kind of gathering that turns a funeral into a marriage.

Set 3: Speak Easy - An absolute dedication to craft requires an equal dedication to appreciation on the part of the audience. Two of Europe's most body-centric improvising vocalists converse with a bed of drums and analog synth for the ultimate showdown of humanness.

Set 4: Agnel/Edwards/Noble - Rapport breeds productive tension (think rhythm section); add a third party into the relationship and you've got a recipe for serious testing of personal and musical boundaries. I expect indirect horizontal drama and explicit stabs into vertical (solo) virtuosity.

Set 5: Der Lange, Der Junge und Der Dicke - Testing. 1, 2, 3. Is anybody out there? Is time still the medium of life? Let's make a pact to agree with our breath when it stops out of sheer wonderment of the fulfilled possibilities.


Set 1: Rdeča Raketa/ Jean-Luc Guionnet - The pleasures of frying an egg and eating an egg are distinct yet related. Differentiating who is responsible for what is a task impossible to discern and irrelevant to the living of the dream. Good morning invisible stars.

Set 2: Also - Every once in a while your two favorite friends who don't know each other are suddenly in a room and you see it from a short distance and you're so happy because you just know they are about to be in the throes of magical understanding.

Set 3: Trio Now! - Hit me with a sophisticated underhanded revelation about the need to give at the moment of complete emptiness.

Set 4: Georg Graewe - Remember the first time you realized your experiences added up to something unique, but at the same instant you finally found a situation from which to make them radiate thankful awe.

Set 5: Red Trio + John Butcher - Literature is how we hope that language means more than simple indication; likewise the joining of polyp to plant.

Set 6: Karkhana - Let's say you're involved in both sides of a conflict. Your feelings always will. Now you can bend your knees and be delivered.


Set 1: Johannes Bauer Memorial, Phil Minton Feral Choir - It always matters when you care.

Set 2: Michel Doneda/ Lê Quan Ninh - Love is fundamentally an agreement to cooperate in order to engender more than what is desired. It lasts when you do it.

Set 3: Neuringer / Weissenfels / Kellers - A breath is a breeze, the basis of bonds.

Set 4: Wilkinson + Talibam! - Can we celebrate the mottled nature of true connection yet?

Set 5: Butcher/Lehn/Shipp - If you try to get to the essence of how things work, you don't study. You touch. And get touched.

Set 6: Fire! Trio + Ambarchi - You'll have to be patient with yourself as you get older. "The child is the father of the man." Let there be/light/at the end of the tunnel.

*Check out this year's program on the official website.

About the Author

Andrew Choate

Andrew Choate is the author of author of several books including "Stingray Clapping" and "Learning". He is the curator of The Unwrinkled Ear concert series in Los Angeles and "the world's foremost bollard photographer", according to Slate.

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