DARA String Festival Takes Place August 30-31 in Berlin

Source: DARA String Festival.

Premiering in August 2019, DARA String Festival will present a wide variety of innovative multi-genre music for string instruments, ranging from early contemporary to experimental and freely improvised. DARA transcends genre boundaries, uniting highly renowned international artists from diverse musical backgrounds, in a series of encounters to inspire new thoughts and ideas towards the advancement of individual and collective artistic work. In the longer term DARA aims to present guest editions in collaboration with different partners/curators internationally and expand into electroacoustic and staged multi-media concert performances.

The first festival edition will include open talks and long concert evenings at the fabulous open boat gallery Hošek Contemporary. The concerts will feature solos performed by each artist and selected group combinations. Programmes will include world premiers, compositions and improvisations.

Festival artists
Séverine Ballon – cellist, composer (France)
Isidora Edwards – cellist, composer-performer, improviser (Chile)
Clara Gervais – bassist, composer (France / Germany)
Nina de Heney – bassist, composer-performer, improviser (Sweden)
Nurit Stark – violinist, violist (Israel / Germany)
Biliana Voutchkova – violinist, composer-performer, improviser (Bulgaria / Germany)

August 30/31.2019
Hošek Contemporary
Motor Ship HEIMATLAND
Fisherinsel 3, 10179 Berlin

Program
August 30
17:00
festival opening and artist talk

18:00
Isidora Edwards – Solo improvisation WP/UA
Chaya Czernowin – Adiantum Capillus Veneris no. I / Songs of the muted one arr. S.Ballon
Steingrimur Rohloff – Magic Number for solo cello

19:30
James Dillon – Selections from duos for two violins
Séverine Ballon – Chant mécanique for solo cello
Martin Iddon – Λεύκη for solo cello WP/UA
Iannis Xenakis – Theraps for solo bass

21:00
Clara Gervais – N.N. for solo bass WP/UA
Clara Gervais – N.N. for string quintet WP/UA
Edwards/De Heney/Voutchkova – Trio improvisation WP/UA

August 31
17:00
artist talk

18:00
György Ligeti – Sonata for solo viola
Edwards/De Heney – Duo improvisation WP/UA

19:30
Nina de Heney – Solo improvisation WP/UA
Tristan Murail – C’est un jardin secret for solo viola
Peter Ablinger – Ohne Titel 1 – 10 string trio version

21:00
Liza Lim – The Su Song Star Map for solo violin
Sofia Gubaidulina – Rejoice! duo for violin and cello
Biliana Voutchkova – Words I’d have never known for string sextet WP/UA