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Austrian

Newsletter

November & December 2013


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November

Venue: 1 & 2 November: Canterbury;

5 November, Blackpool; 8 & 9 November:

Newcastle; 12 & 13 November: Coventry;

15 & 16 November, Salford; 18 November,

Nottingham; www.outoftheshadow.co.uk

Art Meets Language

Until Friday 15 November 2013,

ACF London

The exhibition, curated by Lucas Cuturi,

presents four Austrian artists who use

language as the primary material for their

artworks. Eva Beierheimer and Miriam

Laussegger have developed a special

programme to generate text with art

content (www.art-words.net). Jochen

Höller uses books for each of his collages

while Roman Pfeffer transforms text to

create his artworks.

Roman Pfeffer

Nobulus UK Tour:

Out of the Shadow

Until Monday 18 November 2013, UK

This is the first ever UK tour by critically

acclaimed Austrian dance theatre/urban

styles crew Nobulus. Out of the Shadow

is a full length evolutionary fable, told

on a grand scale by a 10-strong crew.

Using an extraordinary mix of breakdance,

popping and locking, contemporary

dance, acrobatics and ballet Out of the

Shadow tells a cautionary tale – from

the creation of the Universe and

evolution of man through to an imaginary

apocalyptic future.

Out of the Shadows, Nobulus,

© Andreas Brandl

Facing the Modern:

The Portrait in Vienna 1900,

Meaning and making of

an exhibition

Tuesday 5 November, 7pm, ACF London

This talk is held in conjunction with the

National Gallery’s exhibition Facing the

Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900.

The innovative exhibition considers the

changes and surprising continuities

in portrait production at a time of social,

cultural and political flux. Arnika Schmidt,

Curatorial Assistant at the National Gallery,

will address both the show’s key themes

and aspects of the practical process of

putting this exhibition together.

The Mozart Experience:

A Night Under The Stars

Tuesday 5 November, 7.30pm,

Royal Festival Hall, London

Michael Collins performs Mozart’s Clarinet

Concerto; Lucy Crowe and Christopher

Maltman sing arias and duets from

The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni

and The Magic Flute, in a gala concert

in support of The Passage, a charity

which helps London’s homeless people.


Romy Schneider, L’Enfer

Programme highlights also include the

finale from Symphony No.41 (Jupiter),

Ave verum corpus, sung by the Choir of

HM Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace

and an appearance by the inspirational

Streetwise Opera.

Venue: Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre,

London SE1 8XZ; www.southbankcentre.co.uk

Cineclub: L’Enfer

Thursday 7 November, 7pm, ACF London

French with English sub-titles

In 1964 French director Henri Georges

Clouzot’s cast Romy Schneider and

Serge Reggiani to star in his enigmatic

film project L’Enfer. The film was touted

to be the cinematographic event of the

decade but three weeks into filming,

drama unfolded and the project came to a

standstill. The images captured until then,

said to be incredible, were never shown.

Decades later Serge Bromberg and

Ruxandra Medrea uncovered the original

material and produced an emotional

reconstruction/documentary about the

ill-fated project. 2013 would have marked

Romy Schneider’s 75th birthday and the

ACF will screen this unique and unusual

production in her memory.

The Dead and the Living

(Die Lebenden)

Sunday 10 & Sunday 17 November,

various venues, London

The UK Jewish Film Festival presents

Barbara Albert’s feature film The Dead

and the Living. The discovery of an old

photograph at Sita’s grandfather’s 95th

birthday propels her to question what

her Grandfather did during WWII. As she

confronts the ugliest of truths – and finds

herself falling for an Israeli photographer

– hidden issues of responsibility and

guilt erupt into view. With a fresh,

vibrant musical score, a tight script and

atmospheric cinematography of presentday

Berlin, Vienna and Warsaw, this is

a story about the intricacies of life at the

crossroads between old and new Europe.

Venue: The Phoenix & JW3 Cinema, London;

http://ukjewishfilm.org

Concert & CD Presentation:

Lost Generation

Monday 11 November, 7pm, ACF London

Austrian flutist Ulrike Anton and American

pianist Russell Ryan perform a concert

featuring composers who were forced


into exile or murdered in the Holocaust,

including Erwin Schulhoff, Hans Gál,

Michael Graubart and Ernst Krenek.

Part of this programme is included on their

new CD Lost Generation (GRAMOLA) which

Anton and Ryan recorded together with

the English Chamber Orchestra conducted

by David Parry. This project was initiated

by exil.arte, an Austrian initiative for exiled

music. A discussion as well as interviews

with the conductor David Parry and Gerold

Gruber, chairman of exil.arte, will follow

the performance.

Ulrike Anton,

Lost Generation CD presentation

Maria Neckam – Songs on

Global Living

Tuesday 12 November, 7pm, ACF London

Maria Neckam is a New York-based

Austrian vocalist and composer and one

of the most original young Austrian voices

on the international stage. The New York

Times describes her as ‘a jazz singer of

composure and purpose’. Hailed as ‘a

natural wonder’ by Le Monde, DownBeat

compares her with Joni Mitchell, Mahler

and Schoenberg and says she ‘functions

as a coequal instrumentalist and deft

storyteller, using a clear fluid voice to

convey raw emotions with philosophical

detachment’. Maria will be accompanied

by Austrian guitarist Hannes Riepler and

UK bassist Tom Farmer. She will also

perform at Charlie Wrights, Hoxton on

11 November (www.charliewrights.com).

Maria Neckam

Gothic Artmann

Wednesday 13 November, 7pm,

ACF London

This lecture by Heide Kunzelmann,

Director of the Ingeborg Bachmann

Centre in London, will analyse the Austrian

avant-garde poet Hans Carl Artmann’s

relationship to the English language and

English literature. Artmann (1921 – 2000)

was strongly influenced by the aesthetics

of English Romanticism and Gothic

literature of the 19th and 20th century and

by English speaking popular culture. Using

Artmann’s example, this lecture explores

the way English culture and literature

affected emerging post-War avant-garde

literature in Austria and looks at curious

and fascinating adaptations of British and

American literary classics.

Sound and Vision:

Avant-Garde Poetry Now,

Martin Colthorpe, Caroline

Bergvall and Peter Finch

Thursday 14 November, 7pm,

ACF London

Martin Colthorpe, Acting Head of

Literature and Talks at Southbank Centre

presents an evening with Caroline Bergvall

and Peter Finch, two leading lights in the

UK’s avant-garde poetry scene. Join us to

hear two mesmerizing poets performing

their work in the context of the Art

Meets Language exhibition. Ranging

from Bergvall’s language art to Finch’s

concrete/sound poetry, the readings


will be followed by a conversation and

audience questions chaired by the poet

Steven Fowler, who will also give a short

talk on contemporary avant-garde poetics.

The event is organized in association with

Modern Culture.

G.F. Haas at Huddersfield

Contemporary Music Festival

Friday 15 – Sunday 24 November,

Huddersfield

Austrian composer Georg Friedrich

Haas, a featured composer at this year’s

Huddersfield Contemporary Music

Festival, is presented in several concerts.

The London Sinfonietta will premiere

in vain, a work hailed by Sir Simon Rattle

as one of the undisputed new music

masterpieces of the 21st century. The

concert-length work was composed

in the wake of the rise of Austria’s rightwing

Freedom Party and uses changes

from light to darkness to complement

a tormented microtonal soundscape.

http://www.hcmf.co.uk/event/show/332

G.F. Haas

Out of Europe: Film Art from

Austria and Switzerland

Sunday 17 November,

Whitechapel Gallery, London

UK premiere of a three part linked

programme, presented by and featuring

the works of Austrian artists, filmmakers

and curators Anderwald & Grond, with

Swiss artists Hannes Schüpbach and

Werner von Mutzenbecher. Anderwald

& Grond, inspired by Arnold Schönberg’s

Society for Private Musical Performances,

showcase filmmakers with double or

multiple screenings and discussions of

their work.

Venue: Whitechapel Gallery, 77– 82

Whitechapel High Street, London E1 7QX;

www.whitechapelgallery.org

Anja Salomonowitz, Film still from Die 727

Tage ohne Karamo

Performing Documentary

Tuesday 19 – Saturday 23 November,

Goethe Institut London

This festival, organised by the Goethe

Institut, ACF London and Swiss Embassy

features films from the past 10 years

which have emerged from an exciting

new strand of documentary film.

Experimenting with formal elements that

go against the grain of the standard notion

of documentary, these films quite literally

stage documentary material. Curated by

Birgit Kohler, Performing Documentary

brings a number of these films together

and places them in a discursive context.

The Austrian films to be screened include

Anja Salomonowitz’s Kurz davor ist es

passiert and Die 727 Tage ohne Karamo,

Thomas Fuerhapter’s Michael Berger.

Eine Hysterie, and Tina Leisch’s critically

acclaimed Gangster Girls about a theatre

group in a women’s prison.

Venue: Goethe Institut London,

50 Princes Gate, Exhibition Road,

London SW7 2PH; www.goethe.de/london


Alexander Zemlinsky

and his String Quartets

Wednesday 20 November, 7pm,

ACF London

The Hampstead Festival presents

a series of concerts of Alexander

Zemlinsky quartets performed by the

Brodsky Quartet. To complement these

performances the ACF will host a talk

by conductor Antony Beaumont, one of

the world’s leading experts on Alexander

Zemlinsky. Beaumont has written a major

biography on the Austrian composer

and has published translations of Gustav

Mahler’s letters to his wife Alma as well as

Alma’s diaries and a biography of Busoni.

The final two Zemlinsky quartets will be

performed on 1 & 3 December

(www.hampsteadartsfestival.com).

Currency: A European

exchange of performed ideas

Thursday 21 November,

The Place, London

Currency showcases collaborative dance

performances from all over Europe

including Austrian-based artists Alex

Deutinger and Marta Navaridas who will

present their piece Your Majesties;

a humorous lecture performance about

war, peace, and hope. The work is based

on President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace

Prize acceptance speech.

Further performances take place on the

14, 19, 21 & 23 November. Please see website

for details: www.theplace.org.uk/currency-1

Beethoven Piano Competition

Sunday 24 November, ACF London

For the third year running, the Beethoven

Intercollegiate (senior) Piano Competition

returns under the sponsorship of

Bösendorfer. In this competition the best

Beethoven interpreters from UK Music

Colleges will compete against each other.

It also gives ACF Members the opportunity

to spot future talent. This event is

organised by the Beethoven Piano Society.

Admission at the door £10 / £5 concessions

Marion Trestler, Destination UK

Destination UK Private View

Tuesday 26 November, 7– 9 pm,

ACF London. Exhibition continues until

Friday 15 February 2014

This photographic exhibition chronicles

and highlights the life stories of Austrian

women who immigrated to Britain after

the Second World War. The engaging

portraits by Austrian photographer

Marion Trestler capture the quiet spirit

and dignity of these adventurous women.

An accompanying book examines their

reasons for leaving Austria, how they

adapted to a new life, a new language,

new customs in the UK, and the reaction

to their arrival by the post-war British

society. Destination UK is an unusual and

timely collection of works which addresses

social, political and psychological

dimensions of female migration.

Rohan de Saram

Wednesday 27 November, 7pm,

ACF London

Rohan de Saram, former cellist with the

legendary Arditti Quartet, is one of the

most important performers in the UK’s


contemporary music scene. During a

career spanning almost sixty years, Rohan

has worked with the leading composers

and ensembles of his time. He continues

his quest to explore new music and

improvisation in a special concert at the

ACF London where he will perform world

premieres by young Austrian composers

which were especially commissioned for

this concert, as well as pieces by Egon

Wellesz, Luciano Berio, Johann Sebastian

Bach and Roberto David Rusconi.

Schmieds Puls

Thursday 28 November, 7pm,

ACF London

Sound Park Austria, curated by Robert

Rotifer, presents an exceptional singersongwriter

at the ACF this autumn. Mira

Lu Kovacs aka Schmieds Puls uses both

her wide-ranging, changeable voice and

her stunning classical guitar technique to

spectacular effect. Her debut album Play

Dead will be released at the end of the

year (www.schmiedspuls.com).

Viennese Lunchtime Concert:

Four-hand piano duo

Friday 29 November, 1pm,

ACF London

This autumn the ACF London launches

its first lunchtime concert with a special

four-hand piano performance by Marialena

Fernandes and Ranko Marković. They will

perform the Viennese Valse as ‘danced’ on

one piano by four hands. The programme

includes works by Tchaikovsky,

Rachmaninov, and Rihm among others.

Fernandes is currently a professor of

chamber music at the University of Music

and Performing Arts Vienna and Marković

is the Artistic Director of Konservatorium

Wien University.

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December

The Brodsky Quartet

(Part 3 & 4)

Sunday 1 & Tuesday 3 December,

various venues, London

Over four concerts the renowned Brodsky

Quartet will couple works of old masters

with the too rarely heard complete cycle

of quartets by Alexander Zemlinsky. This

Jewish Viennese composer was a protégé

of Brahms and Bruckner and colleague

of Mahler and Schoenberg. The series is

complemented by at talk at the ACF by

Antony Beaumont on Zemlinsky’s quartets

on 20 November 2013.

Venue: 1 December: St Stephen’s,

Rosslyn Hill, Pond Street, London NW3 2PP;

3 December: Hampstead Parish Church,

Church Row, London NW3 6UU;

www.hampsteadartsfestival.com;

www.brodskyquartet.co.uk

Mimu Merz

Mimu Merz

Tuesday 3 December, 7pm, ACF London

Sound Park Austria, curated by Robert

Rotifer, presents Austrian songstress Mimu

Merz at the ACF London. Mimu is a Parisbased

singer and songwriter who merges

experimental music and catchy, narrative

singer-songwriting, using both acoustic


Blackstory (film still), Christoph Brunner

and electronic instruments. Her new

album Elegies in Thoughtful Neon

is out soon (www.mimu.klingt.org).

Dark Scenes from

Contemporary Austria – Black

Story and Stillleben

Wednesday 4 December, 6.30pm,

ICA London

This is the UK première of two new films

by Austrian filmmakers Christoph Brunner

and Sebastian Meise and will be followed

by a Q&A session with the directors.

Brunner’s short Black Story is a thriller,

which weaves a maze through intertwined

love affairs, which can only lead to one

tragic end. Meise’s bold feature debut

Stilleben about a family torn apart by a

secret desire won the Grand Diagonale

Prize for Best Austrian Film at the 2012

Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film.

Venue: Institute of Contemporary Arts,

www.ica.org.uk/films

Workshop with G.F. Haas

Thursday 5 December, 2.30pm,

Royal College of Music

Ahead of celebrated Austrian composer

Georg Friedrich Haas’ premiere at the

Southbank Centre the ACF London and

Royal College of Music are pleased to

announce a ticketed workshop with the

composer. Haas will work with an RCM

quartet and college composers on his

2nd String Quartet. The workshop will be

overseen by RCM Head of Composition,

William Mival, and is open to the public.

Venue: Royal College of Music, Prince

Consort Rd, London SW7 2BS; www.rcm.ac.uk

Darkness and Light – Haas’

in vain (London premiere)

Friday 6 December, 8 pm,

Southbank Centre London

G.F. Haas’ in vain, written in 2000 for

24 instruments, is an exploration of a

musical sound outside the standard

tonal system of composition. The normal

concert experience is altered with parts

of the performance given in pitch-black

according to a series of carefully planned

lighting changes that alter and heighten

the listener’s senses. This extraordinary

work has been performed many times in

Europe and now has its much-awaited

premiere in London. Presented by the

London Sinfonietta as part of Southbank

Centre’s The Rest is Noise Festival, inspired

by Alex Ross’ book The Rest is Noise.

Venue: Queen Elisabeth Hall, Southbank

Centre, London; www.southbankcentre.co.uk


Jazz Salon with Peter Rom,

Martin Eberle & Isambard

Khroustaliov

Monday 9 December, 7 pm, ACF London

Peter Rom (guitar) and Martin Eberle

(trumpet & flugelhorn) have been playing

together for several years in different

ensembles all over Europe and just

released their new album At The Age

Of Six I Wanted To Be A Cook. For this

concert Rom and Eberle will be joined by

London-based electronic musician and

composer Isambard Khroustaliov, who in

2011 was selected to work with the London

Sinfonietta as part of their Writing the

Future commissioning scheme.

Peter Rom and Martin Eberle will also

perform a concert at the Vortex Jazz Club

on the 8 December (www.vortexjazz.co.uk)

Marion Trestler, Destination UK

of this evening is to present an alternative

narrative to the migrant story. This is a

unique opportunity to hear from the women

themselves about how they experienced

British society.

Cineclub: The rise

of Catherine the Great

Thursday 12 December, 7pm, ACF London

This lavish historical epic tells the (largely

fictitious) story of the clever German

Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst (Elisabeth

Bergner) who outwits the hostile Russian

court and marries Grand Duke Peter

(Douglas Fairbanks Jr), eventually claiming

the throne as Catharina I, Tsarina of Russia.

Rom/Schaerer/Eberle

The London Diaries

Wednesday 11 December, 7pm,

ACF London

In conjunction with the exhibition

Destination UK which opens on the

26 November, the experiences of three

women arriving in London decades apart

are explored through readings of their

personal diaries. Many Austrian women

arrived in the UK during the late 1940s

to seek work and a better life. London

continues to hold an attraction to those

who seek to broaden their horizons. With

readings and discussions, the intention

The film, directed by Viennese director

Paul Czinner and starring his wife Elisabeth

Bergner, was the first they made in

British exile. When it opened in Germany

in March 1934, the Nazi press viciously

attacked their Jewish backgrounds

which led to the film being banned from

German cinemas. The screening at the

ACF will be introduced by Brigitte Mayr

& Michael Omasta (Synema) who have

written numerous books on the subject of

Austrian film in exile.


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November

Until – 15 Art Meets Language

Until – 18 Nobulus UK Tour: Out of the Shadow

5 Facing the Modern:

The Portrait in Vienna 1900

5 The Mozart Experience:

A Night Under The Stars

7 Cineclub: L’Enfer

11 Concert & CD-Presentation:

Lost Generation

12 Maria Neckam – Songs on Global Living

13 Gothic Artmann

14 Sound and Vision:

Avant Garde Poetry Now

15 – 24 G.F. Haas at Huddersfield

Contemporary Music Festival

17 Out of Europe: Film Art from Austria

and Switzerland

10 & 17 The Dead and the Living

19 – 23 Performing Documentary

20 Alexander Zemlinsky and his

String Quartets

21 Currency: A European exchange of

performed ideas

24 Beethoven Piano Competition

26 Destination UK Private View

27 Rohan de Saram

28 Schmieds Puls

29 Viennese Lunchtime Concert

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December

1 & 3 The Brodsky Quartet (Part 3 & 4)

3 Mimu Merz

4 Dark Scenes from Contemporary

Austria – Black Story and Stillleben

5 Workshop with G.F. Haas

6 Darkness and Light ‐ Haas’ in vain

(London premiere)

9 Jazz Salon with Peter Rom,

Martin Eberle & Isambard Khroustaliov

11 The London Diaries

12 Cineclub: The rise of Catherine

the Great

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