Echoes of '68

Concerts in Cologne and Frankfurt

We associate “1968” with youth, demands for change, a longing for freedom. Which core issues from that era are still relevant for us today, half a century later – or newly relevant again? This is the central question of the New Music Forum presented by Deutschlandfunk, entitled “Echoes of ‘68”. The festival does not attempt to reconstruct “1968”, but has decided to search for echoes and consequences.

The IEMA Ensemble 2017/18 performs at the festival “Echoes of ‘68” on April 12, 2018 at the Deutschlandfunk’s Chamber Music Hall in Cologne, assembling musical contributions which audiences found disturbing at the time. Today they are considered artefacts of the “extended concept of art” of the pre-digital 1960s. These include works by Mauricio Kagel, Iannis Xenakis, Louis Andriessen, Nicolaus A. Huber and others. The concert also includes a contemporary perspective: Saskia Bladt’s “white echoes” is based on the possibilities of social media and explores how we are increasingly isolated in social media today. The concert will be broadcasted on April 29, 2018 (9.05 p.m) on Deutschlandfunk.

The concert is repeated on June 8, 2018 as part of the series “Revolte + Experiment. Kulturkampus im Aufbruch” at the Auditorium of Frankfurt’s Studierendenhaus. There is free admission.