cresc...2022

Biennale für aktuelle Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main

»Give us a poem!« In 1975 students called out to the famous boxer and human rights activist Muhammad Ali. »Me We« was his prompt answer. This spontaneous short poem became world-famous, its four letters conveying a profound socio-political and humanistic message. Under the title ›MeWe‹, the festival cresc... 2022 explores the relationship between the individual and the collective over the course of two weekends, exploring a multitude of varieties of current music. Contemporary music meets Sci-Fi Funk and Afro-Beat; Iceland’s music scene meets a West African-German band. The audience is invited to experience the monumental ›Earth Dances‹ by Sir Harrison Birtwistle both in concert and as a walk-in sound sculpture, assemble an edible composition via an unusual parkour, and be an active performer. Five world premieres by selected composers offer their own take on the appeal to »Give us a poem!« before concertgoers get to open a ›Do it-Yourself-Agit-Pop-up-Restaurant‹ together.

In addition to the festival presenters Ensemble Modern and Frankfurt Radio Symphony, as well as Frankfurt Radio Bigband, the line-up includes the Swedish-Ethiopian experimental vocalist Sofia Jernberg, the Icelandic trombonist, arranger and Afro-Funk specialist Samuel Jon Samuelsson, the West African-German Liberation Orchestra of Inverted Traditions, the Australian composer Catherine Milliken, Frankfurt’s freitagsküche, the English conductor Stefan Asbury and the Italian composer Lucia Ronchetti as well as the young international musicians, conductors and composers of the IEMA-Ensemble, the Schallfeld Ensemble and the International Composer & Conductor Seminars (ICCS).

Performances of the cresc... Biennial for Current Music Frankfurt Rhine Main take place at the Capitol in Offenbach, Centralstation Darmstadt, as well as the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, the Hessian Radio and Frankfurt LAB in Frankfurt.