Concert Series Accompanying the Exhibition "ECM – A Cultural Archaeology"

Concert series

The first major exhibition on the legendary Munich-based record label ECM will be accompanied by a concert series featuring renowned performers. 
Founded in Munich by Manfred Eicher in 1969, ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) was one of the first record labels in Europe to be headed by musicians. ECM was always more interested in authenticity than in commercial trends and, with its crystal-clear recordings of musicians like Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea, Jan Garbarek and others, it set new standards in attention to detail and transparency. Rarely has jazz music been so painstakingly recorded. ECM expanded its program in the 1980s to include recordings of contemporary compositions. The early works of Steve Reich and Meredith Monk were formative for ECM’s New Series, but the biggest influence was the work of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. When his album “Tabula Rasa” appeared in 1984, it changed the landscape of new music.
ECM artists include Keith Jarrett, Jan Gabarek, Chick Corea, Tomasz Stanko and Meredith Monk. As part of its New Series, the label publishes works by artists ranging from Perotin and Machaut to contemporary composers such as Arvo Pärt, György Kurtág, Giya Kancheli, Steve Reich, and Heiner Goebbels, performed by musicians such as Gidon Kremer, Kim Kashkashian, Thomas Demenga, András Schiff, the Hilliard Ensemble, and many others.

Concerts in 2012
→ Arvo Pärt, Saturday, 13.10, 8 pm
→ Tarkovsky Quartet, Friday, 23.11, 8 pm
→ Anouar Brahem Quartet, Saturday, 24.11, 8 pm 
→ Enrico Rava Quintet, Sunday, 25.11, 8 pm 
→ Meredith Monk & Katie Geissinger, Friday, 14.12, 8 pm 
→ Thomas und Patrick Demenga / Alexei Lubimov, Saturday, 15.12, 8 pm 

Concerts in 2013
  → Vera Kappeler and Peter Conradin Zumthor, Friday, 04.01, 8 pm 
  → András Schiff, Saturday, 05.01, 8 pm 
  → Nik Bärtsch's Ronin, Thursday, 10.01, 8 pm 
  → Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Quartet / Food, Friday, 11.01, 8 pm 
  → Tim Berne Snakeoil, Saturday, 12.01, 8 pm 
  → Anja Lechner / Christian Reiner: Reading of Hölderlin's "Turmgedichte", Saturday, 26.01, 8 pm 
  → Gidon Kremer, Giedre Dirvanauskaite & Daniil Grishin, Sunday, 27.01, 8 pm 
  → Stefano Battaglia Trio, Friday, 01.02, 8 pm 
  → Charles Lloyd and Jason Moran, Saturday, 02.02, 8 pm 
  → Tomasz Stanko NY Quartet, Saturday, 09.02, 8 pm 
  → Jan Garbarek & the Hilliard Ensemble, Monday, 11.02, 8 pm at the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche, Residenz München 

The concert series festival pass is available for 225 € at the Haus der Kunst cash desk. The pass grants admission to all concerts as well as the exhibition "ECM – A Cultural Archaeology". The number of festival passes is limited. 

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Concert grand piano courtesy of the Steinway-Haus Munich

Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Palle Danielsson, Jon Christensen and Manfred Eicher during filming of Svein Erik Børja's documentary on the Belonging band (1974), photo Terje Mosnes for ECM

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