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

Concert series

The first major exhibition on the legendary Munich-based record label ECM was 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 

Media partner

Supported by

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

Stretch your view

Stretch your view

Concert series

ECM — Sound samples

The exhibition "ECM — A Cultural Archaeology" was accompanied by a concert series featuring renowned performers. Here, you will find sound samples of all the participating musicians and ensembles. MORE



23.11.12 – 10.02.13

The label ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music) was founded in 1969 by Manfred Eicher in Munich in order to record, produce and publish avant-garde music. The exhibition focuses on the expansive cultural landscape in which ECM has worked since 1969. MORE

In the press

ECM — A Cultural Archaeology

Read a selection of the latest press reports, radio features, and reviews of the exhibition. MORE


ECM — A Cultural Archaeology: Essay by Okwui Enwezor

Essay "Great Big Ears" by Okwui Enwezor, Director und Curator of the exhibition "ECM — A Cultural Archaeology" MORE

"ECM – A Cultural Archaeology": Film screenings

Over the past four decades, ECM's music has become an important resource for contemporary cinema. Label founder Manfred Eicher has immersed himself into film and collaborated extensively with filmmakers especially Jean-Luc Godard and Theo Angelopoulos. MORE

Picture Gallery

Exhibition catalogue

ECM — A Cultural Archaeology

With a foreword by Okwui Enwezor and essays by Diedrich Diederichsen, Okwui Enwezor, Kodwo Eshun, Renée Green, Markus Müller, Wolfgang Sandner, and Jürg Stenzl. MORE







Concert, Video



As part of the exhibition '''Geniale Dilletanten' [Brilliant Dilletantes]: Subculture in Germany in the 1980s", the Berlin band EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN will perform in concert. MORE

Concert, Video, Video

Double concert: Ornament und Verbrechen / Die Goldenen Zitronen


Under the auspices of the exhibition "'Genial Dilletantes'. Subculture in Germany in the 1980s", the bands Ornament und Verbrechen and Die Goldenen Zitronen performed together for the first time. MORE

Concert, Video

Hanne Darboven: 24 Gesänge


As part of the Hanne Darboven exhibition the organ concert "24 Gesänge" was performed in the Markuskirche. Organist: Alexander Moosbrugger, 04.12.15. MORE


Moritz von Oswald Trio feat. Tony Allen & Max Loderbauer


Moritz von Oswald's longtime collaborator Max Loderbauer and Nigerian drumming legend Tony Allen round out the latest configuration of the Moritz von Oswald Trio. MORE


"Monika Werkstatt"


A new series by Berlin-based label Monika Enterprise called "Monika Werkstatt", with Natalie Beridze TBA, Lucrecia Dalt, Gudrun Gut, Danielle de Picciotto, Sonae, and special guest Gut & Irmler. MORE

discussion, Concert

Improvise NOW!!! – Internationalism and Darmstadt: Beyond New Music

Saturday, 22.10, 6 pm

The panel discussion will reflect on the legendary Darmstadt International Summer Course. The discourse will be replenished by musical performances of iconic examples e.g. by Stockhausen or Steve Reich. MORE

Symposium, Concert

Improvise NOW!!! – Remapping Bebop and Free Jazz — Symposium and Concert by 48nord

Saturday, 19.11, 3 pm

Symposium on the "Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies" and concert by 48nord MORE


Free Music Production (FMP): The Living Music

10.03 – 02.07.17

In 2017, Haus der Kunst will devote an exhibition and concert series to the work of the pioneering work of the Berlin avant-garde recording label and collective Free Music Production (FMP). MORE