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Big Concert Night

SUN Sept. 10, 2017, 8 PM-1 AM, Doors open 7:30 PM, POSTCITY Ground Floor / Train Hall
Limited capacity: Entrance with valid ticket or voucher in combination with a Festivalpass or One-Day pass only (Vouchers for the Big Concert Night can be picked up at the POSTCITY Infodesk upon presentation of a Festivalpass or One-Day pass until Sunday Sept. 10. 12noon)

Credit: Florian Voggeneder

A unique and extremely successful cooperative relationship is being carried on and reinvented. Ars Electronica’s Big Concert Night in collaboration with the renowned Bruckner Orchester Linz is a jewel of the festival. There’s scarcely a comparable opportunity to experience such an intensive encounter of instrumental music-making and digital sounds, and of the music of the past and present. This year, Markus Poschner, the new conductor of the Bruckner Orchester, will add a new musical wrinkle to this encounter amidst the huge Gleishalle (Track Hall) of POSTCITY. Poschner is also a superb jazz pianist and has invited several other soloists working in this genre to join him on his Big Concert Night. Classical orchestral music—Scherzo and Adagio from Bruckner’s 8th Symphony—jazz, sound art and digital visualizations will be presented on multiple stages set up throughout the Gleishalle, among which the audience can experience the evening’s tonal realms in peripatetic fashion. Next up are the prizewinners in the Prix Ars Electronica’s Digital Music and Sound Art category. The third part of program is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the ORF–Austria Broadcasting Company’s Ö1 Kunstradio.

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8 PM Aufbruch/Departure – The Bruckner 8 Project
Bruckner´s 8th Symphony, 2nd movement
Transition and Intervention
Bruckner´s 8th Symphony, 3rd movement
Performed by Bruckner Orchestra (AT)/ Markus Poschner (DE)
Soloists: Nguyên Lê (FR/VN), Hugo Siegmeth (DE), Harald Scharf (DE),
Bastian Jütte (DE), Markus Poschner (DE), Rupert Huber (AT),
Roberto Paci Dalò (IT), Stefano Spada (IT)
Visualization by Cori Olan (AT)
10:05 PM Composing:Lab – presentation
Maximilian Walch (AT), Martin L. Fiala (AT), Students of Kompositionsklasse Landesmusikschule Steyr (AT)
10:10 PM Marco Donnarumma (DE/IT): Corpus Nil
10:30 PM Dimitri della Faille (CA/BE): Obosen Dutertador
Visualization by Dimitri della Faille (CA/BE)
10:45 PM Cedrik Fermont (CD/BE/DE): In between
11 PM Anna Friz (CA): Radiation Day
Visualiszation by Rodrigo Ríos Zunino (CL/EC)
11:20 PM Kristen Roos (CA): Anti-Wave
11:40 PM Lucas Abela (AU)
Midnight Andres Bosshard (CH): Ho, Hei, Oho: Factory of Memory
00:20 AM Trevor Brown (AU): Dronescape

An Opening

At the center of the Big Concert Night in POSTCITY are the two middle movements of Anton Bruckner’s 8th Symphony, the crux on which the entire performance hinges. This is right and wrong at the same time! Bruckner’s music forms the foundation, the walls and perhaps the heavens too, in which audience members, situated in the middle of the Gleishalle, are free to move about.

Lucas Abela

What has been described as “a trumpet player trapped in a two dimensional universe” is in fact the unique work of Lucas Abela, a maverick musician with an unhealthy obsession with sheets of broken glass.

Obosen Dutertador

This performance is an electroacoustic and video piece reflecting on the current political climate in the Philippines. It attempts to translate the current climate of demagogy, terror and disdain for the democratic institutions of this Southeast Asian country into sound and visuals.

In between

C-drík will present a live performance based on a selection of recordings essentially made at the Observatory Studio in Singapore as well as in his studio in Berlin. Cymbals, gongs, metallophones (gamelan), various metallic objects and voices have been selected and electronically processed to form the core of the track.

Ö1 Radiokunst—Kunstradio

In the course of Ars Electronica’s Big Concert Night at POSTCITY, Ö1 Radiokunst—Kunstradio will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a two-hour live broadcast from 10.05 pm to 12 am on September 10 as part of the Ö1 Kunstsonntag on Österreich 1.


A microtonal durational live drone performance with baritone, alto, soprano bass saxes, treble clarinets 
alto, treble flutes, laptop.