The Big Concert Night 2018

of Ars Electronica, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and Brucknerhaus Linz

The Big Concert Night has become one of the festival’s fixed points and absolute highlights and simultaneously marks the beginning of the international Brucknerfest 2018. The spectacular Train Hall of POSTCITY with its powerful but harmonious acoustics has given the special encounter between symphony orchestra and digital music in recent years an additional and impressive uniqueness that challenges us to create special productions. The evening begins with a premiere, a cooperation of Josef Klammer and Jaap Blonk, which, in tune with the festival theme, creates a juxtaposition and coexistence of real and synthetic voices. Afterwards The Berlioz Project will be performed, the second major cooperation of Ars Electronica and Markus Poschner with the Bruckner Orchestra Linz. The third part will start with the Italian composer and musician Gabriele Marangoni and his acoustically prepared accordion, accompanied by visuals from Maja Smrekar, after which Electric Indigo and Elisabeth Schimana will perform. Both are part of this year’s Featured Artist Program dedicated to Elisabeth Schimana and her IMA (Institute of Media Archaeology). “The Vibrationeers,” a band of five electrically driven and computer-controlled vibratory tampers, will finally stir up the acoustics of the Train Hall and its industrial interior.
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In cooperation with International Bruckner Festival Linz 2018

6:30 PM Doors open
6:45 PM – 7:15 PM Communicating Monologues
Josef Klammer (AT), Jaap Blonk (NL)

Jaap Blonk (NL), Credit: tom mesic

7:15 PM – 7:45 PM Interlude Clown (2003 – 2018)
Josef Klammer (AT)

Josef Klammer (AT), Credit: tom mesic

7:30 PM Late admittance
8 PM – 9 PM The Berlioz Project
Bruckner Orchestra Linz (AT) conducted by Markus Poschner
Dancers: SILK Fluegge with Silke Grabinger (AT), Gergely Dudás (HU), Elias Choi Buttinger (AT)
Special Effects: Tour en l´air by Ursula Neugebauer, KUKA KR600 Industrieroboter / KUKA GmbH, AS50e Akkustampfer / Wacker Neuson.
Roboter choreography and programming: Johannes Braumann, Peter Freudling, Silke Grabinger, Cori O‘lan
Visualization by Cori Olan (AT)

The Berlioz Project at the Big Concert Night, POSTCITY, Credit:

9 PM – 9:30 PM Pause
9:30 PM – 10 PM RED NOISE
Gabriele Marangoni (IT), Visualization by Maja Smrekar (SI)

RED NOISE / Gabriele Marangoni (IT) at Big Concert Night 2018, Credit:

10 PM – 10:40 PM 5 1 1 5 9 3 surround a/v live [excerpt]
Electric Indigo (AT)

Electric Indigo (AT), Credit:

10:40 PM – 11:20 PM Into the Sun
Elisabeth Schimana (AT)

Elisabeth Schimana (AT), Credit:

11:20 PM – 11:30 PM Wacker Neuson / The Vibrationeers
Bernhard Breuer (AT), Didi Bruckmayr (AT), Chris Bruckmayr (AT), Stefan Fuchs (AT), AS50e Akkustampfer / Wacker Neuson

Wacker Neuson / The Vibrationeers, Credit:

The Big Concert Night was first launched in 2003 by Dennis Russell Davies, Gerfried Stocker, Wolfgang Winkler and Heribert Schroder as a cooperation project of Ars Electronica, Bruckner Orchestra Linz and Brucknerhaus Linz.

On Deviating and Setting Off on a New Course.
Brucknerorchester Linz (AT)

An error is a deviation from what we expect, this year’s festival theme asserts. Only by deviating can we switch to a new course.

Into the Sun
Elisabeth Schimana (AT)

Into the sun is a live electronic solo piece for a multichannel system.

Communicating Monologues
Jaap Blonk (NL), Josef Klammer (AT)

In this project, Blonk and Klammer blend congenial synthetic and human voices into a concert evening for soloists and choirs full of onomatopoeia.

Gabriele Marangoni (IT)

RED NOISE is a continuous flow of sound, a sequence of breaths, air, acoustic vibrations and noise generated by the most contemporary of the acoustic instruments: the accordion.

SILK Fluegge
Silke Grabinger (AT)

SILK Fluegge is an artists’ collective doing contemporary urban dance and art.

5 1 1 5 9 3 surround a/v live [excerpt]
Electric Indigo (AT)

Electric Indigo presents the Austrian premiere of material from her recent album 5 1 1 5 9 3.

The Berlioz Project
Brucknerorchester Linz (AT), SILK Fluegge (AT), Silke Grabinger (AT), Gergely Dudás (HU), Elias Choi Buttinger (AT), Ursula Neugebauer (DE), KUKA GmbH (DE), Wacker Neuson (AT), Johannes Braumann (AT), Peter Freudling (AT), Cori O´Lan (AT)

For Markus Poschner it is the second time that he, as chief conductor of the Bruckner Orchestra Linz, switches the concert hall for the Gleishalle of the POSTCITY

The Vibrationeers
Bernhard Breuer (AT), Didi Bruckmayr (AT), Chris Bruckmayr (AT), Stefan Fuchs (AT), AS50e Akkustampfer / Wacker Neuson

A performance with 5 wired, modified battery tampers from Wacker Neuson in a special electro-acoustic sound environment.

Tour en l‘air
Ursula Neugebauer (DE)

Ursula Neugebauer puts physical energy on display without introducing it as a body. She fixes this energy between materiality, mechanics and virtuality.