Moving around in space is one of the most fundamental experiences in life – and one which, traditionally, is almost completely disregarded in the context of concerts. At least since around 1882, when a roller rink in Berlin-Kreuzberg was turned into the first philharmonic concert hall, sitting stock still had become the norm. The Wien Modern festival is now bringing back some of this lost freedom of movement to the world of music.
With around a month of events at countless locations all over the city, Wien Modern is the biggest festival for contemporary arts music in Austria and one of the biggest of its kind worldwide. It was founded in 1988 at the initiative of Claudio Abbado, conductor and the general music director of the city of Vienna at the time. Since then, it takes place every year in November in Vienna.
Exactly what is to be expected from "contemporary arts music" and from a festival with the name "Wien Modern", which is at odds with all the clichés of Vienna?