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NEUE MUSIK
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STADT

Neue Musik für die Stadt

Neue Musik für die Stadt

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ARDITTI QUARTET MASTERCLASS
VIDEODOKUMENATION

Arditti Quartet

Arditti Quartet

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ORGEL MODERN
AUDIOSTREAMS

Orgel Modern

Orgel Modern

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SUITE IRRATIONAL
STREAM

Suite Irrational

Suite Irrational

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POLWECHSEL UND KLAUS LANG
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Polwechsel und Klaus Lang

Polwechsel und Klaus Lang

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VIENNA IMPROVISERS ORCHESTRA
VIDEODOKUMENATION

Vienna Improvisers Orchestra

Vienna Improvisers Orchestra

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COMPROVISE
ANTHONY PATERAS
STREAM

Anthony Pateras

Anthony Pateras

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KLAUS LANG:
TÖNENDES LICHT.

Klaus Lang: Tönendes Licht

Klaus Lang: Tönendes Licht

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STUDIO DAN
STREAM AM 21.11.

Studio Dan

Studio Dan

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HEDDA
STREAM

Hedda: Klaus Haidl & Sophia Goidinger-Koch

Hedda: Klaus Haidl & Sophia Goidinger-Koch

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HACKING THE PIANO
LIVESTREAM

Hacking the Piano, Tiptoe Company

Hacking the Piano, Tiptoe Company

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THE ACOUSMATIC PROJECT
STREAM

The Acousmatic Project

The Acousmatic Project

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BRIGHT DARKNESS
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Bright Darkness

Bright Darkness

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ENSEMBLE NIKEL
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Ensemble Nikel

Ensemble Nikel

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PHACE: TUNES
STREAM

PHACE

PHACE

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Pauline Oliveros
The Tuning Meditation
LIVE

Pauline Oliveros - Tuning Meditation

Pauline Oliveros - Tuning Meditation

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News

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News 26.11.2020

Wien Modern Finale: The Tuning Meditation

To close off a memorable edition of Wien Modern, Pauline Oliveros’ piece The Tuning Meditation will be played –  for free, live, online and for anyone to join in. The artist Ione, widow of Pauline Oliveros, will personally lead this performance (in English). Participation is very simple thanks to the playing instructions. The complete text score by Pauline Oliveros can be found below. To participate, all you need to do is to register to the event for free in our Online Shop, the Zoom access data will be sent to you via mail before the performance.

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Geht's der Musik gut, geht's uns allen gut
News 01.11.2020

Statement by Bernhard Günther, Artistic Director of Wien Modern

I assume the Federal Government knows what it means to turn crucial economic sectors of this country down to 0% for the second time. In Austria, culture is a sector with over 100 000 official workers, which doesn't include the immense dark figure of people in precarious employment situations, and the enormous effects that culture has on the stability of tourism, gastronomy, transportation, commerce, education and science, not to mention its contribution to the stability of countless individual people. The atmosphere in this sector at the moment makes one thing clear: to ensure that culture isn't viewed as a victim of public health, winter tourism in the mountains and the Christmas business, new signals are desperately needed. It is also clear that a captain has to try to evade an iceberg at all costs, but now, he must do everything to make sure that the ship doesn't run aground on the other side.

The pandemic can last many more months, and this virus might not be the last. The cultural sector is among those areas of society which were widely recognised as being pioneers and examples when it came to the development of sustainable safety measures. Highly complex prevention concepts and the best contact tracing thus contributed the least to the spread of the pandemic, but now due to the new measures, culture is in danger; urgently and also in the long run. This is nothing other than a financial and existential crisis of the "Cultural Nation" of Austria.

The cultural sector has spent decades of austerity tolerating enormous financial pressure and widespread precariat. I now urge everyone, truly everywhere, from the big institutions to the free scene, across all artistic and stylistic fields, to make a strict calculation and to put on the table how much culture truly costs. For months, the government has been expecting extremely elegant reactions to the most brutal red pens and the sharpest scalpels. For months, the cultural sector has done everything in its responsibility to master all these tasks and to accomplish the most impossible things. In the current extreme situation, the cultural sector has to expect the government to follow this sledgehammer blow with the necessary steps, unbureaucratically, substantially, and quickly.

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Geht's der Musik gut, geht's uns allen gut

On the current situation and the operations of Wien Modern 2020

31.10.2020
From the 3rd to the 30th November 2020, all events in Austria are prohibited by law. Wien Modern will operate as planned until then, under the existing strict and government-approved safety measures. From the coming week onward, we are making every effort for public accessibility of the productions that were planned over the past months and years, on broadcast or on the internet. New information will follow as soon as possible. Owners of event tickets will be contacted without delay to discuss reimbursements, and optionally, vouchers or donation options.

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FESTIVAL GALLERY

Ensemble PHACE und Nacho de Paz

Ensemble PHACE und Nacho de Paz

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Johannes Maria Staud

Johannes Maria Staud

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Markus Sepperer

Markus Sepperer

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Ensemble PHACE, Nacho de Paz und Markus Sepperer

Ensemble PHACE, Nacho de Paz und Markus Sepperer

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FESTIVAL

Wien
Modern
33
Stimmung
29 Okt
bis
29 Nov
2020

So, how’s the mood?

A new programme. New rules. A new Personal Pass. A new website with a new online ticket sale system. New venues, and by the way, a new office. 44 new productions and 85 new pieces. Persistent as always, we aren’t backing down in the face of the year 2020 with its unpredictable mood swings, atmosphere shifts, and vibe killers. The way to the festival this year has been flexible, with a lot of detours (which we don’t want to bore you with). We are taking course towards a festival as large as you would expect from Wien Modern.

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New music for the city

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?

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