53rd International Festival of Contemporary Music
The Body of Sound
The Body of Sound refers to a fundamental theme in the music of the 20th century that still has significant effects today: the concern for the matter of sound, the refusal of the score's dictatorship, the search for a new equilibrium that from thought may bring to the body.
Edgar Varèse ran through the program of the entire Festival as a sort of fil rouge: most of his masterpieces, from Arcana to Ionisation, up to Integrales, Hyperprism, and Octandre were put side by side with his younger 'acolytes' such as Ansgar Beste, Dmitri Kourliandski, and Suguru Goto. Also in the line-up the flamenco of Carmen Linares, music from the Balkans, and the blues from the roots of America.