the
Sound
of Cultures

mdw (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien), Joseph Haydn-Saal, 27.05.2022 19:00

 

Through the poem "Bodies attuned" by Lars Saabye Christensen as a central piece, the music tells us stories from different countries, cultures, and people about why we need Art.

"without human life 

no music 

without music

no humanity

 

for such is music’s fire

that unlike ordinary heat

which just rises up and beyond until 

it disappears up into the heavens

 

its heated tones seek beneath

 

to thaw hearts

melt the ice from shoes

drive chill from the earth and cheat the permafrost

 

music shares love’s peculiarity: it

appears from empty spaces, aided by

your breath, your thoughts and your hands

 

just as waves and heavy tree tops make the wind visible

 

and without music

no humanity

without humanity

no musicality

 

for music shall join together

all that is separate

lifting the fallen

and singing all that is silent

 

so breathe easy now

you are also an instrument, breathe easy, and

quietly, this is no solo, you are

not alone, together

we are the great orchestra, the big

band, breathe in, breathe out

that’s it, 

we are almost in tune

and none can hold a tone the way we can"

Translation: Kevin Reeder

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