Fall 2017 Concerts at ACFNY
The intimate jewel-box of a concert hall at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY) hosts free performances, presenting a cross-section of Austrian and American music and musicians. One highlight this fall is the 8th annual Moving Sounds Festival, including an interactive multi-media experience at Roulette, acoustic and electronic works by French composer Éliane Radigue at Issue Project Room, the experimental multi-media performer PAUL at ACFNY and more. Details below. Moving Sounds is co-curated by Ars Electronica and Eyebeam, together with the ACFNY and in partnership with Issue Project Room.
Also at ACFNY this fall: young virtuoso pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits, the acclaimed cello-piano duo of Friedrich Kleinhapl and Andreas Woyke, and the genre-bending Austrian contemporary chamber ensemble Studio Dan. Performances at ACFNY's venue are free, and reservations at www.acfny.org or 212-319-5300 are required. Details are below including ticketing information for Moving Sounds performances at Roulette and Issue Project Room.
Fall performances at Austrian Cultural Forum New York
All concerts take place at ACFNY (unless otherwise noted)
11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY
Free Anna Magdalena Kokits
Thursday, October 5, 2017 7:30 pm
The Austrian pianist Anna Magdalena Kokits has established her reputation as a brilliant solo artist. Her program features contemporary music by Manuela Kerer and Vivian Fung, romantic works by Alexander von Zemlinsky, and witty musical gems by Ernst Toch, alongside music by Ludwig van Beethoven and George Gershwin.
Moving Sounds Festival: Ars Electronica / Eyebeam Edition
October 15-21, 2017
The Austrian Cultural Forum's Moving Sounds Festival of music, visual media and aesthetic dialogue was founded together with Argento Ensemble in 2009. Intersecting artistic genres and breaking cultural boundaries, Moving Sounds brings together fresh works, rare pairings and contemporary approaches to music, performance and visual media, drawing from past traditions, while balancing on the cutting edge of tomorrow. This year's edition draws from the deep pockets of knowledge and experimentation at the juncture of art, technology and society of the renowned international institutions, Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria) and Eyebeam (New York), together with the Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Issue Project Room.
Free October 17 (8pm) - ACFNY: Experimental multi-media performer PAUL and percussionist Josef Klammer
October 20 (8pm) - Issue Project Room: Acoustic and electronic compositions by French composer Éliane Radigue. Tickets available at this link.
Free October 21 (2-6pm) - Workshops at POWRPLNT by Bernhard Rasinger and POWRPLNT artists and affiliates
Free Nifty's (modern klezmer)
October 30, 2017, 7:30 pm
Nifty's is a klezmer-jazz band formed 1999 in Austria. Their music is a mixture of klezmer and eastern European folklore, spiced up with elements of modern music such as dub and ska. Nifty's sound is perhaps the best answer to Naftule "Nifty" Brandwein's question (which he transformed into a songtitle): "Wie bist Du gewesen vor Prohibition?" (What were you like before Prohibition?)
Free Kleinhapl & Woyke Duo
Tuesday, November 7, 7:30 pm
"United by passion and power" extolled The New York Times following the duo's last concert at the ACFNY. On Nov 7, 2017 the internationally renowned and award-winning duo Friedrich Kleinhapl (cello) and Andreas Woyke (piano) perform a highly expressive program: "Rebels and Collaborators" including sonatas by Ludwig van Beethoven, Alfred Schnittke, Friedrich Gulda and Dmitrij Shostakowitch.
Free Studio Dan
Friday, December 1, 7:30 pm
Founded in 2005 by Daniel Riegler for the inaugural JazzWerkstatt Wien, Studio Dan operates on the borders between diverse subgenres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, and (art) rock, to name only a few. Their program features pieces from emerging Austrian composers (Mirela Ivičević, Caitlin Smith, Clemens Wenger, Christian F. Schiller, Christoph Walder, Daniel Riegler), as well as new commissions by the Belarussian composer and DAAD-Stipendium recipient Oxana Omelchuk and McArthur Genius Grant winner George Lewis.
With its architectural landmark building in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, the Austrian Cultural Forum New York is the cultural embassy of Austria in the United States. It hosts more than 200 free events annually and showcases Austrian contemporary art, music, literature, and academic thought in New York.
Austrian Cultural Forum New York is located at 11 East 52nd Street (between Fifth and Madison Avenue). Admission to events is free, but reservations are required. For tickets, please visit www.acfny.org or call 212 319 5300 ext. 222. All programs subject to change; please visit acfny.org for up-to-date information.