With a grandiose final concert by the clarinetist Jörg Widmann performing the Austrian premiere of Mark Andre’s composition selig sind..., KLANGSPUREN SCHWAZ ended this year’s festival on 09/22/2019. The concert in the in the Court Church in Innsbruck was the last event of the artistically stimulating 26th edition of the Tyrolean Festival for New Music (09/06–09/22/2019), which has proved extremely satisfying. In keeping with the motto RISSE/FISSURES, programmed by the new artistic director Reinhard Kager, this year’s festival focused on works reflecting the currently eroding social and political process from an artistic perspective. The concerts were, of course, not intended to deepen the existing divides but to shed light on the roots, examine the causes, and in sensuously reflective ways create new spaces for thought and experience.  


24 concerts at various venues as well as 14 Rent a Musician concerts in private living rooms, eight sound installations in conjunction with the Musical Hikes, and the exhibition FLATLANDS (TO BE CONTINUED) generated 3,600 visits. The program included eight world premieres and thirteen Austrian premieres. 


The festival started out with a bang on opening day with the spectacular installative sound-space opera Bill and the concert performed by the Tiroler Symphonieorchester Innsbruck under Lothar Zagrosek with works by Olga Neuwirth, Luigi Nono, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, and this year’s Klangspuren Composer in Residence Mark Andre. Andre was also the focus of a concert with Ensemble Modern performing the Austrian premiere of his cycle riss 1–3. Another special attraction was the two-day sound hike between Altfinstermünz in Tyrol and the Lower Engadine in Switzerland, a project conducted in cooperation with the Swiss Festival Rümlingen. 


Klangspuren Schwaz’s new three-day improvisation segment with internationally renowned musicians from Tokyo to New York was enthusiastically received by the audience and will be continued next year. Also to be continued next year is the improvisation class conducted by the International Ensemble Modern Academy (IEMA). This year it was taught by Zeena Parkins, and participant response was highly positive. Of the 33 young musicians from 17 nations who also participated in Mark Andre’s intense rehearsals of his compositions, 28 took part in the improvisation class and performed two concerts. Also quite popular with the audience was IEMA’s new Wandelkonzert in the House of Music in Innsbruck in which students of the Tyrolean State Conservatory (Ensemble konStellation) participated. 


In 2020, the motto of the Klangspuren Schwaz festival will be BRÜCKEN/TRANSITIONS (09/11–09/27/2020). The Composer in Residence will be the Romanian-German composer Adriana Hölszky and the Improviser in Residence will be the German-born saxophonist Frank Gratkowski.