Landscapes in Green and White

Postmodernism, not regarded as a stylistic order, but as a cultural respectively medial condition of today's art, can't simply be disposed as fashionable slogan – phenomenons, where the concept meets the point, are too versatile and evident. Also contemporary music for historical instruments – and hereby a note on the forthcoming concert for historical piano forte with Katharina Olivia Brand and new works by Bernd Asmus, Florian Geßler, Peter Lackner, Bernhard Lang and Markus Roth on November 15th shall be added – plays with cultural transformation in a similar manner as contemporary music for folk instruments does. The project Landscapes in Green and White, developed by Dana Cristina Probst, results in a concert tour through Austria and Finland. We are happy to announce that there will be a special thematic focus at the concert given in the cultural center: "Improvisation im interkulturellen Vergleich" (transl.: Improvisation in Intercultural Comparison) will be the title of an introducing lecture by Prof. Gerd Grupe (Institute of Ethnomusicology, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz), followed by a demonstration of different folk instruments by the involved musicians. The concert contains a significant part with improvisations and integrates electronics therein and in several composed pieces.

Daniel Mayer


In twice regard the project refers to a very current topic on the basis of a number of new works and folk instruments from Austria, Finland and China. There is the aspect of intercultural dialogue, which emerges from traditional cultures – here represented by different folk instruments and their respective aesthetics, music and playing technique –, and on the other hand the aspect of "inner transculturality of individuals" (Wolfgang Welsch), in that case the inner transculturality of musicians and composers, which are actively involved in the project and a priori bundle so many cultural influences to their own identity.
Following the theory of Wolfgang Welsch one should not mix the terms interculturality and transculturality, which are based on different premises. But isn't it consistently the case that we are inclined to mix levels, jump from one cultural conception to another? Aren't we once talking about a homogenous, well-defined culture – e.g. Austrian or Finnish instruments – and once, on the contrary, about interdependence, crosslinking and hybridity? Isn't one always oscillating between local, national identity and openness for the other? The project shall look into all these questions and the subtly oscillating inner "game". Musicians, composers and auditory are invited to come closer to a more flexible understanding of the own culture by the argument of sounding and aesthetic aspects of different but similar instruments and musical traditions.
Landscapes in Green and White – in the light of the fact that the both countries, in which the project is touring, share a respectful and conscious treating of nature, our motto is based on the the two national flowers of Austria and Finland: edelweiss and kielo (lily-of-the-valley), both white, both fragile and robust at the same time. The edelweiss e.g. isn't only "Austrian" as one might be tempted to assume. It comes from the distant steppes of asia and also in these culteres it serves as a symbol for long life since forever.

Dana Cristina Probst (transl. by D. Mayer)


Eija Kankaanranta – kantele
Martin Mallaun – zither
Mikko Raasakka – liru
Ming Wang – guzheng
Karlheinz Essl – electronics
Davide Gagliardi – technical assistance


Dana Cristina Probst (Verein Subito – Konzertreihe) – concept, organisation


Karlheinz Essl (1960): river_run for guzheng and live electronics (2016, P)
Alex Freeman (1972): Slow all Clocks II for liru, kantele and electronics (2016, P) 
Elisabeth Harnik (1970): roaming for zither and two music boxes (2016, P) 
Adina Dumitrescu (1964): Heureuse!
 for liru, zither, kantele und guzheng (2016, UA)
Maria Kallionpää (1981): Schatten II for liru and guzheng (2009)


Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, ImCubus
Mariahilferplatz 3 / I, 8020 Graz


18.00 h: Lecture: "Improvisation im interkulturellen Vergleich"

("Improvisation in Intercultural Comparison")

Prof. Gerd Grupe (Institute of Ethnomusicology, University of Music and Performing Arts Graz)

19.00 h: Workshop / Demonstration of folk instruments
20.00 h: Concert

Lecture and Workshop: Entry free
Concert: €  15.- / 10.-



Program note
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