cresc... 2O17 – TRANSIT – Between Art and Politics

2. November 2017

The fourth edition of the cresc... Biennial for Modern Music in the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region returns from Wednesday 22nd to Sunday 26th September with the theme of Transit, presenting ensemble and orchestral music, avant-garde jazz, a music and dance performance and a panel discussion. This year’s international festival, comprising 14 events at 7 locations across Frankfurt, Wiesbaden and Hanau, explores the tension between Art and Politics.

Following Music and Space, Music and Time and Music and Film, this year’s festival tackles an issue of pressing relevance today. Given the dramatic movement of refugees and migrants around the globe, Transit is the watchword of our times. A word capable of awakening terrible associations, such as escape from war, persecution or environmental catastrophe; a word that also evokes the manifold tranformations and changes that societies are undergoing and for which they must take responsibility.

With Transit as this year’s theme, the festival is providing a space for those artists in particular who cross borders and constantly move between places, countries, cultures and genres. One such example is composer Isang Yun, whose 100th birthday would have fallen this year, who spent his entire life mediating between North and South Korea, between Europe and Asia, between Tradition and Modernity. In juxtaposing a selection of his works with current musical responses, the cresc... 2017 Biennial pointedly takes a stand on contemporary global transit, both politically and aesthetically.

The Festival is also breaking new ground with three dynamic talks by renowned journalists and academics. Sharing their perspectives on Transit, the festival will this year include illuminating contributions by former ARD East Asia correspondent Peter Kujath, German former Minister for Culture Christina Weiss and Islamic Studies academic Lamya Kaddor.

cresc... Biennale für Moderne Musik Frankfurt Rhein Main is a festival presented by Ensemble Modern and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with Alte Oper Frankfurt, the Institute for Contemporary Music at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts, International Ensemble Modern Academy and Hessisches Staatstheater Wiesbaden.