Sound Around Kaliningrad 2017


20.04 - 22.04.2017

Gaudenz Badrutt, Switzerland / Photo: Artem Kil'kin

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Curator: [Danil Akimov]

Organizers: Baltic Branch of NCCA

With supports of: Swiss Arts Council "Pro Helvetia", Wilhelmina E. Jansen Fund (Netherlands), French Institute in St.-Petersburg, Lithuanian Cultural Institute, General Consulate of Lithuania in Kaliningrad, General Consulate of Poland in Kaliningrad


Watch the video from Sound Around 2017 by Vlad Kosyak!

Baltic Branch of NCCA is proud to announce 7th edition of Sound Around, three-day sound art festival featuring concerts, film screenings, artist talks, lectures and workshop. This year, headliners of the festival will come from Switzerland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Lithuania and Russia.

For the first time, the opening will take place in Zarya cinema theatre: retrospective of films by Dutch director Joost Rekveld, working on the intersection of sound, optical experiments and expanded cinema, will be followed by performance of Kainingrad jazz band ASP.

Kaliningrad Cathedral, the biggest organ hall of the city, will host the concert of contemporary classical music: two legendary collectives, Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music and NeoQuartet from Poland will perform on the same stage for the first time. Contemporary classics are also to be heard at Vorota art platform, where James Giroudon and Xavier Garcia will talk about the projects of Lyon-based GRAME centre and their electroacoustic works, including the ones composed for smartphones.

The festival will end at NCCA Kaliningrad with the concert of Lithuanian trio Sheep Got Waxed who mix contemporary jazz with trap-like rhythms, sample-based act by Gaudenz Badrutt from Switzerland and improvised audiovisual performance by Joost Rekveld. Yakovlev & Co, Evgeny Milovanov and Imanou, one of the most notable local musicians, who work with different genres, from contemporary jazz to electronic music, will also perform at the concert.

The biggest festival of experimental music in Kaliningrad takes place every year since 2011. During this time the festival was visited by the audience of 2500, and more than 70 artists, including such musicians and sound artists as Carl Michael von Hausswolf, JG Thirlwell, Jana Winderen, Vladimir Tarasov, Mats Lindström, Andy Guhl, Arturas Bumšteinas, Pascal Pellan, Jakob Kirkegaard, Dmitry VTOL Morozov, Dave Phillips, Vladimir Rannev and many others.


Opening of the festival: screening of films by Joost Rekveld (The Netherlands), ASP concert (Kaliningrad)

Sound Around 2017. Расширенное кино Йоста Реквельда и концерт ASP

MCME (Russia) concert in Kaliningrad Cathedral

 Sound Around 2017. Концерт МАСМ в Кафедральном соборе

GRAME studio: presentation by James Giroudon and live performance by Xavier Garcia (France). Followed by artist talk by Joost Rekveld (The Netherlands).

Sound Around 2017. Презентация центра Grame и Йоста Реквельда

Concert at NCCA Kaliningrad: Sheep Got Waxed (Lithuania), Gaudenz Badrutt (Switzerland) & Joost Rekveld (The Netherlands), Milovanov, Yakovlev&Co, Imanou (Russia)

Sound Around 2017. Концерт в ГЦСИ Калининград

Photos: Artem Kilkin


April 20 (Thursday)

18:00 Gaudenz Badrutt (Switzerland), artist talk

News cinema-café, 13 Serzhanta Koloskova St.

Free admission

20:00 Opening: screening of films by Joost Rekveld (Netherlands), concert of ASP (Russia)

Zarya cinema, 41/43 Prospekt Mira St.

Admission 300₽

April 21 (Friday)

11:00 Gaudenz Badrutt (Switzerland), workshop «Listening»

News cinema-café, 13 Serzhanta Koloskova St.

Free admission

19:00 Concert of contemporary classical music. Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music (Russia), NeoQuartet (Poland)

Kaliningrad Cathedral, 1 Immanuel Kant St.

Admission 400-600₽ Buy ticket

22:00 Afterparty

Vorota art platform, 61 Litovsky val St.

Free admission

April 22 (Saturday)

12:00 Presentation of GRAME studio: James Giroudon and multimedia performance by Xavier Garcia (France)

14:00 Joost Rekveld (Netherlands), artist talk

Vorota art platform, 61 Litovsky val St.

Free admission

19:00 Sheep Got Waxed (Lithuania), Gaudenz Badrutt (Switzerland), Joost Rekveld (Netherlands), Yakovlev and co, Evgeny Milovanov, Imanou (Russia)

NCCA Kaliningrad, 38 Litovsky val, entrance 6, 4th floor

Admission 500₽ Buy ticket

Venues: Baltic Branch of NCCA (mansard of Kronprinz barracks), Zarya cinema, Vorota art platform, Kaliningrad Cathedral, News cinema-café

Artists: Gaudenz Badrutt (Switzerland), Joost Rekveld (Netherlands), NeoQuartet (Poland), Sheep Got Waxed (Lithuania), James Giroudon, Xavier Garcia (France), Moscow Ensemble of Contemporary Music, Yakovlev and co, ASP, Imanou, Evgeny Milovanov (Russia)

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