I am writing this belated Easter greeting, dear mœrs festival audience, from the air – between stays in Central Africa and India, where preparations are being made for typically “Mœrserish” special projects for Whitsuntide weekend. Right at this moment I am high above wild Kurdistan, heading towards Abu Dhabi, where I’ll then be travelling on to Ahmedabad.
mœrs festival has been driven by a new vision since its 2017 edition. “We are going to deepen what we started last year,” stated artistic director Tim Isfort, adding: “Our golden thread is playing with the unexpected in the program, which is entirely in line with good old Moers tradition.” The unexpected and as yet unheard are represented for instance by the projects from the “MœrsLab”: configurations of musicians that are assembled especially for the festival, who will conduct final rehearsals in the week before Whitsuntide weekend and finally celebrate world premieres in Moers.
The first act for Moers - the Trio Dsilton!
The Austrians play energetic arrangements, use specially tuned keyboards and a new invented electric guitar with 31 frets per octave. So we will have to get the grand piano de- and retuned for their performance at mores festival (we love challenges!). Trio Dsiltons repertoire ranges from Early Jazz to serial composition and up to using field recordings from around the world.
As of today it’s official: Moers has a new improviser in residence! As the 11th improviser in residence, Josephine Bode will reside and make music in the city for an entire year. Born in Oldenburg and raised in Münster, Josephine Bode has lived in Amsterdam since taking up her conservatory studies there. Her primary instrument is the recorder, which however exists in many different variations. In addition, Bode is active as an interdisciplinary artist whose work at times encompasses light art and theatrical elements, an approach which has caused her to be christened the “Lady Gaga of the recorder”.
drei Tage nach dem 46. moers festival ziehen wir eine erste Bilanz. Trotz der kurzen Vorbereitungszeit von nur sechs Monaten sind Tim Isfort, Claus Arndt und das ganze Team mit dem Verlauf des moers festival 2017 höchst zufrieden. Wie Tim Isfort zu seinem Amtsantritt im Dezember angekündigt hatte, gab es in diesem Jahr unter neuer künstlerischer Leitung und neuer Geschäftsführung einige Änderungen. Darunter waren beispielsweise eine zusätzliche Bühne inmitten des Publikumblocks in der Festivalhalle, ein deutlich erweitertes Angebot an Konzerten und Veranstaltungen außerhalb der Halle sowie die kontroverse Auseinandersetzung mit dem Begriff „Jazz“.