NEWS

30.08.2016

A personal note from Reiner Michalke

Dear friends of the moers festival,

with this message I would like to say my goodbyes.

Every journey comes to an end. So now my way in Moers. Needless to say, I would have wished for a different ending of my work at moers festival. However, sometimes things are beyond our control.

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08.07.2016

Shortcut 2016

Just like in previous years, the students from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne and the Institute For Music And Media Düsseldorf filmed all the concerts for the live stream. This year, they received additional support by our friends at klangmalerei.tv and our charming presenters Mascha Corman and Hayden Chisholm who lead through the breaks in between concerts.

From all this material klangmalerei.tv cut this year's "short cut" film which can be found here. Approximately 30 minutes of full on festival feeling with lots of music and many interviews!

 

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We wish you a wonderful summer!

 

20.06.2016

Discussing the future of moers festival

During a meeting on Friday at Moers town hall, all parties involved discussed the future of moers festival.
 
The participants were the leaders of each parliamentary group with seats in Moers City Council, the Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board for Moers Kultur GmbH, the Commissioner for Cultural Affairs, the Mayor, the Chief Executive Officer of Moers Kultur GmbH and the Artistic Director of moers festival.
 
Those present evaluated the talk as rather constructive, with useful results towards keeping and further developing moers festival in the future.
 
Based on this perspective, Chief Executive Officer of Moers Kultur GmbH, Dirk Hohensträter, and the Artistic Director of moers festival, Reiner Michalke, both withdrew their offered resignation at the suggestion of Mayor Christoph Fleischhauer.
 
This outcome was very much welcomed by all parties present.

Find the PDF of the press release here.

19.05.2016

First press quotes

Als sei ihnen ein heiliger Geist erschienen
Vielfältig und mit politischem Bewusstsein: Auf dem gut besuchten Moers Festival kann man sehen und hören, was Jazz 2016 bedeutet

Musik inklusive kritischer Auseinandersetzung mit der Geschichte war schon immer ein Leitmotiv in Moers, wo seit 44 Jahren das wichtigste Treffen für avantgardistische Musik stattfindet. In den 70ern haben hier Größen wie Archie Shepp oder Anthony Braxton gespielt, heute reist die internationale Speerspitze der experimentellen Musik an. Auch in sozialer Hinsicht ist Moers Avantgarde. Bis heute treffen sich dort nicht nur die wandelnden Jazz-Lexika in abgewetzten Sakkos, sondern auch Musik-Hipster, Elektronik-Nerds und Metalfans. Der Anspruch, dabei nicht elitär zu sein, zeigt sich etwa bei den „morning sessions“, bei denen einige Musiker zur Improvisation auf kleinen Bühnen zusammenkommen. Da sie kostenlos sind, ziehen sie auch Interessierte aus Moers und der Region an. Moers eignet sich gut für eine Bestands- aufnahme. Jazz ist 2016 so offen und hybrid wie nie zuvor. (...) Ein Festival, das seit jeher so stilsicher in die Zukunft blickt, und dabei so inklusiv ist wie kaum ein anderes – für Geflüchtete und Kinder ist der Eintritt frei –, darf in einer von Konsumzwang geprägten Eventgesellschaft nicht fehlen.

taz - die tageszeitung, 19.05.2016, Phillip Rhensius


Mag man jetzt etwa keinen Jazz mehr?
Zum 45. Mal: Das Jazzfestival Moers hat nach wie vor alles, hoffentlich auch genug Geld für die Zukunft

Auch die fünfundvierzigste Ausgabe, die elfte unter der künstlerischen Leitung Reiner Michalkes, zeigte eine ungewöhnliche Spannweite: freie Improvisationen und komplexe Kompositionen, konzeptionelle Annäherungen an elektronische Musik oder an Song-Traditionen. Drei Auftragsproduktionen, vier Europa- und acht Deutschland- Premieren unterstrichen diesmal den Mut zum Risiko. Gälte es, eine übergeordnete Devise für das Moers Festival 2016 zu formulieren, wären es wohl die schroffen Kontraste, die im Lauf eines Tages und Abends von Band zu Band entstehen. (...) Atmosphärische Störungen gewitterten hinter den Kulissen schon vor Beginn des Festivals. Zwar sei die in früheren Jahren schwierige finanzielle Lage dank einer Unterstützung des Bundes von 150 000 Euro für die Jahre 2016 bis 2018 entspannt; gleichwohl gebe es Leute, die das Festival gerne anders oder gar nicht weiterführen wollten – so fasste Reiner Michalke die aktuelle Situation zusammen. Auf der Abschlusspressekonferenz sagte der künstlerische Leiter, er habe dem Aufsichtsrat vorgeschlagen, ihn von seinem noch bis 2020 laufenden Vertrag mit sofortiger Wirkung zu entbinden. Es ist zu hoffen, dass die divergierenden politischen Kräfte in Moers das Richtige für dieses renommierte Festival schon tun werden.

FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 19.05.2016, Norbert Krampf

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17.05.2016

final press conference

At the festival’s final press conference yesterday, Reiner Michalke offered the Chairman of the Board at Moers Kultur GmbH the immediate termination of his contract, due to the persistent confusions surrounding the financial situation and the resulting uncertainties as to in which way the festival may be continued in the future.

You can find the video of the press conference here.

 

17.05.2016

moers festival 2016 – The Pleasure of No Limits!

We had such a great time with you! Four jampacked days of music, fantastic musicians and all of you with whom we could experience the adventures of the last four days. If you don't want it all to stop just yet, you can access all the concert recordings as a catch-up stream for the next six months at ARTE Concert. Visit our picture gallery and photo blog to see photos of the festival.

16.05.2016

The final day of the festival

Today at 11 pm is the last chance to experience the morning sessions.


We're starting off today at 2 pm with the Lisbon Underground Music Ensemble, at 3.30 pm Hauschka & Kosminen will continue the day, followed by Amok Amor at  4.45 pm and the final concert of the 45th festival edition is Becca Stevens & Jacob Collier at 6 pm. All of today's concerts will again be streamed live. Visit our picture gallery and photo blog for pictures of the festival. Stay tuned!

15.05.2016

First impressions of saturday...

...are now in our picture gallery!

Here's todays schedule:

3 pm Tim Isfort "Zapptet"
4.30 pm The Liz "Book of Birds"
5.45 pm Medusa Beats
8 pm David Virelles "Mbókò"
9.30 pm Warped Dreamer
10.45 pm Dawn of Midi
12 pm Moon Hooch

15.05.2016

The sunday begins

The early birds among you should not miss out on the 'morning sessions', kicking off at 11 am in the music department of the Musikschule Moers.
At 1.30 pm we shall continue with Stian Westerhus' solo concert at the city church, and Tim Isfort's "Zapptet" will open the festival Sunday at 3 pm.

14.05.2016

The festival goes on

The Subway Jazz Orchestra opened the 2nd festival day. Here's the schedule for today:

4.30 pm Kaja Draksler & Susana Santos Silva
5.45 pm Maja Osojnik & Patrick Wurzwallner “Let Them Grow“
8 pm Jeremy Flower “The Real Me”
9.30 pm Harold López-Nussa Trio
10.45 pm Harriet Tubman & Cassandra Wilson present “Black Sun”

14.05.2016

First impressions

Yesterday was a great festival start. Our photo gallery now contains some initial pictures from yesterday's concerts, while the first episodes of "Behind the scenes", a backstage glimpse of the moers festival, is also online. Check them out!
Today the Subway Jazz Orchestra will open with their concert at 3 pm!

13.05.2016

The 45th moers festival has started!

Our ‘Improviser in Residence’ Carolin Pook got the 45th moers festival rolling. More gigs at the festival hall tonight: Sam Amidon as of 9.15 pm, followed Jóhann Jóhannsson "End of Summer" at 10.15 pm, and No BS! Brass Band as of 11.30 pm. Last but not least we continue at the club ‘Die Röhre’ with ‘Schnellertollermeier’ as of midnight. See you there!

13.05.2016

Just a matter of hours ...

There are just a few hours to go until this year's moers festival opens tonight at 8 pm, and we're madly looking forward to four days of music - and to the fact that you'll be joining us.
All the concerts from the main programme will be streamed live on our website and via ARTE Concert. But as nothing can beat being there in person, get your ticket now (pre-sales finish at 4 pm). It's time to get a move on to Moers! 

12.05.2016

Tomorrow is the day

Carolin Pook will open the festival with „pezzettino 8“ tomorrow. In her latest blog entry ‘From Moers to Mars’ she talks about the rehearsals for this gig and about how much she is looking forward to the festival. Check out the blog.
During the festival, our mates from ‘Spot Behind’ will  keep you in the loop with all sorts of background information. Not to miss: Part of the crew this year are 'Klangmalerei.tv' who also filmed that video with our little craft bus. Stay tuned!
More information is available in our last newsletter before the festival. We look forward to enjoy fabulous concerts with you all!

06.05.2016

Sam Amidon is coming!

First some good news, we are happy to announce that we could add American singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon to our Friday programme of the festival. The bad news is, however, that Jóhann Jóhannsson is in hospital and had to cancel his trip to Moers at doctor’s orders.

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28.04.2016

Intermission Tune 2016

This year’s interval signal, which once again would make a very classy ring tone, is now available for download. It’s by piano player Harold López-Nussa, an excerpt from his track ‘Guajira’. Guajira is a typical Cuban style of peasant music originating in the country’s rural areas. Over time it developed into a danceable mix of Son music and the original Guajira style.
You can listen to the interval tune here.

14.04.2016

Females rule the blog

Following last week’s features about Carolin Pook (in German) and Carla Kihlstedt we posted another piece about a female artist today: Martin Longley about the duo Kaja Draksler and Susana Santos Silva. The next post will be a feature by Franziska Buhre about the Vienna based singer Maja Osojnik.

05.04.2016

International Delegation visiting Moers Festival 2016 at the Invitation of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

An international delegation of 18 experts from five different continents will visit Moers Festival 2016, accepting the joint invitation by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin, the Initiative Musik and the Goethe-Institut Munich. A visit at Moers Festival is both a great incentive and the final highlight at the end of their one-week-trip themed ‘Music from Germany – Musical Homeland Germany’. Prior to the festival, the delegation is scheduled to visit the ‘Haus der Kulturen der Welt’ in Berlin, the ‘Popakademie Mannheim’ and more. This delegation, comprised of festival directors and journalists, will come to Moers on Friday, 13 May and stay in town for three days.

Read more in the press release

31.03.2016

moers blog reactivated

We reactivated our moers festival blog at Easter time. This is where we will post interesting articles about anything concerning the festival programme. Our writers have been hard at work. The result: The first two blog articles are online. Martin Longley had a chat with Amok Amor’s bass player Petter Eldh about how the band got together, and about their upcoming gig in Moers. Karl Lippegaus dedicated his article to the Belgian Jozef Dumoulin and his relationship with his Fender Rhodes. Tomorrow, we will post a piece by Franziska Buhre about Subway Jazz Orchestra and the Big Band scene in Germany.

Go to moers festival blog here. (partly in German)

24.03.2016

VIP tickets

Novelty! For the first time, we offer VIP tickets this year. The VIP ticket includes entry to the festival on all four festival days, three nights accommodation at the designated festival hotel (Friday to Monday*). Additionally, the VIP ticket will give you access to the media area (with free WiFi) and allows you to use the shuttle bus which runs once an hour between the Festival Hall and the festival hotel, free of charge.

read more in our latest newsletter

10.03.2016

We have great news:

moers festival 2016 will take place as planned, just like we thought it would.

Concern about the festival’s financial situation arose after the new CEO reevaluated the figures. Last night, the city of Moers signed a guarantee agreement and thereby fulfilled the new CEO’s condition to go ahead with moers festival 2016. Time will show to what extent the CEO’s financial assessment was correct.

Unfortunately, we lost precious time to advertise for the festival due to the uncertainties in these past weeks. Therefore we now need your help with advertising for our festival! Please support us now by raising awareness of the festival.

The best proof that the world needs moers festival is a sold out house on all four days.

03.03.2016

This Year’s Line-Up!

Eagerly anticipated and now released: This afternoon we presented the main programme for the upcoming festival at the press conference.

Detailed information about the programme, plus photos of all artistes and/or bands performing at the festival hall in Moers on the Whitsun weekeend from May 13th to May 16th 2016 can be found at our website.

The programme can be found here.

03.03.2016

Chat link to programme press conference

Today the programme of this year's moers festival will be presented: our press conference is to take place today at midday.

01.03.2016

Moers Kultur GmbH Press Conference

The financial situation of the festival or moreover its organising body Moers Kultur GmbH is again troublesome as you may have heard from the media. However, at yesterday’s press conference at Moers city hall those responsible advised to relax the discussion somewhat. At present, we cannot promise anything just yet, but we remain confident that the festival will take place as planned..
Further information can be found online:
search moers festival

You can stream yesterday’s press conference here (full-length).

11.02.2016

poster motif 2016

This year’s Moers Festival poster is launched. The photo was taken by Colombian photographer Eliana Aponte. It depicts a blue train on rails, with white cloud formations and a vast sparkly blue sky towering overhead. Originally this train was really a bus which was converted into a train later on. Owing to the Cubans’ art of improvisation this converted train brings inhabitants and tourists from the outer suburbs of the Cuban city Trinidad to the city centre and back every day.

For many years, Eliana Aponte worked as a war photographer in the world’s war zones until she decided to move to Cuba four years ago. Now she captures people’s livelihoods and especially enjoys the love of life on the island after all those years full of violence and war.

Download the poster theme here.

12.01.2016

Carolin Pook will be ’Improviser in Residence’ in Moers 2016

We are delighted to announce Carolin Pook as ‘Improviser in Residence’ for this year. Once again this position is filled with a New York based German musician. This composer and violin player will take over the task from the current Improviser in Residence Hayden Chisholm in Moers. The handover concert with both Improvisers, at which the world premiere of Hayden Chisholm’s 24-minute short film ‘Sisyphus runs’ which he produced last year, will also be shown to mark the occasion, will be held on 21st January 2016 at 7.30 pm at the Moers Festival Hall, free entry.

Click here for more news concerning "Improviser in residence", Hello/Goodbye concert and Early Bird ticket.

30.11.2015

Early Bird ticket sales kick off

Early Bird ticket sales will kick off today at midnight! Our traditional Christmas special is up for grabs: the four-day-festival ticket, valid on all four festival days (13-16 May 2016) for 108 euros instead of 140 euros at the festival box office. It remains a popular gift for friends and family members who love music, or simply a nice gift for yourself.
As stated in the November newsletter, ticket prices have increased moderately for the 2016 season. However, concession festival tickets remain the same: only 50 euros.
Be quick and visit our ticket shop. Remember: Only while stock lasts!

12.11.2015

Good news from Berlin

"The Federal Government will make 150,000 euros from the Federal Budget available to the internationally acclaimed Moers Festival on an annual basis for the next three years, in order to relieve the burden on the communal budget." said Radomski, Bundestag member (CDU) and member of the Committee on Budgets, after a revaluation meeting on Thursday. "The commitment paid of." noted Siegmund Ehrmann, Bundestag member (SPD) and Chair of Committee on Culture and Media. He pointed out that the Federal Government had also provided an investment grant for the refurbishment of the festival hall. The future grants will continue to stabilize the financial basis of the acclaimed Moers Festival, said Ehrmann. Minister Grütters had personally witnessed the artistic and organisational competence of all involved at the 2015 festival.
Radomski and Ehrmann, both members of Parliament and Moers citizens, thanked their colleagues Rüdiger Kruse and Johannes Kahrs for their support, who are both in charge of the Cultural Budget.


Reiner Michalke, Artistic Director of Moers Festival, commented: "That really is wonderful news. I feel as if we had won the Nobel prize of music. This decision goes to show that the festival is held in high regard, both nationally and internationally. It bears witness to the respect the parliament in Berlin has for the city of Moers. The city of Moers has hung on to this festival in good times, and bad times. Now it is reaping the benefits of years of commitment. This is an incentive for me and my team to make the festival better still!"

 

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