Performance of Art Ensemble of Chicago, Bergamo, 1974
Photography by Roberto Masotti.
Courtesy of Haus der Kunst, Munich

“ECM” Concert series
at Haus der Kunst, Munich

December 22 2012
3:05 PM

“Music is using sound to organize emotions in time,” Manfred Eicher states in an interview within Issue 26 of mono.kultur. In 1969, Eicher founded the ECM (Edition of Contemporary Music), one of the first record labels in Europe to be headed by musicians, and a byword for a sustained experimentalism at the frontiers of jazz and contemporary music. In just over 40 years, ECM has released more than 1,000 records — including seminal works such as Keith Jarrett’s The Köln Concert, Pat Metheny Group’s Offramp, John Adams’ Harmonium, Steve Reich’s Tehillim and Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa — all acclaimed for a crystal-clear recording and for an atmos- pheric and minimal packaging. On show at Munich’s Haus der Kunst until February 10, 2013 is “ECM — A Cultural Archaeology,” a collection of visual, archival and recorded material celebrating the exploration of sound (and imagery) undertaken by ECM since 1969. The exhibition is rich in music, graphics, photography and even film (ECM has released soundtracks for films by the likes of Jean-Luc Godard and Theodoros Angelopolous), but the concerts series accompanying the display is not to be missed: among others, Meredith Monk, Thomas and Patrick Demenga, András Schiff, Gidon Kremer, Stefano Battaglia Trio, Tomasz Stanko NY Quartet and Jan Garbarek & the Hilliard Ensemble will perform in the mag- nificent halls of the Haus der Kunst. (Michele D’Aurizio)