Klangzeit Festival 2020

IKLECTIK [off-site] and Klanghaus Sound Art Centre present,

Klangzeit Festival 2020
4 days of experimental improvised music and sound art

Klanghaus Untergreith and IKLECTIK have joined forces to present a multidisciplinary and miscellaneous series of concerts with the participation of international renown musicians and composers.

26 – 29 November 2020 | Free
IKLECTIK Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnu5Y1DjHfaQ9CmY7z42g3w
Day 1: https://youtu.be/g8JIRoZ5sKs
Day 2: https://youtu.be/22RBuRLmTfc
Day 3: https://youtu.be/93wa1lAlpPg
Day 4: https://youtu.be/QDsEl_qVesI
IKLECTIK Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/IKLECTIK
IKLECTIK Twitch channel: https://www.twitch.tv/iklectik

Me, Claudius (UK)
Viv Corringham (UK/USA)
Rhodri Davies (UK)
Matthias Forenbacher (AT)
Paul Jonas Kinnunen (FI)
Y/Liquid (AT) – Peta Kotzberg + Carmen Rosenkranz
Phill Niblock (US)
Katherine Liberovskaya (US)
Barbara Held (US)
Rahel Kraft (AT/ CH)
Samo Kutin (SI)
Tracy Lisk (USA)
Zahra Mani (UK/AT)
MUG Trio (SI)
Arun Natarajan (IN)
Elise Passavant (USA)
Els avn Riel (BE)
Yoni Silver (UK)
Mia Zabelka (AT)
Wolfgang Temmel (AT)
Veronika Gmeindl (AT)
Richard Graf (AT)
Sebastian Leopold (AT)
Lukas MoritzWegscheider (AT)



Day 1 (Thursday 26/11) – 7.30pm (GMT) | 8.30pm (CET)
phonoECHOES competition – finalists performances

Day 1 is dedicated to present the performances of the finalist of the phonoECHOES competition
The audience is kindly invited to vote for the best performance on the 26/11 through a “voting poll link” (coming soon).

Veronika Gmeindl (AT)
Richard Graf (AT)
Sebastian Leopold (AT)
Station Rose (AT)
Lukas Moritz Wegscheider (AT)

Mia Zabelka (Chair – no voting rights)
Rupert Huber (AT)
Johannes Kretz (AT)
Zahra Mani (AT)


Day 2 (Friday 27/11) – 7.30pm (GMT) | 8.30pm (CET)
Zahra Mani + Elise Passavant
Matthias Forenbacher
Rhodri Davies
Wolfgang Temmel
Me, Claudius

Day 3 (Saturday 28/11) – 7.30pm (GMT) | 8.30pm (CET)
Viv Corringham
Tracy Lisk + Mia Zabelka + Els Van Riel
Yoni Silver
Rahel Kraft
Phill Niblock + Katherine Liberovskaya + Barbara Held

Day 4 (Sunday 29/11) – 7.30pm (GMT) | 8.30pm (CET)
MUG Trio
Mia Zabelka + Arun Natarajan + Paul Jonas Kinnunen
Samo Kutin


phonoECHOES finalists

Veronika Gmeindl
born 1988 in Herdecke, Germany. Professionally engaged in theatre pedagogy, freelancing in the cultural sector and as a musician. She is currently active in artistic director of workshops on diverse topics at schools, based on methods of Forum- and improvised theatre. Her artistic ambitions focus on improvisation and experimentation with music/electroacustic music and the written/spoken word, where she seeks to incorporate here experiences into the field of theatre and performance.

Electroacoustic composition for two players/performers (Cello/Voice/Live-electronics) by Veronika Gmeindl. „Du“ („You“), a directed inner monologue. By accident the initial lyrics were printed twice, much like a double exposure, hardly legible. The subjective expression of a struggling individual, who in turn pleads guilty of denunciation. The principle of multiple exposure is mimicked on several levels (structure, soundesign, melodies and improvisation with double bass and cello). All of this leads to an ever repeating and ever evolving game, always open to interpretation.

Richard Graf
Studies in music and music education at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna (graduation Summa cum Laude) and the Berklee College of Music. Lecturer at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles/USA (1995). Since 2018 Dean and Head of Master Studies (faculty music education) at the „JAM MUSIC LAB University”. Founder and artistic director of the MAX BRAND Ensemble. Graf has received several national and international awards and prizes. His work has been published by: UNIVERSAL EDITION, ADVANCE MUSIC, SCHOTT MUSIC, RICH ART Records, IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators), Austrian Broadcasting Cooperation – ORF, Musikerziehung etc. Co-Producer for ECM-Records: Michael Mantler & MAX BRAND Ensemble: “Comment C’est”

for three guitars and live electronics
Richard GRAF – a  composer, guitar player and three guitars plus electronics in interaction to combine compositional, mathematical, tonal and technical parameters. The “Matrix” is a nine-tone-row, which develops to horizontal and vertical musical structures, enriched by live electronics and improvisation He uses three unique guitars which have been built by Roland Hauke: Bariton guitar, Fretless guitar, Standard electric guitar.

Sebastian Leopold
Sebastian Leopold is a musician, instrument maker and engineer based in Vienna. After three years of internationally working as an engineer, he settled down to set up his own workshop where he could focus on building sounding objects and installations. Leopolds fascination for vibrating strings, membranes, blocks and blobs shows in his workpieces, which experiment with the eigenfrequencies of bodies and their manipulation through means of electronics.

The workpiece “drift” is a big self-resonating feedback mirror made from stainless steel driven by an air coupled 4×10″ speaker. The sounds you hear are the intrinsic vibrations of the metal sheet, simply generated by feeding the signals recorded by a contact microphone back to the mirror through the speakers. The reflections caused by the mirror’s vibrations visualise the spatial expansion of the structure-born sound and magnify the moment when the stable oscillation breaks down into chaotic noise. “Drift” explores the boundaries and intersections between control and collapse, dissipation and resonance, reflection and transmission.

STATION ROSE/STR was founded in Vienna, Austria, in 1988 by Gary Danner (sound) and Elisa Rose (art). As one of the first digital groups worldwide, STATION ROSE have used the potential of live audio visual media and the internet for performing in their work. Their Gunafa Clubbings were the first AV- and online-clubprojects worldwide (Frankfurt, 1992). STR are online since 1991 and are regarded as „Pioneers of Digital Culture (Frankfurter Allgemeine). Danner´s career as professional musician/composer spans 4,5  decades, quite often using reliable structures like Beat, Punk, Techno, and Minimal Music. STATION ROSE operates at the interface of digital art, music and pop. Their artistic output is characterized by exploring the boundaries between reality and virtuality, audio and video are organically interwoven by definition.

“WEBCASTING STReaming 2020“
In Frankfurt in 1999, STR developed a new online broadcast format, „Webcasting”, which included animations, live music, live composition and improvisation, talks and performances. It was streamed live from the STATION ROSE Studio, Elisa Rose’s image workstation and Gary Danner’s sound workstation/DAW were broadcast over the internet. In 2020, by the circumstances of quarantine, this unchanged contemporary STReaming format was used again and developed further – from the studio in Vienna.
„For a STReam, I will prepare certain samples, rhythmic parameters and music hardware minimally, compose and arrange live in real time, and treat this composition with digital effects. Music is created LIVE and synaesthetically with the visual art that is created simultaneously.“ Gary Danner

Lukas Moritz Wegscheider
Lukas Moritz Wegscheider is a composer for experimental music, sound- and media artist. In his work he currently deals with time, the ephemeral, the imperishable and what remains. Memories. He treats this subjects with live performances, sound- and video installations and exhibitions. Since 2016 he studies at the university of music and performing arts in Graz. http://lukasmoritzwegscheider.com/

In the room an impression of what has happened is presented, as the first memory, taken up again and sent to the ether. This sonic memory then gets picked up by the radio and confronts the audience once again. A remembered memory. The installation addresses the fact that you cannot simply forget, that you cannot simply make forgotten and that even after forgetting, you will always remember what has been forgotten. From forgotten forgotten – to memorized memory.


Artists bio

Experimental music.
Some Welsh, lives in England.
Hates all her clothes.
The dog, very displayed,
The dog displayed a chance.
A chance birthday, the dog attentive.
We all tasted chance,
You can eat outside.

Yoni Silver (UK) is a multi-instrumentalist (bass clarinet, alto sax, piano, violin, and more), a composer, and arranger, and experienced music/audio editor. He has been a professional musician and sound professional for apx thirty years. He has participated in many experimental music festivals, including as Atonal festival (Berlin), CTM (Berlin), Donaufestival (Krems, Austria), Sacrum Profanum (Kraków), and many others, either as performer or as sound designer/editor for other performers. He has worked with the Israeli Philharmonic and the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, Israeli Contemporary Players, and the Hyperion Ensemble among others.

Viv Corringham (UK/US) is a British singer and sound artist who currently lives in New York. She studied with Pauline Oliveros, has a Masters degree in Sound Art from Middlesex University, London, a degree in Deep Listening from the Deep Listening Foundation and leads deep listening and sounding workshops. Her work includes concerts, so-called “sound walks” or “sound walks”, radio works and multi-channel installations. https://www.facebook.com/viv.corringham

Rhodri Davies (UK), born in England, lives in Swansea, South Wales. He plays the harp, electric harp, live electronics and builds wind, water, ice, dry ice and fire harp sound installations. In 2012 he was a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Grants to Artists Award, since 2016 he has been Chapter Associate Artist, and in 2017 he received the Creative Wales Award.


Matthias Forenbacher (AT) is an Austrian singer/songwriter, guitarist and composer who lived in the USA, Rome/Italy and Canada. Numerous appearances with his band and solo in Europe and North America. Musical interventions in literary and artistic projects. Compositions for theatre plays and film productions. His last album “LE MONDE DIPLOMATIQUE” was released in 2019.

Barbara Held (DE) lives in Barcelona. She is an artist, flutist and composer whose practice as a classically trained musician gives priority to a lifetime of collaboration, of interdisciplinary work in relation to other artists. Known for her subtle exploration of the minutae of sonic material, she creates sensitive, focused sound work that exposes the detail of the physical space of listening in equal part to a keen attention to how we listen as bodies moving through the world.https://www.facebook.com/barbara.held.754

Katherine Liberovskaya (US/CA) is a Canadian video artist and lives in New York and Montreal.  She is known primarily for he experimental video works. Her work is included in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada and Videographe, Montreal. https://www.facebook.com/liberovskaya

Y / Liquid (AT) is enthusiastic about the wave per se. What sounds is interesting, everyday life declared an art. washing machine + drill, live + laptop, e / violin + theremin + keyboard. relevance has a coincidence, now and here, quiet and roaring. + text: watch out for violence against women, nuclear disasters, plastic overdose and auto-aggressive love patterns. among others. and much more. Y / Liquid = Carmen Rosenkranz (e / violin, voice, etc.) + peta klotzberg (voice, text, noises) https://www.facebook.com/Yliquid-102439954575047

Rahel Kraft (CH/AT) is Swiss a musician, performance and sound artist and lives in Vienna/ Austria. She works with organic audio, electronics, text and visual media and creates performances and installations with a focus on the physical experience of sound. Collaborative practises are crucial for her work. Her compositions are broadcasted internationally, including BBC Radio 3, Resonance FM Extra and Radio Bulgaria. Rahel Kraft holds a master degree in Sound Arts from University of Arts London and a master degree in Music from the University of Applied Science and Arts Lucerne. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010526433615

Paul Jonas Kinnunen (FI) describes himself as – “Chronically fueled, with adversities transforming into creative products — a driven individual.” With relentless determination and series of projects within – 2D animation, animation & mixed-media, music, screenwriting and business, Paul is morphing into live-action. The holy quadruple of creativity sparking subjects continues to be – originality, symbolism, philosophy and the unknown. https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-jonas-kinnunen-50914ab2/

Samo Kutin (SI), born in Slovenia, is known for using unconventional instruments that have either disappeared from everyday use or are made of wood, pumpkin, iron, stone, glass and garbage. One of the traditional instruments he uses is a Hungarian medieval musical hurdy-gurdy. He is concerned with the acoustic potential of hurdy-gurdy hurdy-gurdy using various preparations using contact microphones and acoustic resonators such as springs and drums.

Tracy Lisk (US), born in Philadelphia, is a visual artist, curator and percussionist. She is working with dancers and musicians, such as Ryuzo Fukuhara, Andrea Pensado, Mia Zabelka. She has given concerts throughout Europe, America and Asia. https://www.facebook.com/tracy.lisk.31

Zahra Mani (AT / UK), born in London, is a composer and multi-instrumentalist and lives in southern Styria and Istria. From her archive of instrumental and found sounds, she creates soundscapes that question spaces between boundaries, aesthetic and cultural preconceptions. She takes noises out of the field and transforms fragments of natural and mechanical audio material into dynamic acoustic monuments in which voices, instruments, machines, sea, wind and landscapes sound instrumental and her electric bass guitar is transformed into raindrops, motors and pulsating monsoon winds. Zahra Mani plays live and creates installations and radio art. https://www.facebook.com/zahramani

The music of the Trio MUG (SI) is partly narrative, partly film music, partly melancholy; but above all it is atmospheric and able to shape space and open the senses – even those that may be hidden. Marko Brdnik, soloist, chamber musician, studio musician and composer, was also part of the award-winning Zero Hour Quintet. He plays as an accordionist in avant rock bands and works with the jazz singer Tjaša Fabjančič and the percussion ensemble of the Slovenian Philharmonic. Uroš Rakovec is u. a. Part of the internationally renowned Tamara Obrovac Transhistria Ensemble, which stands for Istrian ethnojazz. So far he has composed music for around 40 theater productions and five feature films. Gašper Peršl plays in numerous jazz combos, big bands, symphony orchestras, pop and rock bands. He studied classical music and jazz in Ljubljana. https://www.facebook.com/uros.rakovec.3

Phil Niblock (US) is a New York-based minimalist composer and multi-media musician and director of Experimental Intermedia, a foundation born in the flames of 1968’s barricade-hopping. He has been a maverick presence on the fringes of the avant garde ever since. In the history books Niblock is the forgotten Minimalist. https://www.facebook.com/Experimental-Intermedia-235083261981

Arun Natarajan (IN) is known in India for his work with extreme metal. His latest ventures include an old school death metal project called “Moral Collapse” with Hannes Grossman (ex Necrophagist / Obscura). Arun is also the founder and the lead A&R for subcontinental records. In 2018 he made his first set of electronic tunes and also played in a few festivals as a drum n bass/ambient/noise DJ under the moniker IcosTech, Since then, he has contributed in a ambient / noise / experimental releases named “KAZA” along-side Toshinori Kondo (Veteran Japanese Electric Trumpet player). https://www.facebook.com/arun.natarajan.58

The Norwegian-Danish duo OWL OWL (NO/DK) consisting of Signe Emmeluth & Karl Bjorå, blending the acoustic and the electric, creating a new sound. In a cinematic room in which the sounds seem to be moving around inside your head, an uncertainty about where the sounds are coming from occurs. The freely improvising duo Owl organically blends the acoustic sounds from the alto saxophone with the electric sounds from the electric guitar, contact microphones, and other electronics. Their free play with preparations as well as the sense of space and depth display the duo’s influences by noise, minimalism and free improvisation. https://www.facebook.com/owlnorway

Elise Passavant (US/FR) is a filmmaker, editor, photographer, VJ and video manipulator. Having directed over 200 professional commercials for web cast, and with more than 25 video shorts under her belt, Elise straddles the underground music video/alternative art scene as well as mainstream media, in 2011 her short “Wonder Woman” was awarded the grand prize from Unisep in France for best public service announcement. Her video shorts have been showcased in international film festivals from Europe to Japan including the prestigious German Museums Stadt Regensburg and Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. https://www.facebook.com/Elise.TanKGirL

Els van Riel (BE) lives and works in Brussels. She studied photo- and cinematography, and worked as a photographer, editor and producer for various photo-, film-, video- and theatre productions. Her films, video’s and installations explore the impact of detailed changes in moment, movement, matter, light and perception. https://www.facebook.com/els.vanriel.5

Wolfgang Temmel (AT) studied painting in Graz/AT, long term stays in New York and London. Now living in Wies in the south of Austria. Working as a multi artist using different media as drawing, installation, music, olfactics, painting, photography, sound, time, video. https://www.facebook.com/wolfgang.temmel

Mia Zabelka (AT) brings an exquisite sensitivity to her music, creating an authentic sound that simultaneously honors and breaks the traditional rules of composition. She is an Austrian contemporary violinist, improviser, and composer of intercultural family background. Comprehensively educated in classical music from early age on she opened up the traditional understanding of the violin as solo and ensemble instrument towards improvisation, experimental music and sound art. Mia Zabelka is currently the artistic director of Phonofemme Festival Vienna and Klanghaus Untergreith in the region of South Styria.



The theme of KLANGZEIT Festival 2020 is Human Life / Green Sounds / Artificial Emotion.
‘Green Sounds’ are not just sounds of nature, they are sounds of the natural interaction of humans with the environment and at the same time the design of life (environment). Working with sound is the embodiment of a political demand: reflecting on the self-regulation of nature, listening to the importance of the culture of designing for people. The design of “Green Sounds” means, a way of life of nature as “art (of) living”. As the overcoming of the culture of the rationality of seeing, “auditory culture” means not only the transfer of the nature of hearing to culture, but the merging of nature and culture into “Converged realities” – the virtual and the real overlap, the difference becomes null and void.

About phonoECHOES
In spring 2020, ÖKB (Österreichischer Komponistenbund – Austrian Composers’ Association) and Klanghaus Untergreith announced for the first time ‘phonoECHOES’, a competition for sound art and electronic music. The award ceremony will take place on November 26th.

Klanghaus Untergreith
Klanghaus Untergreith is an international centre for sound art focusing on interdisciplinary, experimental and border-crossing projects spanning visual arts, literature, performance art, media art and music.




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