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Twenty-five Years of Wien Modern

Twenty-five Years of Wien Modern

Austria’s largest contemporary music festival is entering its 25th season, a landmark that should certainly be celebrated. The nearly month-long festival features concerts, kids’ shows, talks, workshops, exhibits, film and dance. Visitors will not only carouse with some of the newest sounds out there, but also take in some well-deserved glances at Vienna’s avant-garde legacy: […]

Wien Modern Festival: ‘Classical’ Hardcore

Wien Modern Festival: ‘Classical’ Hardcore

If you need some contemporary music, you can go down to Flex on the Vienna Canal any day and get a thumping dose. Drum and bass, jungle, trance, house, electro. My surrogate daughter recently introduced me to dubstep. It’s dark and slow, with an awesome bass. But, I must admit, after a few minutes, it’s […]

‘Here and Now’: Wien Modern

Modern music is not composed for dancing or consumption in a “feel good” fashion but is to be perceived in a concentrated and contemplative manner, has said young Austrian composer Johannes Maria Staud, born in Innsbruck in 1974. And whether yea or nay, there will be plenty of chances to hear new music in contemplative […]

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