Week of Surprise | 11.-16.10.2021

One of the great annual Stadtgarten highlights, the Night of Surprise, took place this year, due to corona, not as a long night of experimental music, but as a six-day festival from October 11 - 16, 2021 at Stadtgarten, Klub JAKI, Christuskirche and Galerie Martina Kaiser.

Live pictures for all days can be found here.

At the "Week of Surprise" the audience was in for a week full of musical surprises, aberrations, oases and discoveries. The program of this interim format focused on niches of the European musical landscape in more concert-like formats and projects of some darlings of the last festival editions, local projects and new collaborations.

Included were Peter Evans & Elias Stemeseder, Sofia Jernberg & Alexander Hawkins, Julien Desprez' Abacaxi, Now My Life is Sweet Like Cinnamon, "Occam Ocean - Delta X" by Eliane Radigue (played by Zinc & Copper), Of Cabbages and Kings, the installation "Creating Reality" (Siegfried Koepf & Bernd Härpfer), Fred Frith & Lotte Anker in a meeting with local improvisers, DJ Marcelle, Kampire, Judith Haman "Shaking Studies" / "Music for Cello and Humming" and many more.

concert hall Stadtgarten, Venloer Str. 40, Cologne
JAKI, Venloer Str. 40, Cologne
Christ Church, Dorothee-Sölle-Platz-1, Cologne
Gallery Martina Kaiser, Bismarckstraße 50, Cologne

Artistic direction: Thomas Gläßer
Organizer: Initiative Kölner Jazz Haus e.V. in cooperation with ZAM Zentrum für Aktuelle Musik e.V.
Supported by Musikfonds, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the City of Cologne.
Media partners: Stadtrevue, WDR 3, WDR Cosmo, Wire Magazine.

Photo: Niclas Weber


Monday, October 11, Concert Hall Stadtgarten
Julien Desprez' Abacaxi / Sofia Jernberg & Alex Hawkins
Admission: 10€ / 5€ erm.

Tuesday, October 12, Concert Hall Stadtgarten
Of Cabbages and Kings / Maja Ratkje & Stian Westerhus
Admission: 10€ / 5€ erm.

Wednesday, October 13, Concert Hall Stadtgarten
Soundtrips NRW presents Fred Frith & Lotte Anker
Frith / Anker / Minor / Portugal / Sheridan

Admission: 10€ / 5€ erm.

Thursday, October 14, 8 p.m., concert hall Stadtgarten
Admission: 10€ / 5€ erm.

Friday, October 15, 6.30 p.m., Gallery Martina Kaiser
Peter Evans' Cologne Quartet
Admission: 10€ / 5€ erm.

Friday, October 15, 8 p.m., Christuskirche
Lea Bertucci / Kasper T. Toeplitz "Elemental II" by Eliane Radigue
Admission: 10€ / 5€ erm.

Friday, October 15, 5 - 7.30 p.m., Christuskirche
Bernd Härpfer / Siegfried Koepf
Simultaneous composition Birdsong II + Creating Reality" (2005/2003
free admission

Friday, October 15, 11 p.m., JAKI
Week of Surprise Club Night: Zozo / DJ Marcelle / Gavsborg
Admission: 12€

Saturday, October 16, 4 p.m., Christuskirche
Week of Surprise: Thomas Ankersmit "Perceptual Geography"
Admission 10€/ 5€ erm.

Saturday, October 16, 5 - 7.30 p.m., Christuskirche
Bernd Härpfer/Siegfried Koepf Simultaneous Composition Birdsong II + Creating Reality (2005/2003)
free admission

Saturday, October 16, 6.30 p.m., Gallery Martina Kaiser
Judith Hamann "Shaking Studies" / "Music for Cello and Humming"
Admission: 10€ / 5€ erm.

Saturday, October 16, 8 p.m., concert hall Stadtgarten
Peter Evans & Elias Stemeseder // Lolina // Kemal Dinç & Yadigar Koçer
Admission: 10€ / 5€ erm.

Saturday, October 16, 11 p.m., JAKI
Tom-Tom Club presents Week of Surprise Special feat. Kampire (Nyege-Nyege Collective/DJ Brom & Viola Klein)
AK 5 €

All information is subject to change.

Photo: Sofia Jernberg by Jon Edergren

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