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Fog Horn concert

The Minimal Music Festival in Amsterdam was opened with a spectacular ship's horn concert. An installation consisting of 144 ship's horns moved the audience into a hypnotic sound space under the open sky. The concert started with the four-part work "Da pacem Domine" composed by Arvo Pärt.

performance: World Minimal Music Festival
location: Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
date: apr 2019
compositions: Avro Pärt / Philip Glass / Steve Reich


Schichtwechsel

A special orchestra has brought the end of the coal era to UNESCO world heritage Zollverein in Essen rang in. More than one hundred compressed air horns play on a square kilometers of industrial space and transformed the area into a concert hall. The project was an overall staging of a four-part composition, light and fire.

performance: ExtraSchicht
location: UNESCO world heritage Zollverein, Essen (D)
date: jun 2018

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Ausklang PDF

The "finale" concert was the brilliant closing of the festivities to 300 years Karlsruhe: from the castle futuristic instruments played exactly synchronously with the flames of the pyrotechnicians. Amazingly silent flames produced the fire magic. Their precise control allowed a perfect interaction with the musical course of the composition. Three places of sound played over the distance of 100 meters synchronize together.

performance: KA300 Stadsgeburtstag Karlsruhe
location: Karlsruhe Palace & Park
date: sep 2015

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URHO & Urban Horns

Asounding city, on the land, in the water, and in the air! More than one hundred ship’s horns sounded at the opening of the Helsinki Festival 2013. This spatial composition sounded simultaneously in five locations including Icebreaker Urho, a fleet of hot air balloons and two choirs.

performance: Helsinki Festival
location: harbour of Helsinki
date: 2013

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Magic Square PDF

It is a special set up with 64 horns installed in the middle of a great square. The horns are directing to the four winds, playing with the reverberations of the surrounding buildings, changing them to a sounding sky scraper cathedral. The melodies and rhythms reflecting off the architectural surface, playing compositions with incredibly energetic rhythmical structures, producing an attractive firework of aural textures - the "Magic Square".

performance: Electronic Music Week
location: Concert Hall Shanghai
date: okt 2013

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Schwingungen (=Vibrations)

An hour of music space art. More than 3.000 visitors. Admission free. Three years of planning. Christof Schläger’s art can be considered a form of land art. The ship’s horn, heavy industrial equipment, canal landscape – the project Schläger calls “Schwingungen” (“Vibrations”) is the first systematic artistic manifestation of this form of acoustic-sculptural land art.

performance: RUHR 2010 European Capital of Culture
location: Rhine-Herne-Canal, Herne (D)
date: okt 2010

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Gegen den Strom (=Against the stream)

An original composition performed by 112 ship horns installed on two ships sailing on the Vistula river bend by Wawel Castle, between the D?bnicki and Grunwaldzki bridges. A special choreography for the ships was conceptualized by the dramatic adviser Marjon Smit.

performance: Audi Art Festival
location: river Vistula, Krakau
date: sep 2011

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Retro Hornkonzert

performance: Tage-Alter-Musik, city Herne / WDR3
location: Willi-Pohlmann-Platz, Herne (D)
date: nov 2018
compositions: a.o. Avro Pärt / Vivaldi / Ortiz / Prokofjew


First concert Hornconcert

performance: Klangraum Flensburg
location: harbour of Flensburg
date: okt 2007

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