For many years multi-instrumentalist Ryan Francesconi has worked as a studio and live musician for US new-folk epigone Joanna Newsom and is responsible for the string arrangements on her albums. His current solo album for concert guitars, Parables (Sweet Dreams
), sounds like Nick Drake might if he were Bulgarian. Silence is the new noise!
English autodidact James Blackshaw plays in the tradition of twelve-string guitar and finger-picking style as developed by, among others, Leo Kottke. He has released his paralyzing compositions on Tompkins Square, Important Records and Bo Weavil as well as on Michael Gira’s label, Young God. He’s supported Swans, Stephen O’Malley’s Sunn O))) and others on tour and in 2010, also toured as a member of live band Current 93.
In October 2010, CTM Concerts
and venue .HBC
began a collaboration with the intention of organising predominantly acoustic concerts in an intimate context. .HBC’s old film theatre, with its wood-panelled walls and grand piano, proved to be an ideal environment for this very special concert series. For CTM.11 the project has been, finally, christened Palais Wittgenstein
. The name refers to the magnificent music salon at the family home of Vienna steel magnate, Karl Wittgenstein. The house, which was sadly torn down in the 1950s, was where his sons, philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and pianist Paul Wittgenstein, both grew up.
There is currently a longing for more subtle and engaged attentiveness in listening that is a backlash against what is often deemed to be abstract and non-sensual in the presentation of computer music and the overly simple, bombastic effectiveness of club and pop music. The renaissance of chamber music performance practices can be read as an expression of this longing. This new genre of instrumental music featuring classical composition techniques, the primary use of acoustic instruments and a form of presentation that prioritises intimacy has found its way into the international circuit with the rather inappropriate label 'neo classic'.
The concerts are seated only, in the classical tradition. Due to the limited number of 100 seats, and the expected high demand, we recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Palais Wittgenstein is a self-supporting contribution to the festival program by .HBC and CTM Concerts. Therefore these concert evenings could not be included in the CTM Festival Pass
, CTM/TM Kombi Pass
or any type of accreditation.
Curated by Marc Weiser / CTM Concerts.
› Tickets › 12 € box office / 10 € presale› doors open 19:30