Soundings is a unique platform for contemporary music inititated in 2004 by the Austrian Cultural Forum London. It presents and profiles young composers and artists from Austria and the United Kingdom in workshops, symposia and performance.

Soundings provides composers and musicians with a unique opportunity to get to know each other and each other’s work.

This year Soundings will explore the voice as well as the latest trends in contemporary composition, music performance, and stylistic development in Austria and the UK.

From 17th to 20th April 2007 the Austrian composers Marcel Reuter, Bernhard Gander, Gerald Resch and Joanna Wozny together with their UK counterparts Bryn Harrison, Dobrinka Tabakova, Ed Bennett and Geoff Hannan will work with musicians The Ossian Ensemble, directed by Darren Bloom as well as the acclaimed accordionist, Krassimir Sterev from Klangforum Wien (who will perform Bernhard Gander’s world premiere of fluc’n’flex). Austrian and UK singers, Johanna von der Deken, Clemens Kölbl, Loré Lixenberg and Andy Morton will also take part and will workshop specially composed musical Haikus that will eventually form a Haiku Song Cycle. As in previous years, discussions and interviews will be led by distinguished music critic Annette Morreau and Soundings project manager Andrea Rauter.

In November 2007 Soundings will again collaborate with the the British Music Information Centre (BMIC) in their Cutting Edge Festival. The complete Haiku Song Cycle, some works from the April concerts as well as works from previous Soundings composers will be performed.

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The Austrian Cultural Forum would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for
their help and support: Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs, The British Music Information Centre (BMIC)

Loré Lixenberg, Joe Cutler, Johannes Maria Staud for their support, enthusiasm and advice.

Catering generously sponsored by:
Wiser Catering (Gertrud Wieser, 020 8203 4024 or 07802 407903)