For 25 hours the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ will be changed into an utopic city

ein tag und eine stunde in urbo kune

Klangforum Wien, Netzzeit, Forum Experimentelle Architektur

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How do we want to live as a community in the future? What do we want our cities to look like, how will our communities function, what kind of music will we hear? These questions, and many others, will be explored by the unparallelled Viennese ensemble Klangforum Wien in collaboration with a select group of movers and shakers, when they play their ‘urban opera’ urbo kune. Urbo Kune, which is Esperanto for ‘common city’, is the utopian capital of the United States of Europe. The full title of the performance is ein tag und eine stunde in urbo kune (one day and one hour in urbo kune), which is exactly what the audience is offered: during 25 hours the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ hosts an event during which Urbo Kune is established by means of a mix of concert, conference, film, installation and research laboratory. Audience members can come and go, eat, drink, even stay the night, and are challenged to contribute their ideas about the city and the Europe of the future. Urbo Kune’s soundtrack includes works by Xenakis, Furrer and Donatoni. Composer Rozalie Hirs will write a new work for the occasion. The international speakers include a number of Dutch keynotes: Arnon Grunberg (presenting a new short story), mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan and architect Francine Houben. And, there’s food from all the corners of Europe. So do come and visit us in Urbo Kune!



man op het dak

Manifest / sound installation
Peter Böhm, Jan Tabor

12:12 - Entreehal 
Mats Gustafsson (1964)
Intervention (2015)
naar after Zaha Hadid

12:44 - Foyerdecks en Grote Zaal

Peter Ablinger (*1959)
Die durchscheinende Zeit (2014/15) (ea)
zeit halbieren für akkordeon
weiß/weißlich 31e/
membrane regen für 8 glaszylinder,
wasser und verstärker
Renate Fuczik für klavier und
a+o für harfe und lautsprecher
quartz für glockenspiel und lautsprecher
thinking listening (videoloop)
streichquartett nr. 2 (videoloop)

Grote Zaal Main Hall:
Edgar Honetschläger (1967)
Papiersonate (2015)


13:30 - Grote Zaal 

Eberhard van der Laan over zijn visie op
de toekomstige hoofdstad van Europa

13:55 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Nora Scheidl
Utopia or reality of other places?
The Yanomami of Brazil

14:25 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Rozalie Hirs (1965)
Atlantis ampersand (2015)
wereldpremière world premiere
voor 8 zangers, kamerorkest en elektronische
geluiden for eight singers, chamber
orchestra and electronic sounds
I [collected eyes]
III [immersed, dispersed]
V [passage, passing]
tekst text
Rozalie Hirs
uit from
gestamelde werken work in stuttering:
Amsterdam, Querido, 2012
Geluksbrenger Lucky Charm: Amsterdam,
Querido, 2008
vertaling door translations by
Diego Puls, Donald Gardner, Henri Deluy,
Kim Andringa, Rozalie Hirs
met steun van with support by
Fonds Podiumkunsten

14:50 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Param Vir (1952)
Raga Fields (2014)
three spaces for sarod and ensemble

15:45 - Atrium

Gymnastiek naar Pindaros en Plato
Gymnastics according to Pindaros and
door by Fabiana Pastorini


16:15 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Francine Houben
The Library of Birmingham,
a People’s Palace

16:40 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Orchestre Partout
refugee ensemble)

17:10 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Andreas Schelske
Interface im face-to-face

17:50 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Georges Aperghis (1967)
Situations une convivialité musicale (2013)


19:30 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Gerard Mortier
Europe’s cultural identity
door by Lucas De Man

19:50 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Europa 1: Nachrichten aus der Hauptstadt

20:05 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Arnon Grunberg
Deutschland über alles

20:45 - Grote Zaal Main Hall

Klangforum Wien


22:00 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Kees Tazelaar
Geste électronique:
Xenakis & Philipspaviljoen

22:25 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Torben Østergaard vertelt over het
ontwerp van Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ
Architect Torben Østergaard of 3xNielsen
discusses the design of the Muziekgebouw
aan ’t IJ.

22:45 - door het gebouw throughout the
Rondleidingen door Torben Østergaard
(architect), Maarten van Boven en
Boudewijn Berentsen (directie Muziekgebouw
aan ’t IJ), Jarko Aikens (artistiek
coördinator ten tijde van de bouw)
Guided tours by Torben Østergaard
(architect), Maarten van Boven and
Boudewijn Berentsen (directors
Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ), Jarko Aikens
(artistic coordinator during construction)


23:45 - 08:45 - Grote Zaal Main Hall

Pierluigi Billone (1960)
Sgorgo Y

Morton Feldman (1926-1987)
For Philip Guston (1984)
composities voor tape
compositions for tape
Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970)
Tratto (1966)
Bruno Maderna (1920-1973)
Notturno (1956)
Luciano Berio (1925-2003)
Momenti (1960)
Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970)
Tratto II (1970)
Herbert Eimert (1897-1972)
Klangstudie II (1952)
Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)
Orient Occident (1960)
Morton Subotnick (1933)
Silver Apples of the Moon Part 1 (1967)
Francois Bayle (1932)
Animé (1982; rev. 20112)
Pierre Henry (1927)
Premier Apprentissage (2004)
Justin Bennett (1973)
Ovipool (2003)
Michèle Bokanowski (1943)
TABOU (1983/84)
Wolfgang Mitterer (1958)
Stop Playing 02 (2011)
Bill Laswell (1955)
Transfer Complete
Francisco López (1964)
Untitled #148 (2003)
Giuseppe Ielasi
Stunt_Part 1 and 2
Peder Mannerfelt
Peder Mannerfelt
Technology as Apathy
Uli Fussenegger (1966)
Lubricant PLY (remix of Sgorgo Y) (2014)

05:30 - Terras

Yoga bij zonsopgang at sunrise

07:45 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
James Tenney (1934)
Having never written a note for
Percussion (1971)

07:45 - Restaurant Zouthaven
ontbijt breakfast

08:45 - Atrium
Björn Wilker (1968)
Schlagen (2010)
percussieworkshop percussion workshop

09:45 - Foyerdecks
simultaneously gelijktijdig:
Bent Sørensen (1958)
Looking on darkness (2000)
Franco Donatoni (1927-2000)
Tema (1981)
Gerald Preinfalk, Yaron Deutsch,
Uli Fussenegger, Björn Wilker
Jazz Quartett



10:25 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Christian Felber
Economy for the Common Good

10:45 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Bankieren in de toekomst met Alphons
Kurstjens (Rabobank Amsterdam), Albert
van Zadelhoff (Triodos Bank), Joeri
Oudshoorn (, Arnon
Grunberg (peer-to-peer lending)
o.l.v. Esther van Rijswijk
Future banking with Alphons Kurstjens
(Rabobank Amsterdam), Albert van
Zadelhoff (Triodos Bank), Joeri Oudshoorn
(, Arnon Grunberg (peerto-
peer lending) chaired by Esther van

12:00 - Grote Zaal Main Hall
Beat Furrer (1954)
Xenos-Szenen (2009/10)

12:55 - Entreehal Entrance Hall
Het hoofd leegmaken voor utopisch
Clearing the mind to invite utopian

Manifest / sound installation
Jan Tabor / Peter Böhm


Garderobe wardrobe
Allee des Vorwissens - slide show

Foyerdeck 1
tentoonstelling Kaarten van Europa
exhibition Maps of Europe

Door het gebouw throughout the venue
Tekenaars tekenen hun ideale toekomstige
Artists draw their ideal future cities.

Door het gebouw throughout the venue

Foyerdeck 1
Simultaanschaken Simultaneous chess
14:45 Hans Böhm
19:00 Jan Timman
10:30 Michael Ehn

foto-expositie photo installation
‘making of …’
Alex Pühringer

Grote Zaal Main Hall
Gert Tschuden, Georg Eisnecker
Simultane Impressionen

In het kader van de campagne Red de
fagot hoort u tijdens urbo kune de fagotsolo
Within the context of the campaign Save
the bassoon the following fagot solo will
be performed:
Arnoud Noordegraaf, Red de fagot
solist soloist: Thomas Dulfer

25 stunden in Urbo Kune (1) breed


Europe needs a capital. A unifying metropolis dedicated to science, education, the arts and celebration, a city that is open and accessible to everyone. Where this city will arise and who will live there, what it will look like and how it will smell and sound – these are questions that a day and an hour in urbo kune attempts to explore with the means of music theatre.

a day and an hour in urbo kune is a 25-hour-long project about European identity, urban planning, history, art, politics and architecture. Using music, film, photography, visual art, narrators and gastronomy, the production gives us a look at life in the fictional capital of the United States of Europe. There’s no getting around the fact that a United States of Europe is a must, declares the very first sentence of the manifesto drawn up by the makers of this project, and its realisation should start with the capital: Urbo Kune. In order for people to identify with the ‘spiritual and intellectual space’ that the United States of Europe represents, the European Community first of all needs to have a spiritual and intellectual centre. Urbo Kune means ‘common city’ in Esperanto, the language conceived for the purpose of uniting all peoples. This city is an ideal, of course – but as a teaser for the future, it will become a reality in the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ in a 25-hour-long time travel journey to 4 July 2025.

Urban opera urbo kune is a joint project by the music theatre company netzzeit and experimental architecture forum (f.e.a.). The project was initiated by the Czech-Austrian architectural theorist Jan Tabor (b. 1944), greatly inspired by the work of the Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid (b. 1950). Within the framework of this opera, Zaha Hadid´s designs will provide the basis for improvisations developed by Swedish free-jazz saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (b.1964) in collaboration with musicians of the Klangforum Wien. Prior to this project, Zaha Hadid was a guest at the Holland Festival in 2010, when she designed a special ribbon-shaped pavilion for performances of Bach´s solo works. a day an an hour in urbo kune is an ongoing programme which the audience can walk in and out of, in order to get a bite to eat or catch some sleep.

The founding of the city Urbo Kune, which goes on from December 2013 to May 2015, is a musical process. As the spiritual and intellectual centre of a continent, Urbo Kune will be built from a single, unique material: music. Or, to be more precise, the music of our times. The urban design functions as a score; through the process of mixture, amalgamation and interpretation, sound will solidify to become a city.

How does this work in practice? An outstanding example is urbo kune: Konstellation no. 4, realized on 6 September 2014 at the Library & Learning Center of the Vienna University of Economics and Business. Zaha Hadid designed a library for this university, which has not yet been built. Part of that programme was a musical interpretation of her designs for the building by saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, together with members of Klangforum Wien; the musicians used the graphic work as a score and erected the library as a piece of music – certainly a very unusual premiere.

In the run-up to the completed 25-hour-long opera, the project is taking shape in a variety of such ‘constellations’, in which the mainstays of the plan are separately investigated. The Konstellations are symposium-like music theatre performances, but at the same time also research sessions that are open to the public – since the European capital belongs to all of us, we should design it collectively. Some of the themes keep coming back, others are one-off excursions into architecture and urban history, music theory, visual art and the performing arts, urban development, European research, performance art or literature. Together these different research productions comprise the large-scale, 25 hour-long music theatre piece. The complete work will have its world premiere in May 2015 in Cologne and be presented at the Holland Festival on 6 and 7 June 2015, as the event takes longer than one day. In addition to the programme developed in Austria and Germany, in Amsterdam there will be contributions by Arnon Grunberg and Francine Houben, among others.

Urbo Kune (19-12-2013)-1 half breed Urbo Kune (06.09.2014)-6 half breed


In 1985, the composer and conductor Beat Furrer formed the ensemble Société de l’Art Acoustique, later renamed as Klangforum Wien. Led by Sylvain Cambreling since 1997, this Austrian ensemble for contemporary music has a core group of 24 musicians from 10 different countries, all of whom have a say in important artistic decisions. Klangforum Wien has received various awards and performs on large stages in Europe, America and Japan as well as at festivals. Throughout the years, the group has formed close ties with various composers, conductors and soloists. Its repertoire varies from classic modern pieces to works by promising young composers, experimental jazz and free improvisation – the musicians have premiered some 500 new compositions. The ensemble offers a forum for the authentic performance of modern music and encourages intensive discussion on different aspects of contemporary composing. Since 2009, the company has been affiliated with the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz as a ‘teacher’. Klangforum Wien has collaborated on recordings for various labels and can boast a discography of some 70 CDs. The ensemble was in the Holland Festival in 2007 with Fama, a ‘listening theatre’ piece.


netzzeit is a workshop for developing contemporary music theatre in its broadest sense. Collaborating with both Austrian art initiatives and those outside of Austria, it sets up interdisciplinary projects intersecting the arts, science and politics. The name netzzeit (meaning net time) was chosen to express a fascination with people who use the internet to its fullest potential in order to realise their interdisciplinary projects. Headed up by artistic directors Nora and Michael Scheidl, netzzeit is a non-profit organisation. It has been sponsored by the city of Vienna's cultural department for the last 28 years to produce theatre which is either not possible within the conventional theatre set-up or is not being produced for other reasons. Since 2000 netzzeit has been increasingly successful in developing its projects in collaboration with Austrian as well as international partners. In 2004 and 2005 netzzeit bundled all their activities in Vienna into a festival for new music theatre entitled Out of Control, which has been held bi-annually since 2005.


The forum experimentelle architektur (f.e.a.) is an independent initiative for architectural trends in Austria and its neighboring countries. The range of activities covers publications, symposia and excursions to installations in public spaces and exhibitions in established institutions. Particularly important for f.e.a. is to look at the architecture and the visual arts in the context of other specialist areas.


forum experimentelle architektur
Roland Quitt
music dramaturgy
Uli Fussenegger
set, direction
Nora & Michael Scheidl
sound design
Peter Böhm
Florian Bogner
Markus Urban
Norbert Joachim
Enno Poppe
Peter Ablinger/Edgar Honetschläger
Georges Aperghis
Pierluigi Billone
Franco Donatoni
Beat Furrer
Mats Gustafsson
Rozalie Hirs
James Tenney
Param Vir
Klangforum Wien
Björn Wilker
Iannis Xenakis
Soumik Datta Sarod
Sophie Schafleitner
Annette Bik
Gunde Jäch-Micko
Dimitrios Polisoidis
Ulrich Mertin
Benedikt Leitner
Andreas Lindenbaum
Ulrich Fussenegger
Virginie Tarrete
Vocalensemble NOVA Chor
Ursula Langmayr
Mats Gustafsson
Björn Wilker
Alexander Lipowski
Krassimir Sterev
electric guitar
Yaron Deutsch
Eva Furrer
Rebecca Lenton
oboe, English horn
Markus Deuter
clarinet, bass clarinet
Olivier Vivares
Horia Dumitrache
bassoon, contraforte
Lorelei Dowling
Christoph Walder
Anders Nyqvist
Andreas Eberle
piano, keyboards
Joonas Ahonen
Florian Müller

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