Alpenglow 7 is one of the peak international events this year in contemporary improvised music that brings together the leading Austrian-Styrian and Slovenian musicians. At the two-day meeting in experimental spirit, 19 Austrian performers will be presented together with 13 Slovenian performers with whom in the past they have never shared the stage before. The purpose of the curatorial team is to offer the audience unpredictable and, at the same time, top achievements of the joint work of ten newly formed ensembles.

The performers are distinctly recognizable not only exclusively in the free-improvisational, jazz, or broader experimental scene, but many are also recognized in new and chamber music.

The initiators of the international exchange are musicians and leading representatives of the Graz association V:NM (Verein zur Förderung und Verbreitung Neuer Musik) Josef Klammer and Elisabeth Harnik. The meeting will take place as part of the FriForma concert series, which will provide conditions for the realization of creative potentials, career opportunities, and the flow of ideas between domestic and Austrian performers.

The cooperation will take place in two steps. The first step is the guest appearance of the 13. V:NM festival in Graz between 18 and 21 August 2021. The festival will be attended by 13 Slovenian improvisers who will performe live together in formations with 24 Austrian musicians. During the festival, a sound installation entitled Interference, which is the work of intermedia artist Nika Erjavec, will also be on display. The ensembles were composed of a curatorial team: Josef Klammmer, Elisabeth Harnik, Nataša Serec and László Juhász. The return “friendly match” – Alpenglow 7 will take place in Ljubljana, at ŠKUC Gallery and Klub Gromka on 26 August 2021; and at Cankarjev dom on 27 August 2021.

26 August 2021, Thursday

ŠKUC Gallery, 19.00-20.30

Tea Vidmar: voice
Annette Giesriegl: voice
Ana Kravanja: voice, violin
Josef Klammer: percussion, artificial voices

Nick Acorne: electronics, joysticks
Borut Savski: electronics, custom-built instruments
Seppo Gründler: guitar, electronics

Klub Gromka, 21.00-23.00

Tanja Feichtmair: alto saxophone
Cene Resnik: tenor saxophone
Urban Kušar: drums

Robert Lepenik: guitar, electronics
Samo Kutin: hurdy-gurdy
Jaka Berger: drums, electronics
Patrick Wurzwallner: drums

27 August 2021, Friday

Cankarjev dom, 18.30-20.30

Tilen Lebar: alto saxophone
Se-Lien Chuang: piano, voice
Andreas Weixler: guitar, electronics

Yvonne Hofmeister: voice
Valentina Štrucelj: clarinet
Maria Flavia Cerrato: piano
Franz Schmuck: percussion

Matej Bunderla: saxophone
Katharina Klement: piano, electronics
Denovaire: esraj

Cankarjev dom, 21.00-23.00

Alfred Lang: trumpet
Kaja Draksler: piano
Reinhard Ziegerhofer: double bass

Elisabeth Harnik: piano
Matjaž Bajc: double bass
Zlatko Kaučič: percussion

Christoph Wundrak: trumpet, euphonium
Cene Resnik: tenor saxophone
Armin Pokorn: guitar

Otganized by KUD Mreža/FriForma Ljubljana and V:NM Graz
Graphic design: Luka Cimolini

Supported by Ministry of Culture – Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, Austrian Cultural Forum Ljubljana, SKICA – Slovenian Cultural-Information Center Austria, Land Steiermark, Federal Ministry of Austria Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport, KiG! and others…