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Music in the City
Open air pieces for percussion, saxophones and accordions

Hybrid workshop: Musicians will work on-site in Darmstadt, composers remotely (where possible)

Tutors: Christian Dierstein, Françoise Rivalland, Håkon Stene (Percussion), Krassimir Sterev (Accordion), Marcus Weiss (Saxophone), David Helbich and Cathy Milliken (Composition)

Workshop dates: six days tba

Location: Different open-air locations in Darmstadt

Participants: Composers (already chosen from Call for Sketches, registered for composition) & percussionists, saxophonists, accordionists (participants of the percussion, saxophone and accordion studios)


The “Music in the City” project is about developing open-air works for ensemble (2 to 22 performers) in a collaborative way and will bring a great variety of contemporary music and musical performance into the urban space of the city of Darmstadt.

Composers and musicians will work together in order to realize scores or concepts or create site-specific open-air music. In addition to integrating special sonic features of the chosen performance location, the work could also deal with the function or history of that site. The projects can involve a vast range of references, from purely musical scores to traditional open-air rituals to contemporary street theatre.

Available Instruments

Saxophone: Soprano and Alto saxophones up to 10 players; Tenor and Baritone saxophones max. 2 players each
Percussion: limited, portable, lightweight, max. 10 players
Accordion: 4 players

Call for Sketches

We were searching for proposals involving 2-22 players. Suggestions for sonic or compositional ideas, particular set-ups etc. may, in theory, employ any sound producing object of the composer’s choice as long as it is possible to realize within the practical framework of the instrumental studios. For percussion, we encourage composers to opt for small-scale set-ups, and possibly, if employing unconventional instruments, provide instruments or electronic devices for the workshops. You can use any form of musical notation. A theatrical aspect could be included.

Piece/Concept/Score: movable or local sound piece (open-air), instrumental sound installation. Music for saxophone/saxophonists, percussion/percussionists, and accordion/accordionists in public space.

Possible line-up:

1 to 10 saxophones and 1 to 10 percussions and 1 to 4 accordions

(possible line-up: 2 to a maximum of 22 players). Flexible line-ups are possible.

Duration: 1–8 minutes.

The compositions will be rehearsed in Darmstadt by participants of the Darmstadt percussion, saxophone and accordion studios in close collaboration with the composers and the tutors.

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