19:30 Haus des Rundfunks

Mensch, Musik! #7 – Cities Land (in) Oceans

We talked to Eliad and Natalie. Click here for the interview.

Claude Debussy

“La Mer” – Three symphonic sketches for full orchestra

Krzysztof Penderecki

"Threnos" - To the victims of Hiroshima" for 52 string instruments

Dai Fujikura

"Akiko's Diary" for solo piano (cadenza of "Akiko's Piano" from Piano Concerto No. 4)

Christopher Cerrone

“The Insects Became Magnetic” for orchestra and electronics

Sarah Nemtsov

"Tikkun" for string orchestra with percussion and recording

Natalie Katharina Ilona Szende

“Oceanic Oscillations” for synthesized seascape, symphonic orchestra and human voice

Eliad Wagner

Infinite Coastlines pt. 1 & pt. 2

Roderick Cox


Yu Kosuge


Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin

Natalie Katharina Ilona Szende

Komposition & Synthesizer

Eliad Wagner

Komposition & Synthesizer

Svenja Liesau


Vidina Popov



Text, Concept, Realisation

Exploited, poisoned and covered with bombs. In the interdisciplinary performance “Mensch, Musik! #7 Cities Land (in) Oceans”, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin explores human destructiveness, but also the hope for healing. The focus is on the story of the young Japanese pianist Akiko, who does not survive the atomic bombing in Hiroshima. Her piano, however, is still played today – still with shards of glass in the body due to the atomic blast wave. With six symphonic and electronic works, the RSB traces the destruction of nature and living beings, but also gives hope for a better, healing future.

The RSB is committed to making music not just for its own sake, but explicitly for people, including those who have hitherto had little ear for classical music and symphony orchestras. To this end, the orchestra invites artists who are able to reach our senses beyond hearing with images, texts and optical visions. Together with students, lecturers and alumni from Catalyst, a university institute for creative arts and technology based in Berlin’s Funkhaus, the “tauchgold” directing team brings together creative practices, disciplines, genres and visions from different artistic and cultural backgrounds.

Under the direction of three young conductors, the RSB will consciously step out of the “normal” concert setting to raise pressing questions musically.

Don’t miss it! After the event, an installation by other Catalyst artists awaits you in the foyer of the Haus des Rundfunks:

Sanctuary of Inversions

As you move through the foyer of Haus des Rundfunks, we invite you to listen and meditate on the sounds of nature vs machine.

Using multiple levels of the foyer, the installation explores spatialisation and sound design. Engaging with the dialogue in the room, you will hear field recordings from around the world of both the natural environment and urban environments – including a live feed from Masurenallee. Or take refuge in the sanctuary offered by headphones that transport you between three worlds:

  • Channel 1: Inversions of the foyer’s soundscapes, merged and reversed
  • Channel 2: Sounds from the womb and water
  • Channel 3: Ambient piano compositions ruminating on Akiko’s piano

A waterfall drops into the space, visually reminding us of the message of natural/urban inversion, evolving as the evening progresses.

This group installation is presented by fifteen artists, musicians and producers of Catalyst’s Creative Production Music M.A. All recordings and compositions are original works of the group.

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