#throwback: Atlas Eclipticalis im Münchner Stadtmuseum

#throwback: Atlas Eclipticalis in the Munich City Museum

Together with amateur musicians, the JCOM performed John Cage's great improvisational work Atlas Eclipticalis for the performance. The project was accompanied by the photographer Enno Kapitzke.

On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition Munich 72. Fashion, People and Music in the Munich City Museum, professional and amateur musicians were invited to try out together with the JCOM what sounds emerge from the 'Star Atlas Score'. Workshops for different instrument groups were followed by the big concert under the direction of Daniel Grossmann in the inner courtyard of the Munich City Museum.

Atlas Eclipticalis is a work with variable instrumentation that contains large amounts of improvisation: the notes and instructions for musicians are based on a star atlas published in 1958, and in the performances, the given material results in countless sound possibilities. As a participatory project involving the city's community, the concert on July 31st took up the participatory approach of the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Photo: ©Enno Kapitza/Bavarian Academy of Sciences

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