Saturday, October 29, 2022, Christ Church


Concerts in sacred buildings have a special charm: There is a sublime silence there in which the music can claim space and gain a greater aura. Nik Bärtsch is one of the important artists who has been shaping the Enjoy Jazz Festival for years. His various performances - solo, with Ronin or Mobile - have repeatedly shown how much music is linked to spiritual experiences. His latest project takes him to the Christuskirche Mannheim, where an acoustic sound ring ritual awaits us: Nik Bärtsch's Mobile: Sounding Church Circles promises a five-hour sound and space experience in which the audience is also part of a "ring." Bärtsch calls the evening's prelude "Sounding Dusk-Drift" - the audience can move quietly through the nave (from 7 to 9:30 p.m.). At 9:30 p.m., the actual, "focused" concert begins. And between 10:30 and midnight, the evening will conclude with the "Sounding Midnight-Drift". In addition to the main stage near the altar, where the protagonists Nik Bärtsch, Nicolas Stocker and Sha will be heard on the grand piano, percussion instruments, bass clarinet and saxophone, there will be four other sound stations in the church space - organs, kettle drums, tubular bells, tam-tam. "Ecstasy through asceticism" - this is how Nik Bärtsch once characterized his work. He is concerned with penetrating undreamed-of depths in reduction, in repetition - it is a matter of contemplation. In music, as in Zen meditation, it is important to be fully present in the moment, Bärtsch once told Swiss radio. "The repetitive work allows me to be extremely attentive and careful. In that state, you perceive incredible subtleties. Stillness and repetition are a belief in the potential that can develop from the simplest things. By reducing to the essential, I can let things speak for themselves." The ring, the circular movement that the concert in the Christuskirche performs with the help of the audience, should come very close to this ideal.

The Artist in Residence program at the Enjoy Jazz Festival is sponsored by NEUSTART KULTUR/BKM and Initiative Musik.


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At a glance

Start: Saturday, 29 October 2022, 19:00

Admission: 18:00

Location: Christuskirche, Werderplatz 17, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, 68161, Germany

Seating: se ated

Tickets: 37,30 EUR

Box office: 40,00 EUR

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Nik Bärtsch : p, perc
Nicolas Stocker : dr, perc
Sha : bcl, altsax, perc
Daniel Eaton : light design


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