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Splitter Music will take place in Berlin this November

The new festival will showcase contemporary orchestral works and feature artists such as Sven-Åke Johansson

New Berlin festival Splitter Music takes place this November. A showcase of contemporary orchestral music, the event will feature over 80 artists and is based on two themes: large formations and small collectives. “The central focus of the festival program is the Berlin-based Echtzeitmusik-Ensemble Splitter Orchester,” explains the festival website. “In evolving formats and musical contexts, the orchestra performs anew every day of the festival. However, the composer-performers forming the Splitter Orchester are not the only artists on stage”

The 30-person Swiss group Insub Meta Orchestra will open the festival on Thursday evening with composer Sabine Vogel overseeing the collaboration between them and Splitter. Sven-Åke Johansson will work with Titus Engel in the staging of a 22-person ensemble for his symphony of carboard boxes Harding Greens – Symphonie Für Kartonagen (2010). Also happening at the festival, Hanno Leichtmann will DJ in celebration of releases The CD Creative Construction Set™ with George Lewis and Splitter's spilt release with Felix Kubin Shine On You Crazy Diagram. As counter to these large performance, small collectives will include guitarist Margareth Kammerer working with female collective Les Femmes Savantes and performances from two bands, Transmit and The Still. You can check out the full line up on the Splitter website.

Splitter Music will take place at two venues, Wabe and Ballhaus OST between 24 and 27 November.