• Bernhard Gander
  • Melting Pot (2010)
    (for 2 rap-groups, DJ, slam poet, 2 beat boxer, breakdancer and orchestra)

  • Henry Litolff’s Verlag GmbH & Co. KG (World)

With his work "Melting Pot", Bernhard Gander unites two worlds: a large orchestra meets rap, DJ, poetry slam, beatboxing and breakdance. Each genre retains its own sound, but is staged in a new way and given previously unknown freedom. The topics dealt with are of concern to the city - the local soloists express what moves Cologne. Melting pot brings cultures and people together, overcoming borders and roles. © Gürzenich Orchester Köln

  • 3speaker,dancer,2btbxr,electronics + 4.3+ca.2+bcl+cbcl.3+cbn.tsx.barsx/
  • Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Dancer, Beatboxer, Beatboxer, Electronics
  • 51 min
    • 15th June 2024, Carlswerk Victoria, Cologne, Germany
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Programme Note

In “melting pot”, the orchestra betakes itself into an unusual situation, both musically and spatially. The orchestra throws aside its supposedly predetermined role as “great orchestra” instrument.

Together with young artists of the Street Academy, Bernhard Gander forges a new art form as well as a new self-conception. A full orchestra, therefore, as well as DJs, rappers, slam poets, beat-boxers, break-dancers and visual artists. Premiering in a shopping mall, in a 21st century world of images: The orchestra becomes the ghetto-blaster accompanying the tales of the young urban scene (adolescence, friendship, family, dreams, isolation, politics…)

Composer Bernhard Gander connects these differing tonal worlds, writing orchestra music which links the sound of young artists, lending them unfamiliar scope for development and embedding.

Bernhard Gander is a resident of one of Vienna’s liveliest districts, Favoriten, where he experiences the music culture of today’s youth in everyday life.




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