ECOEIN, photo: Gilmar Gonzales

Memories in Music Naturvölker


Performance Tony Buck: Unearth (2021, world premiere, ca. 30 min), with Tony Buck

Performance Carlos Gutiérrez: Naturvölker (2019/20, world premiere, ca. 15 min), with Sharon Mercado , Jorge Villaseca, Sabine Vogel, Ute Wassermann

Film production Carlos Gutiérrez: Naturvölker (2019/20, world premiere, ca. 30 min)


Tony Buck: Unearth, Solo with percussion, guitar, objects, video

(New version with live performance for the outdoor area of the Akademie der Künste, 2021)

With Tony Buck

In a live multi-disciplinary cross-fade of experiential worlds, involving mechanical instruments, costumes, video images evoking nature, drums, guitar, movement and mise en scène, drummer Tony Buck creates a scenario in Unearth in which he ritually brings together excavations of his practice as an artist.


Carlos Gutiérrez: Naturvölker (2019/20, world premiere) for indigenous instruments, video, dance, voice and flutes

Realised as film production and live performance

Carlos Gutiérrez: musical director
With chamber ensemble Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos (OEIN; Carlos Gutiérrez, Andrea Alvarez, Tatiana López, Romina Quisbert) and, Ute Wassermann, voice, bird flutes; Sabine Vogel, flutes

Video and sound: Gilmar Gonzales, Mauricio Quiroga, Carlos Gutiérrez

Live performance of Naturvölker by Carlos Gutiérrez with Ute Wassermann, voice, bird flutes; Sabine Vogel, flutes; Jorge Villaseca, indigenous instruments; Sharon Mercado, dance; Miguel Hilari, hand camera, film

Commission by Akademie der Künste, Berlin

In cooperation with the Berlin artists’ programme of the DAAD and the Goethe-Institut in La Paz

Using four themes – creation myths, invasion/migration, technology and incarnation – Bolivian composer Carlos Gutiérrez explores the relationship between so-called civilised and primitive societies in sound, text and movement, and fundamentally challenges the notion of the supposedly prevalent separation of nature and culture among the colonisers as opposed to indigenous societies.

„The work is made up of four thematic parts, each of which explores, based on relationships of image, text and sound, different forms of tensions and influences between the so-called civilized and primitive societies:

“Interpreting what a people thinks of a certain ‘thing’ implies a previous category of ‘thing’ already being given. Thus, it is necessary to take a step back to ask what things are. Viveiros de Castro, for example, postulates, instead of a ‘multiculturalism’, a ‘multinaturalism’. The first involves the idea that nature is one and what varies are the cultural perspectives of people. It is possible, however, to reverse the question: Can there be many natures? [Philippe] Descola, another of the relevant authors of this trend (Ontological Turn), speaks of various ontologies (naturalism, totemism, animism, analogism), each of which raises different continuities and discontinuities between the physical world and interiority. Thus, for example, the naturalism of modern European societies marks a strong discontinuity between these two fields from the beginning, a rift that simultaneously entails a hierarchical distinction between nature and culture.” (Carlos Gutiérrez)

First broadcast of the film production Naturvölker by Carlos Gutierrez, with ECOEIN, Ute Wassermann, Sabine Vogel

Live-Performance in the outdoor area of the Akademie der Künste by Tony Buck and Naturvölker by Carlos Gutierrez with Sharon Mercado, Jorge Villaseca, Sabine Vogel, Ute Wassermann

Live stream from 9 May 2021 on YouTube and Facebook

Further information

Memories in Music