Memories in Music

Festival of Contemporary Music

Concerts, Installations, Audio Walks, Symposium
digital & outdoor & indoor
6 – 9 May and 6 – 7 August 2021

"Memories in Music" offers a broad insight into a varied contemporary musical practice that is questioning canons and aesthetic norms and participating in historiography, commemorative culture and social transformation. The participating composers and musicians are members of the Akademie der Künste, protagonists of the Berlin scene and numerous international guests.

The music programme brings together current works (world premieres) with pieces from the 1970s/1980s. On a trail through the many niches of the Akademie der Künste's outdoor space in Hanseatenweg, audio-visual installations and live performances by musicians are being staged. Filmproductions and filmed live performances in the Akademie der Künste's outdoor space in Hanseatenweg will be streamed – bundled into multifaceted concerts – on the Internet on four evenings. The digital symposium "What Does Freedom Sound Like?" opens for a discussion on curating diversity.

Digital Programme

Grafics: NODE



Memories in Music What Does Freedom Sound Like? Curating Diversity, Part 2

Digital Symposium via Zoom on 6 + 7 May 2021, 11 am – 6 pm

Please register until 2 May: here

In English

Cobourg Nets, Research Trip. Photo: Kirsten Reese


Opening Concert

Memories in Music Leichhardt in Australien

Festival opening and live streaming of the concert Leichhardt in Australien with works by Kirsten Reese and Erkki Veltheim and the Ensemble Adapter on the Internet

Live stream from 6 May 2021 on YouTube and Facebook

Maja S.K. Ratkje & Katarina Barruk © Sofie Verstad



Memories in Music Avant Joik

Premiere of the film production Avant Joik by and with Maja S. K. Ratkje, Katarina Barruk, Matti Aikio

Live performances at Akademie der Künste by Annette Schmucki / Ernst Surberg und Tony Buck / Tony Elieh

Live stream from 7 May 2021 on YouTube and Facebook

Três Sóis, Plástica Sonora von Walter Smetak (1969, Replica 2017), Foto: Albrecht Hotz



Memories in Music Brazil – Europe

First broadcast of the film productions Anestesia by Walter Smetak / Marco Scarassatti and Luiz Pretti and Dialoge by Thomas Kessler, with Ensemble Modern and Silvia Ocougne

Live performances in the outdoor area of the Akademie der Künste by Ute Wassermann & Sabine Vogel, Silvia Ocougne and Guilherme Vaz

Live stream from 8 May 2021 on YouTube and Facebook

ECOEIN, photo: Gilmar Gonzales



Memories in Music Naturvölker

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

Still listening II © Annesley Black,



Memories in Music Meet the Artists

With the artists of the festival


9 May 2021, 8 pm

Outdoor Programme

7 May – 7 Aug
Audio Tour

Memories in Music Outdoor Audio Walks

Free download to your own smartphone