EDITION WANDELWEISER RECORDS
> Burkhard Schlothauer > Manfred Werder > Carlo Inderhees
Shim . Schlothauer . Werder . Inderhees
Q-O2 plays Wandelweiser
Kunsu Shim, Burkhard Schlothauer, Manfred Werder, Carlo Inderhees
"The music of Wandelweiser is avant-garde. It is, in the truest sense
of the word, experimental: without a predictable outcome. It involves
the integration of silence, which, since it hardly ever actually occurs
in a concert situation, cannot not be controlled by the composer.
Wandelweiser music does not tell the listener what he should hear or
feel. The music is practically naked, the structure quite easy to hear:
there is no attempt to disguise it.
A piece is often no more than a frame for that which cannot be planned
- for silence. Traditionally it is silence which is a frame for tone:
here the negative has turned positive.
The performance space and the listener have an unusually strong influence on the reception and creation of the piece.
Wandelweiser is not only a kind of music, it is also an idea.
The player‘s experience is exceptionally physical. Because of the
sparseness of the sounds, every aspect of the production, timing and
structure of each tone is given a significance. The musician requires
complete equilibrium, the highest concentration and a nearly
philosophical understanding of the background, structure, vision and
The music of Wandelweiser is radical and usually has very little in
common with conventional new music repertoire or concert situations. It
does not allow compromise. Therefore it is quite important for the
performer to communicate a kind of security to the listener so that he
can get involved in the piece.
For several years this music has been a unifying thread in our
programs. If the differences between one piece and another seem small,
continuous involvement with them proves to be reinforcement rather than
(Julia Eckhardt, Artistic Director of Ensemble Q-O2, Brussels, in the CD booklet.)