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WEDNESDAY, APR 19 2017, 04:00 PM - 11:00 PM



Join us on April 19th to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our iconic institution in Midtown Manhattan with an interactive sound exhibition and a rooftop concert by the Talea Ensemble!

On Wednesday, April 19 between 4 and 11 pm, we invite you to experience an interactive sound journey we created in collaboration with Austria's oldest contemporary music festival musikprotokollCurated by Christian Scheib and designed by Fränk Zimmer, the sound exhibition HOMAGES features 15 newly com­posed or arranged recorded pieces by contemporary Austrian musicians, each paying tribute to one particular pivotal artist whose work was influenced by New York.

The 15 commissions are spread throughout the unique architectural structure of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, inviting visitors to explore all public spaces of the building designed by Austrian architect Raimund Abraham in 1992 and completed in 2002. Aided by sensory receivers and LED light boxes, the sound pieces are installed to be experienced privately through audio devices and headphones. Curator Christian Scheib describes Homages as “a quiet display of fireworks” in a city always on full volume; “a kaleidoscope of references emerges, relating as much about the Austrian artists as the artists to whom the reference is dedicated.” Between each installation, soundscapes from NYC and Graz, Austria will be audible, emphasizing the bridge between the two cities.

On the opening night, visitors have the rare opportunity to access the ACFNY’s private rooftop terrace, where the Talea Ensemble with esteemed guest soprano Juliet Fraser performs a six-hour marathon concert. Symbolizing the heart of the Austrian Cultural Forum New York’s mission of continuous cultural exchange, the powerful program features works by influ­ential American composers John Zorn and Steve Reich as well as pieces by two of Austria’s living titans, Olga Neuwirth and Beat Furrer.

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The exhibition can be experienced privately via sensor audio devices and headphones. On April 19, we have timed admittance slots available beginning at 4pm. The last admittance is at 10pm. Each time slot ensures the same experience, including the one-hour concert program which repeats throughout the evening. You will have approximately 45 minutes to experience the sound exhibition with a headset we provide and you may traverse through the building at an individual pace. At the endpoint of the audio exhibition, you will be taken to the rooftop terrace for a live performance by the Talea Ensemble and a glass of wine. To enjoy both the sound exhibition and the concert in full, please plan for a two hour visit.


Limited space per time slot, please register in advance on Eventbrite:



Talea Ensemble with guest soprano Juliet Fraser

Steve Reich: New York Counterpoint (1985)
John Zorn: All Hallows Eve (2012)
Olga Neuwirth: Weariness heals wounds I (2014)
Beat Furrer: Lotofagos (2006)

One-hour set will be repeated throughout the evening.


Homage à Philip Glass by Patrick Pulsinger
Homage à Yoko Ono by Andrea Sodomka
Homage à Morton Feldman by Peter Ablinger
Homage à Charles Mingus by Peter Herbert
Homage à Pauline Oliveros by Mia Zabelka
Homage à John Zorn by Max Nagl
Homage à Cyndie Lauper by Christian Fennesz
Homage à Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five by dieb13
Homage à Maryanne Amacher by Bernd Klug
Homage à Robert Ashley by Bernhard Lang
Homage à Patti Smith by Olga Neuwirth
Homage à David Tudor by Demi Broxa (Agnes Hvizdalek und Jakob Schneidewind)
Homage à Jeanne Lee by Elisabeth Harnik
Homage à Laurie Anderson by Mira Lu Kovacs
Homage à Max Brand by Elisabeth Schimana



Born in 1961, Christian Scheib studied Music and Musicology in Vienna and Berlin. He was New Music Chief Producer at ORF/Radio Ö1 from 1993 to 2007, Head of Music Department at Radio Ö1 (2007–2011) and Head of Radio Symphony Orchestra Vienna (2009–2014). He has been curating the festival ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst since 1995. Scheib was a visiting lecturer at the School of Critical Studies at the California Institute of the Arts (1998), and lecturer for Music Aesthetics at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. He has edited and written several books such as das rauschen, Transfer - Metapher - Übertragung, and In the East - New Music Territories.

Fränk Zimmer, born in Luxemburg in 1972, has lived in Graz since 1994. Since the 1990s he has explored the electric guitar and electronic musical instruments. He studied Telecommunications Engineering at the Lycée des Arts et Métiers in Luxembourg and Musicology at the Universities of Graz and Vienna. Since 2002 he has worked on numerous sound and media installation projects in public space and in art-designated spaces. He also acts as editor of several publications focusing on interweaving media art and applied social research. Zimmer is the producer and co-curator of the ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst.



ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst is Austria’s oldest festival platform for contemporary and experimental music. Functioning as a kind of labora­tory, it invites the audience to embark on an exploratory journey to discover the latest developments and trends in music, with all the artistic risks that this entails. From orchestral music with the ORF Radio Symphonieorchester Wien to chamber music, from live performances to sound installations, musikprotokoll highlights a wide range of intriguingly heterogeneous forms and genres and presents works that are for the most part developed and produced specifically for the festival.

Dedicated to contemporary and experimental music and intermedia activities, the musikprotokoll program features key figures of current artistic trends and has, throughout the festival’s long history, always placed Austrian positions in an inter­national context.

Founded by Emil Breisach in 1968, musikprotokoll is organized annually by ORF (Austrian Broadcasting). It is a coproduction of its two stations, Radio Österreich 1 and Radio Steiermark, which broadcast the presented works in cooperation with the steirischer herbst festival.



The Talea Ensemble has been labeled “...a crucial part of the New York cultural ecosphere” by the New York Times.  Recipi­ent of the 2014 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, the ensemble has given many important world and US premieres of new works by composers including Pierre Boulez, Georges Aperghis, Olga Neuwirth, John Zorn, Unsuk Chin, Brian Ferneyhough, Beat Furrer, and Pierluigi Billone.  Talea has performed at Lincoln Center Festival, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt, Warsaw Autumn, Wien Modern, Contempuls, Newport Jazz Festival, Royaumont (France), and Art Summit Indonesia (Jakarta). Radio broadcasts of performances have been heard on ORF (Austria), HRF (Germany), and WQXR’s Q2. Assuming an ongoing role in supporting and collaborating with student composers, Talea is the 2016-17 Ensem­ble in Residence at Columbia University and has been a guest ensemble at Harvard University, Stanford University, Ithaca College, Cornell University and New York University. Talea has recorded works on Wergo, Living Artists Label, Gravina Musica, Tzadik, Innova, and New World Records.