Wednesday, January 23, 2008


// Date: 25.1.2008 // Time: 20.30h // Venue: Volksbuehne Theatre // Tickets: 14/18 EUR // CTM-Festival-Tickets and Accreditations are not valid for this concert

The 9th edition of CTM will open with a concert by major contemporary composer, Pierre Henry, whose work has had a crucial influence on the development of electronic music.

This extraordinary concert marks a further milestone in the long lasting cooperation between CTM and Volksbühne. On 25th January 2008 the French composer, now 80 years old, will return to Berlin for the first time in 10 years to present his latest composition, Pulsation (1h 12min), as part of an elaborate electro-acoustic installation. The concert will open with Dracula, an older (1h) piece from 2003. Pierre Henry describes the German premiere of Pulsation as a "retrospective with an eye on the future". The work is both a synopsis of all this indefatigably innovative artist has created to date, and his unique, personal vision of future music.

Born in 1927, Pierre Henry ranks amongst the most influential inspirations for electronic music. He studied at the Conservatoire National de Musique in Paris under Olivier Messiaen, Nadia Boulanger and Felix Passerone. In 1949 he met Pierre Schaeffer, with whom he founded the group, GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales). Using tape-recording techniques that laid the foundations for what we today know as "sampling", they together developed Musique concrète. A highpoint in Henry’s career was the composition La Messe pour le Temps Présent, developed in collaboration with Michel Colombier, from which the Psyché Rock track unexpectedly assured him a worldwide chart success, ultimately known to millions in the 90s as the theme tune of Matt Groening’s TV series, Futurama.

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