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Saint Ghetto 2020 must be cancelled.
Unfortunately we also have to say goodbye to our annual music festival this year. By order of the authorities, Dampfzentrale remains closed until November 23rd, as do all the theaters, concert halls and clubs.
At the end of September we were able to announce an internationally diversified program with musical acts from England, China, Norway, Colombia, Germany and the USA. However, the musicians from other continents all live in neighboring countries of Switzerland, so the possibility that they would be able to travel to Switzerland in November seemed to be quite real for a long time. The increasing number of infections and finally the regulation by the authorities unfortunately prevent us from showing this diverse program in Berne.

The work of Phill Niblock (*1933) changes our habitual perception and allows us to forget time. The focus on the smallest changes in frequency at a very high volume over a longer period alters the listener’s linear perception of the relationship to time. This is also contributed to by the spatial dimension of the music, which envelops it as an «environment».
Niblock processes elongated notes or chords, mostly of individual instruments, on 24 tracks, creating an acoustic floating state in which everything always seems to be in the same place yet always in motion. Further, he will be presenting film works in the Grosse Halle of the Reitschule. Most of them are recordings from his extensive cycle «The Movements Of People Working», which has been growing constantly since the 1960s and shows people around the globe going about their daily work. These recordings should neither illustrate the music nor semantically interact with it. Film and music thus enter into a unique free dialogue.
Guest musicians from Italy, France and Switzerland add a further dimension to this musical adventure.
This event is a cooperation between the Zoom-In Festival and the Saint Ghetto Festival.

The wearing of hygiene masks is obligatory in all indoor areas. The contact details of all visitors are recorded using the BuCK Corona Tool.


Phill Niblock (US), Komposition
Shifter Ensemble (IT), E-Gitarren
Christian Kobi (CH), Saxophon
Deborah Walker (IT), Cello
Konus Quartett (CH), Saxophone
Dafne Vicente-Sandoval (F), Fagott

Zoom-In dankt:

Stadt Bern, Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Migros Aare, Stanley Thomas Johnson Stiftung, HMSL, Bürgi Willert Stiftung, Stiftung GVB

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