Since 2010 the concert series "Soundtrips NRW" has been dedicated to improvised music.
It explores and presents above all the variety of personal styles and the most diverse playing techniques.
Anyone who goes on one of the up to five Soundtrips each year can experience fascinating worlds of sound, new musical creations and spontaneous encounters with extraordinary music and musicians.
The programme for 2021 will once again bring top-class international guests to NRW. So far, the following acts have been confirmed: From 2 to 11 May, the British jazz and improvisation musician Rhodri Davis will be a guest. In the following Soundtrip from 27.05. to 06.06., Chilean cellist Isidora Edwards and Swedish bassist Nina de Heney will be on an improvisation tour through the relevant venues in NRW.
And the young Swiss women's trio Andrej-Zang-Zimmermann has announced its participation for the period 2 to 12 September.
"Soundtrips NRW" is characterised by a special event concept, which is supported and permanently developed by various partners: Renowned musicians from NRW meet here on international stars, younger talents on established representatives of improvised music. In the first part of each concert, the international guests play their own programme - in the second part they perform together with professionals from NRW and provide the scene with new impulses. The local hosts are also happy to make guest appearances with their colleagues in other cities and thus benefit from additional performance opportunities.
With the support of the NRW KULTURsekretariat, this special format has been continuously developed into a state-wide, highly regarded forum for high-quality concerts. The "Soundtrips" festival in autumn 2019, which celebrated the tenth anniversary of the event series with concerts and discussions in Bonn, Moers, Münster and Wuppertal, has generated a great deal of attention with international impact.
In 2021, various cities will again be participating with their concert organisers: Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Hagen, Cologne, Moers, Münster and Wuppertal.