Since 2010, the concert series Soundtrips NRW has been dedicated to improvised music. In doing so, it primarily explores and presents its diversity of personal styles and the most varied ways of playing. Those who go 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 2021 programme will once again bring top-class international guests to NRW, which only started in June due to the pandemic: from the Netherlands, trombonist Wolter Wierbos and guitarist Jasper Stadhoudes were guests in three live-streamed concerts from 04 to 06 June. After the summer break, the young Swiss ladies' trio Andrej-Zang-Zimmermann will tour NRW from 5 to 11 September. They will be followed by the Danish saxophonist Lotte Anker and the British guitarist Fred Frith from 2 October to 14 October and the Frenchman Jérôme Noetinger with his Revox tape machine from 2 Nov to 10 Nov. The composer Tashi Dorji, who comes from Bhutan and lives in the USA, will embark on the last sound trip of the year from 26 November to 7 December.
Soundtrips NRW is characterized by a special event concept, which is supported and permanently developed by various partners: Renowned musicians from North Rhine-Westphalia meet international greats, young talents meet established representatives of improvised music. In the first part of each concert, the international guests play their own program - in the second, they perform together with professionals from NRW and provide the scene with new impulses. The local hosts are also happy to give guest performances with their colleagues in the other cities and thus benefit from additional performance opportunities.
With the support of the NRW KULTURsekretariat, this special format has been continuously expanded into a state-wide, highly regarded forum for high-quality concerts. Great attention with international impact was generated by the Soundtrips festival in fall 2019, which celebrated the tenth anniversary of the event series with concerts and discussions in Bonn, Moers, Münster, Oberhausen and Wuppertal.
In 2021, various cities will again participate with their concert organizers: Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Düsseldorf, Duisburg, Essen, Hagen, Cologne, Moers, Münster and Wuppertal.