Music with history and the present

Under the direction of Martin Haselböck, the KIRCH’KLANG Festival (Church Sounds Festival) fills the venerable spaces of the Salzkammergut region with innovative content, familiar and brand-new sounds as well as unusual formats.

(Original title: Kirch.Klang.Raum)

Subject to change
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Benjamin Schmid, Jarkko Riihimäki, Christian Wendt, finalists of the international improvisation competition “Orgel bewegt!” (Hendrik Burkard, David Kiefer, Bernhard Hauk), Thierry Escaich, Jeremy Joseph, Vienna Academy Brass, Eivind Berg, Orchester Wiener Akademie, ORGANic WOODWINDs (Johannes Ebenbauer, Susanne Ebenbauer, Georg Gratzer)(artists)
Martin Haselböck (concept, project manager)

A cooperation of European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 and KIRCH’KLANG Festival and Brucknerhaus Linz.

Christian Haselmayr (Head of Programme Music, Youth, Community Building)

May to September 2024

About the project

Together with the 2024 European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut, the new programming format Kirch.Klang.Raum opens itself up to free spaces of improvisation: new perspectives on sound will be opened in Ausseerland with the star violinist Benjamin Schmid and his reflections about Johann Sebastian Bach. The season will also come to a close there with an open improvisation workshop and a concert.

In Bad Ischl, the newly restored Bruckner organ in the parish church will become the center and highlight of the programming: not only the Bruckner anniversary will be celebrated in an unusual harmony on this impressive instrument; the call for the first Orgel bewegt! (Organ Moves!) will also be given. Over the course of a three-day furious finale to an international competition, renowned jury members (Jeremy Joseph and Thierry Escaich) will improvise with old silent film classics just like the young finalists.