Metal and Breath: Zinc and Copper + Robyn Schulkowksy play Christian Wolff

Opening of the Month of Contemporary Music 2023

Christian Wolff bei der Eröffnung
©Stefanie Kulisch

This year's Month of Contemporary Music was a kick off on 1 Sep at Berlin's Kulturraum Zwingli-Kirche with the portrait concert »Metal & Breath« in honour of Christian Wolff. Together with percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, the low brass ensemble ensemble Zinc & Copper interpreted a selection of Wolff's compositions from 1968 through 2007 along with a premiere of a new work that the composer wrote especially for these four musicians. The three members of Zinc & Copper – Elena Kakaliagou (horn), Hilary Jeffery (trombone and trumpet) and Robin Hayward (microtonal tuba and tuning vine) – weaved these five works together with their collective piece »Well Tuned Brass«. With its focus on giving the players creative freedom, this portrait concert was the perfect prelude to the Month of Contemporary Music, an outgrowth of Berlin’s independent scene.

The evening offered the opportunity to talk over drinks with musicians, composers, artists, organisers, audiences, politicians and other players in Berlin's cultural life.

Fri 1 Sep 2023, Kulturraum Zwingli-Kirche
S+U Warschauer Straße, Rudolfstr. 14, 10245 Berlin

19:00: Talk with Christian Wolff, Robyn Schulkowsky, Robin Hayward
Moderation: Katharina Ortmann
20:00: Concert »Metal & Breath« with Zinc & Copper and Robyn Schulkowsky

  • Zinc & Copper: »Well Tuned Brass 2023« Kollektivstück
  • Christian Wolff: »Edges« (1968)
  • Christian Wolff: »Exercise 18« (1975)
  • Christian Wolff: »OUT-TAKE« (2005)
    Christian Wolff: »Percussionist 2«
  • Christian Wolff: »Metal & Breath« (2007)
  • Christian Wolff: »For 3 Brass Players & 1 Percussionist« (UA)*

*The new piece »For 3 Brass Players & 1 Percussionist«, composed especially for this portrait concert to ring in the Month of Contemporary Music, was commissioned by Zinc & Copper with the help of a grant from initiative neue musik e. V.

The complete program of the Month of Contemporary Music is available here.