To mark the 40th anniversary of the annual Moers Festival on the Lower Rhine, artistic director Reiner Michalke has selected the musician and composer Ornette Coleman to be the festival’s “Artist in Residence” in 2011. For many years, festival directors have invited renowned artists of New Improvised Music to Moers – especially representatives of the leading scenes in Chicago, New York, Tokyo and London. In addition to outstanding ensembles, the festival has always presented solo artists who have played a crucial role in shaping the development of improvised music. This also applies to the 80-year-old Ornette Coleman who is one of the most influential living musicians of New Improvised Music today. Coleman performed with his current ensemble. The organizers hoped that their Artist-in-Residence project would generate a significant artistic impulse and more international interest in the festival.

Artistic director: Reiner Michalke
Artists: Ornette Coleman and others

Venue and schedule:
Moers Festival 2011, festival tent, 12 June 2011

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