Short Description

Kagel Nacht is a performance event featuring new interpretations of works by the seminal avant-garde composer Mauricio Kagel. Interwoven into a melange of inter-connected and overlapping pieces, this show highlights the most absurd and engaging of Kagel's prolific output. From the disconnected political ramblings of Der Tribune, to the meticulous puppetry/theater of Repetoire, to the squealing and scratching of Acustica, Kagel Nacht connects to listeners in a way rarely found in the classical music world.
Despite being one of the most radical and revolutionary 20th century European avant-garde composers, Mauricio Kagel's music has remained relatively obscure, especially here in the US.  In an attempt to change this, two musicians from New York City have spent the last 3 years researching Kagel's massive body of work, seeking out rare scores, recordings, and videos of his bizarre, often hysterically theatrical compositions.  The result is the performance-event known as Kagel Nacht.  Joining them will be a stacked deck of musicians from Brooklyn's artistic multiverse, performers deeply situated in the theater, performance art, classical, and experimental music worlds.  They will be performing a very diverse selection from Kagel's grand oeuvre, including "classical" works (Music For Rennaissance Instruments), electro-acoustic compositions (Acustica),  absurdist ballet (Kontra->Danse), radio plays (Der Tribun), and some of his most daring and hilarious works of "instrumental theater" (Staatstheater, Con Voce).  

With interpretations ranging from strict to fully recontextualized, Kagel Nacht breaths new life into these important and underperformed works by joining them into one, multi-stage, panoramic, evening-length event that brings a new meaning to “musical theater.”  Review from the first performance of Kagel Nacht described it as “simply impressively spectacular” (DuYun, ICE composer), the “best evening [of new music] in New a long time” (Daria Fain, choreographer), and as “bewunderswerte” (Beth Griffith, vocalist/collaborator of Kagel).

Kagel Nacht is currently touring the North-East, performing for universities as well as underground venues, art spaces, and other communities, giving people access to the world of classical and avant-garde music through the universal appeal of Kagel's profound and absurd compositions.  In order to limit costs and emissions, they are traveling on a school-bus-turn-tour-bus, that runs on waste vegetable oil.

Kagel Nacht will feature the musical and theatrical artistry of:

Tour Schedule

  • 4/21 - Brooklyn, NY - Le Wallet - 1154 Myrtle Ave (near bway)- 9pm, $5
  • 4/22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda - 8pm, $5-10 sliding
  • 4/23 - Baltimore, MD - Soft House - 8pm
  • 4/24 - Baltimore, MD - An Die Musik Live - 7pm, $12/8(students)
  • 4/25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Garfield Artworks - 7pm, $10, w/Antithesis
  • 4/26 - Buffalo, NY - SUNY Buffalo, Slee Hall - 7:30pm, FREE
  • 4/27 - Albany, NY - Grand Street Community Arts - 8pm, $5-10 sliding
  • 4/28 - Northampton, MA - Hampshire College, the Red Barn
  • 4/29 - Purchase, NY - SUNY Purchase, Student Center - 8pm
  • 5/1 - New York, NY - Roulette - 8:30pm, $15/10(students)

Video from Kagel Nacht 2009