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In 2009 the Ars Acustica (AA) group is joining the international Art's Birthday Parties already for the 5th time. This year the Ars Acustica is celebrating Art’s Birthday on January 16th - the evening before the birthday. Radio artists are involved by the members of the group to focus on the saying “Safe and Sound”. In a rapidly changing and increasingly unforeseeable world, safety has become a major concern on many levels of public and private life. The double meaning of the word sound as acoustic phenomenon and as synonym for good health points to the role of the aural sense and the voice as crucial devices of human self-perception.

The Ars Acustica Group has joined the international Art’s Birthday parties in 2004. Since then it organizes the contributed contents like most of the participants of the Art’s Birthday Network ( do - as "presents" for ART. Via ISDN-lines and/or the Internet the contributions are collected at two points, in Vienna (ORF) and Stockholm (SR), where they are sent to the two EBU satellite channels Ravel (R) and Verdi (V). Both satellite channels (R and V) offer “ready-to-broadcast” materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications. Both channels can also be further mixed or remixed with other live-material.

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Schedule Channel RAVEL

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:20 ORF Kunstradio, Vienna - Live from Hainburg 
19:20 – 19:40 SK/SR, Bratislava - Live from Hainburg (Austria) 
19:40 – 20:00 CZCR - Live from Prague (Czech Republic) 
20:00 – 20:20 RTVSLO - Live from Ljubljana (Slovenia) 
20:20 – 20:40 RNE - Live from Madrid (Spain) 
20:40 – 21:00 Ward Weis - Live from Antwerp (Belgium)Website   
21:00 – 21:20 RTS - Live from Belgrade (Serbia) 
21:20 – 21:40 VPRO - Live from Hilversum (The Netherlands)Website   
21:40 – 22:00 Radio Tilos, Budapest - Live from Hainburg (Austria)Website   
22:00 – 22:20 VPRO - Live from Hilversum (The Netherlands)Website   
22:20 – 22:40 RTP - Live from Lisbon (Portugal) 
22:40 – 23:00 RTR - Live from Moscow (Russia)Website   

Schedule Channel VERDI

Live Stream

19:05 – 19:10 - SR - Live from Stockholm (Sweden)Website   
19:10 – 19:30 - YLE - Live from Helsinki (Finland) 
19:30 – 19:50 - YLE - Live from Helsinki (Finland) 
19:50 – 20:10 - ERR - Live from Tallinn (Estonia)Website   
20:10 – 20:30 - GRF/SRF - Live from Paris (France) 
20:30 – 20:50 - PRT/PR- Live from Warsaw (Poland) 
20:50 – 21:10 - CR - Live from Prague (Czech Republic) 
21:10 – 21:30 - DKU - Live from Berlin (Germany)Website   
21:30 – 21:50 - RSR - Live from Lausanne (Switzerland) 

21:50 – 22:10 - SWR - Live from Baden-Baden (Germany)

SWR2 ars acustica, ZKM Karlsruhe (Centre for arts and media) and HfG Karlsruhe (University of Arts and Design) are celebrating ART'S BIRTHDAY 2009 live from ZKM.

Live audio- and video stream:

Stefano Giannotti concept, composition, sampling, electric guitar, banjo, etc.
Agata Zubel voice
Frank Thomé percussion
Rie Watanabe percussion
NN live-electronics

Presented by Andreas Hagelüken
Executive Producer: Frank Halbig -


SHELTERS AND TRAPS (by Stefano Giannotti)

I always wonder what does “being safe” mean. I’m thinking of the beautiful sequence in Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Det Sjunde Inseglet (1956) where one of the protagonists has climbed up a tree and is happy because he has been able to escape pestilences, soldiers, any kind of evil, and just in that moment he realizes that the Death is cutting the tree... or very often I’m thinking of those people who assume drugs and feel safe just dwelling in the heart of the danger. Even, I notice very often how mankind gets used to dangers and to threatening situations (people living in continuous state of war, in never-ending fears of illness, etc.).
This makes me wonder how “being safe” is a relative concept very much connected with the knowledge and the understanding of rules, environment, cultural situation and especially choices.

SHELTERS AND TRAPS is a sort of sound-action for female voice, banjo, 2 percussion players and live electronics, a see-saw oscillating between danger and safety, noisy monsters and quiet stillness; things which might appear horrible as soon as they become well known loose their negative power, as well as reassuring events might hide traps.


Stefano Giannotti

Composer, author, director, guitarist and performer. He studied  composition with Pietro Rigacci and he was the assistant of Alvin Curran in "Crystal Psalms" and "Tufo Muto". Between 1983 and 1990 he performed in several European countries with the chamber music group "Trio Chitarristico Lucchese". In 1997 he started a collaboration with the Italian choreographer Roberto Castello. Between 1998 and 1999, he lived in Berlin as guest of DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program). In the year 2000 he has been guest of the Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf with a Stipend of the Ministerium of Brandenburg. In the year 2002 he has been invited in Worpswede with a stipend of the Ministerium of the Niedersachsen and he has won the Karl-Sczuka-Preis (SWR, Baden-Baden) with his work IL TEMPO CAMBIA. In the year 2007 he was awarded for the second time by the Karl-Sczuka-Preis for his radio-piece GEOLOGICA
His repertoire ranges from performance, radio-art, dance theatre to chamber music, orchestral scores and songs. Landscape, memory, life cycles, voices of people, languages; these are some of the main themes developed in Giannotti's work.

Agata Zubel

She was born in Wroclaw. Graduated from The Karol Lipinski University of Music in Wroclaw with the Primus Inter Pares distinction, where she had studied composition in the class of Jan Wichrowski and vocal in the class of Danuta Paziuk-Zipser. Now she is a doctor of this University. She extended her studies in the Netherlands during numerous courses. She has been a holder of the scholarships granted by Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung in Munches, the Minister of Culture, the Management of Wroclaw City as well as the International Foundation of Education. She has been a member of the Polish Composers’ Union.

Her works were performed at numerous festivals in Poland and abroad. In 2005 her II Symphony commissioned by Deutsche Welle was premiered during Beethoven Festival in Bonn. As a singer she has participated in many prestigious musical events in Poland and abroad: in Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, Lituania, the Netherlands, Greece, Denmark, Korean and United States. Modern music takes a special place in her repertoire. She has premiered and recorded many works of contemporary composers. In summer 2004 she took part in the experimental project of improvisation during the International Courses of Composition in Darmstadt.

Frank Thomé
Percussionist Frank Thomé was born in 1974. After an apprenticeship as instrument maker he studied percussion with Markus Hauke in Mainz and graduated a solist exam at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe with Isao Nakamura.

Currently he is working on a chamber opera after a short story by Franz Kafka which will be premiered in April 2009 in Zürich within post graduating in composition with Isabel Mundry in Zürich. He received several stipends and awards.

His field of activity covers various solo- and chamber music concerts, his own compositional work and the building of instruments and sound objects. Beside this he is working intensely with live-electronics and Cajon. Composers like Matthias Ockert, Peter Gahn und Hannes-Galette Seidl wrote solo pieces for him.

Rie Watanabe
Percussionist Rie Watanabe was born in 1979 in Hokkaido, Japan. From 1999-2003, she studied percussion at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music with Makoro Aruga,Michiko Takahashi und Takafumi Fujimoto. Since 2005 she has studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Karlsruhe with Isao Nakamura, Hans-Joerg Bayer und Jürgen Heinrich.
In 2004 Rie Watanabe won the Saji Keizo Prize of the Suntry Music Foundation. In 2006 she received a Stupendienpreis from the International Summercourse for New Music in Darmstadt. In the very same year, she received a fellowship by the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists.
Since 2003 Rie Watanabe has been a member of Ensemble Bois in Tokyo. She works often with composers in Germany and Japan.

22:10 – 22:30 - RTBF - Live from Brussels (Belgium) 
22:30 – 22:55 - SR - Live from Stockholm (Sweden)