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28: Music – a Social Utopia?!

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The focus of this workshop is not musical education, but curiosity, imagination, and the willingness to engage with others in the new and unheard-of. Various sounding materials such as ourselves (voice, body, clothing), stones, wood, paper, water or glass will be examined in order to explore, feel, enjoy and get familiar with them. Historical and aesthetic positions are considered and the composition of different sounds, as well as their purpose, is examined. We explore how to put these sounds together and what for. The seminar is founded on the idea that music is created through human interaction – in joint action, reaction and reflection, just as in life: music as social utopia! It is led by a pair of musicians who have made their name with various projects across the spectrum of New Music, both composed and improvised. At the end of the week we know what remains and what has inspired us.

Musician and Music Teacher, Innsbruck Chair
Musician and Composer, Innsbruck Chair

Barbara ROMEN

Musician and Music Teacher, Innsbruck

 Barbara Schneider-Romen studied recorder, guitar and hammered dulcimer in Feldkirch and Innsbruck and teaches at the Music School "Südöstliches Mittelgebirge" near Innsbruck. She is also a qualified qigong teacher and gave concerts in Europe, USA, Japan, China and Israel. She released her own CD’s, radio dramas and film music. Together with her husband Gunter Schneider, she runs various interdisciplinary projects, including "More Movements for Lachenmann" with the choreographer Xavier Le Roy, "Tracking stones' voices with sound sculptures" by the sculptor Kassian Erhart, "Klopfzeichen/Klangschnitte (tap codes/sound cuts)" with Japanese and Austrian printmakers or "ZIMT" with Angélica Castelló, Burkhard Stangl and Kai Fagaschinski.


Musician and Composer, Innsbruck

 Gunter Schneider studied guitar and musicology in Innsbruck and teaches at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Furthermore, he is a performer of new music and an improviser. He cooperates with various orchestras and ensembles (Ensemble Modern, RSO Vienna ...) and gave concerts in Europe, Israel, USA, Japan and China. Gunter Schneider composes solo, chamber and orchestral music, pieces for guitar published by Doblinger, UE and Helbling. Together with his spouse Barbara Romen, he runs own and collective projects, including "Free Music St. Johann", where the focus is on building and training an improvisation orchestra on the initiative of "Arge WirkWerk" in the "Alte Gerberei" in St. Johann in Tirol and an alternative university project in collaboration with the Neuberg College of Peter Waterhouse.

Seminar Week

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15:00 - 17:30Treasure HuntSocial
18:00 - 19:30WelcomePlenary
19:30 - 21:30Bread and WineSocial


09:30 - 13:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
20:00 - 21:00Special Lecture: Global MuckrakingPlenary


Seminar 16: Participatory Leadership – a Practice of Leading by Dialogue and Co-CreationSeminar
Seminar 17: LEADfit – the Art of LeadershipSeminar
Seminar 18: Human-Centered Design: New Design Approaches for Open and Sustainable SocietiesSeminar
Seminar 19: Life is (Not) a Game – Critical Game DesignSeminar
Seminar 20: How Mindfulness Increases ResilienceSeminar
Seminar 21: Warrior of the Heart – DojoSeminar
Seminar 22: Who are You? Spoken Word Poetry: How to Express Yourself in Front of PeopleSeminar
Seminar 23: “It does matter where” – Sensing and Questioning SpaceSeminar
Seminar 24: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 25: All the World’s a StageSeminar
Seminar 26: Dramatic Thinking: Using Art to Communicate Your Ideas More PowerfullySeminar
Seminar 27: Sing – Listen – Create – LeadSeminar
Seminar 28: Music – a Social Utopia?!Seminar
Seminar 29: All the World’s a StageSeminar


Seminar 01: Innovation in Plant Breeding – Opportunity or Threat for Our Food Security?Seminar
Seminar 02: Europe and the Challenge of DisintegrationSeminar
Seminar 03: Liberty and Security in Africa: Evidence and Voices from the Continent and BeyondSeminar
Seminar 04: Promises and Challenges of UrbanisationSeminar
Seminar 05: Liberty and Security in the Context of Women’s RightsSeminar
Seminar 06: The Global Economic BattlegroundSeminar
Seminar 07: Visual Culture: Images of Power and Power of ImageSeminar
Seminar 08: Politics and Religion: Spaces and Boundaries of FreedomSeminar
Seminar 09: Quantum Technologies – a New Era of InnovationSeminar
Seminar 10: The EU and its Neighbours – EU Foreign Policy Between Ambition and PragmatismSeminar
Seminar 11: Water Security for People and Nature – Present to 2050 (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 12: Noncommunicable Diseases – How to Control and Prevent Them (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 13: How Can the Transition to a Low-Carbon Society Work? (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 14: Intellectual Self-Defence (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar
Seminar 15: Digital Democracy Lab (Part of Alpbach Learning Missions)Seminar


15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


10:30 - 12:00Ceremonial Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2019Plenary
12:00 - 14:00Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 17:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar
15:00 - 18:00Seminar 16-29Seminar
20:15 - 21:45International EveningPlenary


09:30 - 12:30Seminar 1-15Seminar