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Symposium “Im Zwischenreich – Musik und Trance” 29 - 31 July 2004
Musicologists, ethnologists, psychotherapists, and music lovers discussed the topic of “Music und Trance” at a symposium held in the context of the “Glatt&Verkehrt” music festival, from 29 to 31 July 2004 at the Center for Contemporary Music at Danube University Krems.
Lectures, films and performances focused on topics such as the trance-inducing factor of rhythm, music and drugs, the link between trance and shamanistic rituals, aspects of trance in music therapy and “trance” in techno music. The speakers included Dr. Tran Quang Hai from Paris, Assistant Professor August Schmidhofer (Vienna) and Professor Rupert Huber from Nepal. Turkish dance therapist Gülten Uralli (Istanbul) lectured on the Sufi prayer dance of the Mevlevis and then gave a brief introduction to the practice of this whirling dance to participants from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and France. The event closed with a computer live performance of two compositions by Austrian composer Karlheinz Essl. The symposium was chaired by Professor Gerhard Gensch and Mag. Brigitta Pesendorfer of the Center for Contemporary Music of Danube University Krems.
A german documentary is available
Photo: Andrea Müller