The development of new musical dimensions, cross-over arts and performative experiences make me passionate and lead to surprising results.
- Franziska Kuba
For the exhibition "A Requiem for a failed State", taking place at Halle 14/Baumwollspinnerei, the Leipzig artist Carsten Säger decided to concentrate on Paul Dessau's "Requiem für Lumumba". Patrice Lumumba was the first Congolese prime minister of the freed and former Belgian colony and was persecuted and murdered in 1961. Paul Dessau, who then lived in the GDR, composed the Requiem in his memory. It was first performed and recorded by the MDR-Chor in 1963.
Franziska Kuba led the rehearsals for the exhibition in which singers and speakers would improvise, repeat and listen to the recording from 1963.
The Leipzig ensemble consists of professional singers and strings and focuses on the interpretation of early and new music.
Both genres, early and new music, do not only want beautiful sounds but focus more on the emotional expression. Neue Kammer wants to offer and extend the bridge between these periods.
Franziska Kuba is the leader of Neue Kammer.