How did the project emerge and what is it about?

For many years, geologist Frank W. Junge has been concerned with the question of how to the dimensions of the formation of lignite could be creatively conveyed to other people. Can 50 million years be made a tangible experience? The crucial idea came to him during a classical concert: the change of landscapes can be represented musically! He asked composer Steffen Reinhold and stage director? Anja-Christin Winkler for help, who enthusiastically developed the geo-sounds project idea: pupils from various lignite mining areas would jointly develop a composition on the topic. Since gigantic lignite pits also exist on the other side of the border, in Poland, the idea was born to involve Polish pupils in the project. Steffen Reinhold had already carried out several international pupils' composition projects in collaboration with the Leipzig Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra, whose musicians realised the pupils' compositions for geo-sounds. But the pupils also have the opportunity to play in this professional orchestra themselves.

Thinking about the future of their regions.

The internet performance of geo-sounds extends over one year. It is ceremonially inaugurated by a public concert in which the pupils are going to present a condensed version of the composition, together with the musicians of the orchestra. During the performance of geo-sounds, the pupils deal with the present and the future of open-cast mining landscapes. The last 63 seconds of the one-year composition represent the era of coal mining. This is the beginning of the future concert, the point at which the historical retrospective reaches the present day and also looks into the future. We are eager to hear what this music will sound like, how these young people see the future, and which direction the discussions between young people from Germany and Poland on dealings with nature, energy and resources will take. On 22 May 2014, the music of the future can be heard in a live concert performed by the pupils in yet another cooperation with the musicians of the Leipzig Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra.

Skyscrapers, Electric Forest and Fresh Air in the Glass?

Together with the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra Leipzig, the young composers present their expedition into the future and the premières of their visions in an extraordinary and variegated SOUND LABORATORY PERFORMANCE.

“geo-sounds future” concert performance
On 22 May 2014, at 6.30 p.m., at OSTRALE Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst,
Messering 8, 01067 Dresden Admission is free!
on 24 May 2014, 7 p.m. , at Teatr Łaźnia Nowa, os. Szkolne 25, Krakow
Bilety 20 PLN | 10 PLN (ulgowe)
Mon-Tue 8.30-16.00, Wed-Fri 8.30-19.00, Tel. +48 12 680 23 41,

Visitors are asked to wear white or bright clothes.

The concert tour is realised with the support of the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony, the Cultural Department of the City of Leipzig, the Commerzbank Foundation, energy2market GmbH, the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation and the Polish Institute in Leipzig.

Want to learn more?

Here you can read about our concept.
Here you can watch a short video about our project and the prologue concert in February 2013.
Here you can watch a short video about our project and the première in May 2013.
Here you can download the project flyer.