DESIGNING VOICES

international festival for

vocal performance art, sound and music

Daily performances in the Französische Kirche Potsdam from 2 to 3 Nov. and St. Matthäus Kirche Berlin from 4 to 6 Nov.

Ute Wassermann: voice, whistles

Frédéric Blondy: piano, pipe organ

Sten Sandell: pipe organ, piano, voice, live electronics

Alex Nowitz: voice, live electronics (strophonion)


Französische Kirche Potsdam

Am Bassinplatz

Charlottenstraße 55-58

14467 Potsdam, Germany

Biliana Voutchkova: violin, voice

Matthias Bauer: double bass, voice

Sten Sandell: pipe organ, piano, voice, live electronics

Alex Nowitz: voice, live electronics (strophonion)


Französische Kirche Potsdam

Am Bassinplatz

Charlottenstraße 55-58

14467 Potsdam, Germany

Sabine Vogel: flutes, voice

Sten Sandell: pipe organ, piano, voice, live electronics

Alex Nowitz: voice, live electronics (strophonion)


St. Matthäus Kirche Berlin

Matthäikirchplatz

10785 Berlin, Germany

Tone Åse: voice, live electronics

Sten Sandell: pipe organ, piano, voice, live electronics

Alex Nowitz: voice, live electronics (strophonion)


St. Matthäus Kirche Berlin

Matthäikirchplatz

10785 Berlin, Germany

Franziska Baumann: voice, live electronics (sensorglove)

Sten Sandell: pipe organ, piano, voice, live electronics

Alex Nowitz: voice, live electronics (strophonion)


St. Matthäus Kirche Berlin

Matthäikirchplatz

10785 Berlin, Germany

DESIGNING VOICES presents sound and music performances with a focus on vocal performance art. In 2021 the theme revolves around pipe organ, voice and gesture-controlled live electronics.

DESIGNING VOICES highlights the artistic practice of composer-performers and features vocal performance artists as well as musicians who use their voice as integral part of their performance practice.

In addition to the presentation of performances, DESIGNING VOICES showcases also lectures and lecture-performances, sound installations and audio-visual works, all of which illuminate the characteristics and peculiarities of contemporary vocal performance art.

In 2021 DESIGNING VOICES has been granted funding by the Musikfonds e.V. and the MWFK of the Federal State of Brandenburg.

The music series DESIGNING VOICES was developed by composer and vocal performance artist ALEX NOWITZ in close dialogue with ALEXANDRA KLATT, director of the Berlin Design Week (27 May – 6 June 2021), discussing this year’s topic ‘New Traditions’. Initially planned as joint venture, due to the pandemic, the music series needed to be postponed to the five-day period from 2 to 6 November 2021.