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Performing the music of today unbound by differences in genre with passion, fire and unlimited excitement: removed from the ivory tower, and embedded in the multifaceted world of contemporary music. PHACE has presented unconventional concerts, musical theatre productions and interdisciplinary projects with dance, theatre, live performance, electronics, film/video, turntables and installations. PHACE found its artistic home with its own subscription series at the Wiener Konzerthaus, and performs 25 – 30 concerts yearly as a guest ensemble at the most important international concert halls and festivals.

Olga Neuwirth

Olga Neuwirth is an Austrian-born composer, artist, filmmaker and author. She studied at the Academy of Music in Vienna and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. With Nobel Prize winning novelist Elfriede Jelinek she has created two radio plays and three operas. Her opera Lost Highway, based on the film by David Lynch won a South Bank Show Award. Her new opera Orlando will be premiered at the Wiener Staatsoper in 2019.

Nacho de Paz

Nacho de Paz is a Spanish conductor, who holds a Masters degree in Piano and Composition and a PhD in Art History and Musicology. He has been awarded the international composition prizes Joan Guinjoa (2002), Luigi Russolo (2003) and SGAE of Electroacoustics (2004). Nacho has conducted more than 300 world premieres as well as first performances of milestone works in Spain. He has also recorded for various labels and television stations.

Films screening at this event

The City without Jews – A Dystopian Prophecy of Intolerance

original title
Die Stadt ohne Juden
H K Breslauer
80 min

This startlingly prescient silent film from inter-war Vienna, now with musical score from Olga Neuwirth, chillingly imagines – and astonishingly predicts – the consequences as a city succumbs to intolerance. Made in 1924, Die Stadt ohne Juden is ominous, portentous, and unforgettable. H K Breslauer’s satirical dystopia shows the cultural and economic impoverishment of a city that expels its Jewish population, and is disturbingly prophetic in its depiction of the murderous antisemitism in Vienna in the wake of the First World War. The story of the film is almost as remarkable as its content. Lost during the Second World War, this version was only rediscovered in a Paris flea market in 2015. The political message is more sharply articulated in this newly restored version, with a hitherto lost ending and other sequences. Composer Olga Neuwirth is a cinephile herself, and her specially commissioned score will add another, wholly compelling, dimension.