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Words & Music

cut-ups & fuck ups, Berio & Burroughs


Sep 3 2022

With Words & Music, Asko|Schönberg serves you an afternoon and evening full of cut-ups & fuck ups. A rush of sensations; fantastic, grim, absurd, disruptive and with humor. A festival full of cut and brand new performances, installations, film and more, inspired by the cut-up techniques of composer Berio and writer Burroughs.

Asko|Schönberg brings together creators and performers from different disciplines, in an unexpected way. Words & Music is inspired by composer Luciano Berio (1926-2003) and literary enfant terrible of the sixties William S. Burroughs (1914-1997). Both applied the cut-up technique in their own way: they used fragments of existing and new material to create new work.


Words & Music program presents musical theatre, do-it-yourself cut-ups, brand new music, installations, film and more. The festival route runs through various areas of the Muziekgebouw. On display are, amongst others, performer Akim Moiseenkov and the performance Lunch Music, inspired by Burroughs’ book Naked Lunch. Composer Yannis Kyriakides creates a hallucinatory result with fragments from the book, live electronics, the virtuosity of Slagwerk Den Haag and the singers of Silbersee. In Berio’s Recital for Cathy, a singer slowly goes mad and Genevieve Murphy presents her show I Don’t Want To Be An Individual All On My Own; a sonic story of pop, spoken word and sound sculptures about the search for real connection in an individualized world.



Expect (non) sense and pure beauty during Words & Music experiment.


Practical: Doors open 15.30, end time approx 23.30 Upon arrival you exchange your ticket for a wristband, catering in the building is open.

Words & Music is supported by: Performing Arts Fund NL, Dioraphte, Reinbert de Leeuw Fonds, Fonds voor Hedendaagse Muziek, Fonds 21, Société Gavignies, Mauricio Kagel Muziekfonds, Pro Helvetia, Ministerie van OCW and Gemeente Amsterdam.

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Sep. 3 2022




Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ