Ralph Towner, Jack DeJohnette, Jan Garbarek, and Manfred Eicher at the Rainbow Studio, Oslo, 1977. Photo: Roberto Masotti/ECM Records.


“ECM: A Cultural Archaeology”

Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstrasse 1
November 23–February 10

Curated by Okwui Enwezor and Markus Müller

In 1969, Manfred Eicher founded the Munich-based record label Edition of Contemporary Music, which has issued some of the most influential jazz, classical, and avant-garde recordings of the past four decades. For this show, Okwui Enwezor and Markus Müller dig through ECM’s history to present a potent brew of recordings and archival materials from the likes of Don Cherry, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Arvo Pärt. It’s a sprawling roster, to name only a few, improb- ably held together by Eicher’s production aesthetic: robust, blood-and-guts sounds, drifting in clouds of reverb and dispensed, always, in brutally austere packaging. Boasting a lineup of concerts and panel discussions, as well as a comprehensive catalogue, this show will offer far more than just a listening station—but indeed, that alone would be worth your time.