Interfinity: God Is a DJ
The Interfinity concert festival is a unique event that offers a fascinating mix of high-caliber international and local artists in innovative and genre-crossing concerts; over the past few years, it has become an established part of Basel’s annual musical calendar. With a lot of dedication, the organizers draw from the huge well of music and present a surprising palette of musical styles where composers, ensembles, professors, and musicians meet in the infinity of the musical universe. From Baroque, Classic, and Romanticism to contemporary music they are exploring with great curiosity the endless worlds of sound.
The well-known electric guitarist and HSM professor Yaron Deutsch and his ensemble Nikel (awarded the prestigious Swiss Music Prize in 2023) are taking part in various “Artist in Residence” projects as part of Interfinity 2024. In “God is a DJ” the quartet features in a three-part series that looks at the “techno” scene from the perspective of classical contemporary music. Before the turn of the millennium, disco developed into a substitute church in the scene and techno became a “religion.” Away from society, people celebrated exuberantly in forests and at outdoor festivals. Accordingly, these concerts will take place in a church, in nature, and in a club.
The first concert, “Yaron Deutsch meets Klaus Lang,” will take place on March 5 at the Pauluskirche, when Deutsch and organist Klaus Lang take the stage at 19:30.
On March 6, at 17:00, Nikel will play “Bright Darkness” by Klaus Lang on the roof top of the Nordstern (in bad weather: in the middle deck). On the same evening at 19:30, sound artist and HSM professor Svetlana Maras ends the series in the “belly” of the Nordstern with electronic music, accompanied by a light show (designed by Kathrin Mast aka “Anka”). Deutsch also plays works from Steve Reich to Luigi Billone, and they will improvise together.
Tickets for individual concerts are CHF 30 each (CHF 20 for people under age 28). Combi tickets for all three concerts are CHF 65 (CHF 45 for people under age 28).