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The Arts Intel Report

A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler
A Cultural Compass
For the World Traveler

Konfrontationen

July 25–28, 2019
Untere Hauptstraße 13, 2425 Nickelsdorf, Austria

Not for the faint of ear, this festival offers daunting music in a friendly, almost familial setting. In this 40th go-round, it features such stalwarts of nearly pure improvisation as William Parker, Joëlle Léandre, Irène Schweizer, Hamid Drake—and you, as you interact with the “sound art” on display. The million-Euro question: which Peter Brötzmann will show up, the Gatling-gun berserker or the broken, forlorn poet glimpsed in recent collaborations with Heather Leigh? —E.E.