Night of Surprise 2023

Night of Surprise Lineup

Night of Surprise

presented by Reconstructing Song, Sounds Wrong Feels Right, SPA Recordings & Cologne Sessions

Broadening horizons. Coming together. Getting lost. Experimental niches. Radical border crossings. Tabula Rasa. Exploring extremes. Transtraditional limbo. Queer Revolt Music. Extreme concentration. Fine poetry. Drone Rush. Without seat reservation. Radical Jazz meets Avantgarde Minimalism. Noise Metal meets Kraftwerk. Exhaustion. Encounter. Reorientation.

Never before has such an abundance of experimental and wayward music been produced as today. The festival "Night of Surprise" brings this proliferation of large and small experiments, deep-rooted traditions and fleeting phenomena of the digital sphere, lateral thinkers and those consistently committed to progress to the stages of the Stadtgarten in a breathtakingly polyphonic night.


33 EMYBW (Shanghai).
أحمد[Ahmed] (London / Paris / Berlin)
Audrey Chen & Kaffe Matthews (Berlin)
Colorist (Cologne)
Dreamcrusher (New York City)
HJirok (Hani Mojtahedy & Andi Toma) (Berlin)
Joreng Boi (Cologne)
Kill Alters (New York City)
Liz Kosack & Andrew D'Ángelo (Berlin)
Kūkangendai (Kyoto)
Nazar (Amsterdam)
Otis b2b DJ Brom (Brussels / Cologne)
Trance Map (Canterbury / Nantes)
Violent Magic Orchestra (Osaka)
Yann Gourdon (Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes)
Witch'n'Monk (Colombia / UK)
Y-Dra (Java / Indonesia)

prelude #01, Oct. 12, Christ Church
Catherine Lamb "Descensus Trio"
played by Judith Hamann, Lucy Railton & Deborah Walker

prelude #02, 13.10., Stadtgarten
Trickster Orchestra

An event in cooperation with the Center for Contemporary Music ZAM e.V.
Supported by Musikfonds e. V. with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Sat, 14.10.2023
Concert Highlight!

all area Start 19:00

Free admission

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