Bach meets Pollock (part II)

Inspired by Bach's Cello Suite in G major, young people experiment with action painting

Experimenting with action painting

Inspired by Bach’s Cello Suite in G Major, young people at the school “SBW Haus des Lernens” continue to experiment with action painting. The project is a cooperation between SBW and the J. S. Bach Foundation of St. Gallen in conjunction with the “Appenzeller Bachtage” festival.

Imagining Bach

This year’s “Appenzeller Bachtage” festival, dedicated to the theme of “imagining Bach”, invites young people to express their own understanding of Bach’s legacy. Their action-painting session is just one of a series of artistic presentations by school students that opens new paths to exploring the master’s music. Under the tutelage of curator Matthias Flückiger, the students explore Bach’s music for one semester, and then present their “images of Bach” at the Appenzeller Bachtage festival. By sharing their personal impressions, the students offer audiences a fresh perspective and bring Bach’s musical legacy to life in a new form. The third edition of the Appenzeller Bachtage festival will take place in August in St. Gallen and the nearby region of Appenzell. The festival focuses on a comprehensive and unconventional exploration of Bach’s musical legacy and strives to offer visitors an individual experience of the composer. The Appenzeller Bachtage festival is run by an experienced team: the artistic director, Rudolf Lutz, has been conducting a monthly Bach cantata concert in the area for over ten years. Together with the J. S. Bach Foundation, the initiator of the Bachtage festival, he intends to perform and record the entire vocal work of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) by the end of 2030.

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