»Give us a poem!« In 1975 students called out to the famous boxer and human rights activist Muhammad Ali. »Me We« was his prompt answer. This spontaneous short poem became world-famous, its four letters conveying a profound socio-political and humanistic message. Under the title ›MeWe‹, the festival cresc... 2023 explores the relationship between the individual and the collective over the course of two weekends, exploring a multitude of varieties of current music. Contemporary music meets Sci-Fi Funk and Afro-Beat; Iceland’s music scene meets a West African-German band. The audience is invited to experience the monumental ›Earth Dances‹ by Sir Harrison Birtwistle both in concert and as a walk-in sound sculpture, and assemble an edible composition via an unusual parcours. Concertgoers will be active performers before they get to open a ›Do it-Yourself-Agit-Pop-up-Restaurant‹ together. The world premieres by selected composers also offer their own take on the appeal to »Give us a poem!«

In addition to the festival presenters Ensemble Modern and Frankfurt Radio Symphony, as well as Frankfurt Radio Big Band, the line-up includes the Swedish-Ethiopian experimental vocalist Sofia Jernberg, the Icelandic trombonist, arranger and Afro-Funk specialist Samúel Jón Samúelsson, the West African-German Liberation Orchestra of Inverted Traditions, the Australian composer Cathy Milliken, Frankfurt’s freitagsküche, the English conductor Stefan Asbury and the Italian composer Lucia Ronchetti as well as the young international musicians, conductors and composers of the IEMA-Ensemble, the Schallfeld Ensemble and the International Composer & Conductor Seminars (ICCS).

Performances of the cresc... Biennial for Current Music Frankfurt Rhine Main take place at the Capitol in Offenbach, Centralstation Darmstadt, as well as the Künstler*innenhaus Mousonturm, the Hessian Radio and Frankfurt LAB in Frankfurt.