Opening Wassermusik: Black Atlantic Revisited, © Sebastian Bolesch/HKW

2022, Jul 14, Thu — 2022, Aug 07, Sun

Wassermusik: Mississippi

Concerts, films, literature

Weekends, Jul 14–Aug 7, 2022

Originally scheduled for the summer of 2020

The Mississippi is the cradle of American music. The Wassermusik summer festival explores the past and present of the river in concerts, films and literature.

The Mississippi River traverses the United States from north to south and is a prime example of an Anthropocene landscape: People settled along the river a thousand years ago. It served as a traffic artery for the plantation economy and slavery. Jazz and funk were born in New Orleans, the blues in its delta and rock 'n' roll in Memphis. Wassermusik 2022 explores the importance of the river for the history of music. It investigates whether these places on its banks still occupy exceptional creative status and what is being hatched there today. On four weekends, the entire spectrum of Mississippi music can be expected: jazz, funk, blues, Cajun, zydeco, R&B, folk, bluegrass and old and new hybrid forms such as bounce or trailer trap.