At "The Prequel" from 01 to 03 July 2021, the Monheim Triennale has taken a look into the past: "Escalator Over The Hill" (EOTH), the epochal masterpiece by Carla Bley, celebrates its 50th birthday in 2021. Material about it can be viewed here. First and foremost, a 84-minute film documentation of the recording sessions from 1970/1971 by late filmmaker Steve Gebhardt.
For artistic director Reiner Michalke this work is not only a milestone in his own musical socialisation, but also an important step towards the emergence of the core idea of the Monheim Triennale:
“Escalator has accompanied me since my early youth and in a way, it anticipated the idea for the Monheim Triennale. Carla Bley's consistent handling of musical material, her fearless suspension of all genre boundaries between classical, jazz and rock, and her sure instinct for artistic personalities have given rise to a musical work that I believe, and hope will go down in eternity."