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ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE NORTH is a short documentary about a unique visit of the Munich Chamber Orchestra (MKO) to Pyongyang, North Korea.
In addition to joint orchestra rehearsals at the Pyongyang Kim Won Gyun Conservatory, the MKO conducted one-to-one chamber music classes with North Korean students. After 3 days of rehearsals the German-Korean ensemble performed in a closing concert at the conservatory.
The Goethe-Institut Korea arranged this cross-cultural encounter to one of the most internationally isolated places in the world. Nils Clauss was kindly invited to join and document this special event in form of a short documentary.
Nils Clauss was kindly invited by the Goethe-Institut Korea to join and document the Munich Chamber Orchestra’s visit in Pyongyang, North Korea. An altered and TV-compatible version of the soon to be released short documentary ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE NORTH is scheduled to screen on 3sat, a German TV broadcast company, in the program KULTURZEIT on the 17th of December between 7:20 and 8pm.
Between the 5th and 10th of November 2012 the GOETHE INSTITUT KOREA arranged a unique visit of the MUNICH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (MKO) with conductor Alexander Liebreich in Pyongyang, North Korea. As guests at the Pyongyang Kim Won Gyun Conservatory the orchestra was working on a concert program together with North Korean music students.
Nils Clauss was kindly invited by the Goethe-Institut Korea to join and document this special event in form of a short documentary. ARIRANG TV, Korea’s global broadcast service, talks to Nils Clauss about his journey to North Korea and asks questions about the possibilities of documenting such a musical event in an enclosed country with remaining limitations.
Feel free to check out the interview on KOREA TODAY on ARIRANG TV on Friday the 7th of December between 7 and 8am. The documentary itself is scheduled to screen in parts on 3sat, a German TV broadcast company, in the program KULTURZEIT on the 13th of December between 7:20 and 8pm.
David Knight, the founder and chief curator of BUG and the editorial director of the UK Music Video Awards, kindly features URBAN ISLAND by Nils Clauss and Park Namhui on PROMO NEWS. PROMO NEWS is a blog, which celebrates the best in music video creativity, daily updates of music video news and information. According to Knight PROMO NEWS is the first stop for everyone who loves music videos, and everyone who makes music videos.
Knight writes: “Set in the same Korean city, this music video-style documentary is certainly a million miles away from ‘Gangnam Style’, showing a more real face of Seoul. It follows Jong-Kwon Hong – a homeless recycle collector- trying to save money to buy a motorcycle. The epic ambiance provided by Sigur Ros only catalyses the tear-jerking atmosphere, and the charismatic optimism sprouting from the homeless Jong-Kwon Hong is amazing.”
Underwood International College (UIC) was established in 2005 and is part of Yonsei University, which is the oldest and one of the most prestigious universities in Korea. Nils Clauss was kindly asked by UIC to photograph the Yonsei campus, UIC facilities, classes and students for their official 2013 brochure.