Space and time for contemporary productions


In light of the decreasing restrictions on conducting cultural events, the staged concert “FAKE (REAL) BOOK”, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 12, 2021 as part of the “F ° LAB Festival for Performing Arts”, can be performed live with an audience at Frankfurt LAB at short notice. Even if the main part of the festival had to be postponed to 2022, the first "satellites" of the F ° LAB Festival can already be presented this year. The event will be played twice in a row for a reduced number of audience members, at 6.30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The concert lasts approximately 70 minutes without a break.

In 2015 the American composer Alvin Curran (* 1938) published “The Alvin Curran Fakebook”, a kind of autobiography that consists of his own, mostly conventionally written notations, short texts, graphic scores, installation sketches and photos. Divided into melodies, duos, chorales, rhythms, songs, etc., the sheet music offers the possibility of being used, adapted and freely employed in different contexts, like in the tradition of the “Jazz Fakebook”, a huge collection of very loosely notated jazz standards that can be used for gigs of any kind. Alvin Curran writes: “My fakebook [...] is available to adventurous musicians, educated or uneducated, sound artists, scientists, composition and improvisation teachers, amateurs, avant-gardists in their final stages, bloggers, street musicians, book lovers or anyone who cares about my work and is interested in the development of art music in our time; it should be enjoyed and used”. The director Paul Norman, students of the Hessian Theatre Academy, the former Ensemble Modern trumpeter Valentín Garvie and the Ensemble Modern have created the stage version “FAKE (REAL) BOOK”.

12.6.21, 6.30 p. m. and 9.00 p. m.
Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt LAB, hall 1

Alvin Curran: The Alvin Curran Fakebook (2015)

Members of the Ensemble Modern / Valentín Garvie - trumpet and direction
Students of the Hessian Theater Academy / Paul Norman - scenic realization
Leander Ripchinsky - dramaturgy

A joint project by the Ensemble Modern, the Hessische Theaterakademie and Frankfurt LAB. With the kind support of the Friends of Ensemble Modern e.V.

An event within the framework of the F ° LAB FESTIVAL FOR PERFORMING ARTS. The F ° LAB Festival is made possible by the Kulturfonds Frankfurt RheinMain, the Crespo Foundation, the Aventis Foundation and the Stiftung Polytechnische Gesellschaft Frankfurt am Main.

© Alvin Curran

Duration: approx. 70 minutes

Tickets are being sold in accordance with the solidarity pricing system of 10 € / 20 € / 30 € and are only available by cash payment at the box office after prior reservation via

The prerequisites for admission are a negative citizen test which is up to date (meaning it dates to the day of the performance), a vaccination certificate or a proof of recovery. To protect all visitors, it is mandatory to wear a mask covering both mouth and nose during the entire performance and that you carry an ID for the purpose of identifying yourself.