zamus: live!

With zamus you can experience music live all year long! Next to the annual Cologne Festival of Early Music in springtime, there are many other events such as the concert series zamus unlimited, our theme nights zamus nachgefragtand special concerts for families zamus family. Further projects are planned!

You want to get a look behind the scenes of zamus? Come and join us at our Sommerfest (summer party) or the zamus open day. We are always happy to share ideas and exchange thoughts.

zamus: stay at home Events

The current circumstances brings with them many restrictions. we all try to adapt as best we can.

Despite keeping a distance from other people, culture and encounter is an important asset and should not be completely forgotten – even if it is currently only possible virtually.

Zamus has not stopped its activities and prepared  some zamus stay at home events.

Stay at home – go online – be part of our events!

zamus: family



Sonja Catalano

Video presentation (here you can find out how you can participate in the project.)

Sunday, 5.4. AT 18:00

link to the stream


Markus Märkl

Live-Stream, Sunday, 5.4. at 11 am
in cooperation with the LOFT

click here for the live-stream

The Cologne Festival of Early Music celebrates its tenth edition

from March 21st– 29th, 2020!

With this year’s motto: Early Music: Reload, the festival – once again organized by zamus (Centre for Early Music) – sets off in search of unusual and unique concert formats. This year especially the festival embraces new impulses. Outstanding regional as well as international artists and ensembles represent through their inspiring performances for this year’s program the musical diversity of Early Music and invite the audience with unusual forms of playing and interpretation to an unprejudiced listening experience as well as to inspiring soundscapes.

Moreover, the festival transforms itself into a laboratory of composing, experimenting, improvising and also of discussing Early Music in all its facets. The festival team around the new artistic director Ira Givolemphasises the unique aspects of Early Music and its present significance while at the same time questioning prevalent expectations of the listeners.

Again this year, the city centre of Cologne will present itself as a giant stage, with a variety of small concerts taking place during the festival’s kick off Early Music: Reload. Marathon (Saturday, 21 March 2020) – in anticipation of the diverse and distinct anniversary program.

Prepare to be surprised and keep an open mind, when Early Music meets brand-new compositions. A seemingly timeless sound experience.

Zum gesamten Festival-Programm

Zum Marathon-Programm

Zu den Biografien unserer Künstler

Zum Interview: Ira Givol und Mélanie Froehly

Zur Biografie Ira Givol

ABSAGE des 10. KÖLNER FEST FÜR ALTE MUSIK  und weiterer Veranstaltungen des zamus

mit großem Bedauern teilt das zamus (Zentrum für Alte Musik Köln) mit, dass ihr 10. Kölner Fest für Alte Musik (21.03. bis 29.03.2020 ) abgesagt werden muss.
Diese Entscheidung folgt aus einer entsprechenden Empfehlung der Bundesregierung und der vorgegebenen Risikoanalyse der Stadt Köln und der Länder, um gegen die Verbreitung des Corona-Virus in Stadt und Region vorzugehen.

Die Geschäftsführerin des zamus, Mélanie Froehly, der künstlerische Leiter des Festivals Ira Givol sowie das gesamte zamus-Team haben bis zuletzt versucht, trotz diverser Einschränkungen, das Festival wie geplant durchführen zu können und gleichzeitig die in Deutschland vorgegebenen Schutzmaßnahmen für das Publikum sowie die Künstler*innen einzuhalten. Diesen Schutz können wir nicht mehr verlässlich gewährleisten. Die Internationalität der anreisenden Künstler*innen, Ensembles und Gäste, bringt die Gefahr mit sich, die Verbreitung des Virus zu beschleunigen. Außerdem dürfen bereits einige Künstler*innen nicht mehr ein- / bzw. ausreisen.

Darüber hinaus müssen wir auch geplante weitere Veranstaltungen des zamus bis mindestens Ende April absagen bzw. ggf. verschieben.
Dies gilt insbesondere für das 7. April geplante Konzert mit VALER SABADUS, das am 10. September 2020 nachgeholt wird!

Bereits erworbene Tickets werden über die jeweiligen Vorverkaufsstellen von kö vollständig rückerstattet.

Wir bitten allerdings unser Publikum um Unterstützung und auf die Rückerstattung ihrer bereits bezahlten Tickets für ausgefallene Veranstaltungen zu verzichten. Durch diese solidarische Geste können die Veranstalter zumindest längst gebuchte Reisen und  Ausfallhonorare für betroffene Künstler*innen bezahlen.

Der Vorstand der KGAM e.V.

The Cologne Early Music Festival

The Cologne Early Music Festivalhas become iconic in the Cologne music scene.

Every year in the spring between between March and May the Cologne Early Music Festival provides a meeting place for artists from all over the world to enter into dialogue with Cologne audiences in an exceptional programme of international events.

The formats range from enacted music performances to conversation concerts, children’s events and improvisation sessions, variously featuring young soloists and ensembles to top-class stars. For the duration of  a week Cologne acts as a centre for creative encounters and artistic dialogue.

The festival takes advantage of the manifold locations available in Cologne, which are as unique as they are diverse, including the Cathedral, WDR Radio Concert Hall, small theatres, museums, cafés and the Planetarium. Venues like these enable an interactive exchange with audience members, giving them the opportunity to contribute to the artistic experience in innovative ways.

An amazing atmosphere, great discoveries, passionate discussions, congenial exchanges with the artists: the Early Music Festival is zamus’ poster child, reflecting the Early Music scene’s abundance and diversity, generating creative spaces and addressing topical themes.

Zamus and its festival have set themselves the task of becoming a platform for mutual exchange amongst musicians, artists, and audiences. This is as much a forte as a challenge, uniting  German with international musicians and bringing together historically informed specialists of all genres from medieval to contemporary music.

 The Cologne Early Music Festival 2020 will take place from 21st – 29th March and celebrates its tenth anniversary.

zamus unlimited – Upcoming Events

Valer Sabadus und Ludus Instrumentalis // New Date!

From Gehrock to Rock ’n’ Roll – The art of the high voice
Thursday, September 10th, 2020 //  08:00 pm //  Urania Theater Ehrenfeld

Tickets that have already been purchased (for the original date on April 7th) remain valid.

Orpheus XXI NRW and guests // postponed

„Alte Musik neu gedacht” – Klangvokaler Brückenschlag zwischen persischer und arabischer Musik
“Rethinking early music” – sound vocal bridges between Persian and Arabic music
Dienstag, 28.04.2020  //  20.00 Uhr  // zamus – Zentrum für Alte Musik (Köln Ehrenfeld)

Unfortunately, this event is postponed to another date. The replacement date is currently being sought for.  We will inform you as soon as we have a new appointment. Already purchased tickets remain valid.

zamus unlimited – a creative medley of Early Music Events in Cologne


Unlimited possibilities – or, what do you dream about?

This special series of Early Music events was initiated in 2017 and serves to illustrate the imaginative scope of  styles, projects and interests epitomised by zamus musicians.  

The series provides  a forum for members and ensembles to express their rich diversity by means of innovative and scientific projects. An expansion of Cologne’s cultural activities, it fosters artistic excellence throughout the region, underscoring zamus’ ongoing visibility as an events organiser throughout the year. 

We create openings to welcome new listeners of Early Music whilst continuing to devise contributions for core audiences who might hope to experience Early Music in innovative formats or novel locations. Concern for imaginative interaction with our audiences leads to the creation of unconventional listening experiences. 

zamus unlimited expressly embraces cooperation and collaboration with other musical domains and art forms: a baroque poetry slam to celebrate Barbara Strozzi’s 400th birthday, a live music-radio play, fascinating conversations between musicians and instrument-makers. Zamus unlimited is a good way to discover new things about Early Music and it is full of surprising experiences.

Join us on this innovative and exceptional path! 

All zamus unlimited concerts


Further education programs for members and professional musicians

Getting to grips with recent developments such as growing competition and a proliferation of international institutions is a challenge for ensembles and artists alike.

zamus has recourse to extensive knowledge in all areas of Early Music performance and wishes to pass this on.

Musicians can sign up for our music management workshops and further education courses to obtain specific and relevant information. zamus intends to offer full support by sharing resources and information which is tailored specifically to their requirements.

Interdisciplinary seminars and workshops for musicians are offered on a regular basis.

zamus musiklabor (zamus music lab) 

zamus’ scientific discussion series

Scientific renewal lies at the heart of historically informed performance (performance informed by a considered appraisal of conditions at the time the music was written), and has done since the beginning of the movement. By means of publications such as books and articles, and regular events such as seminars and conferences organised by important Early Music centres, the scholarly world has generated revolutionary trends in numerous areas: for instance regarding questions about fingering techniques, instrument making, sources, performance locations or repertoire. Questioning accepted parameters has revealed new possibilities and opened up creative spaces.

zamus supports these developments with its “music lab” for researchers. The music lab affords scholars the possibility of implementing outstanding research projects, investigating current Early Music topics and connecting with others from an excellent international community.

Between October and June zamus offers a public discussion forum to present these projects, and the opportunity to publish results or the option to invite interesting guest musicologists are also part of the music lab format.

zamus hopes to establish its music lab as a platform for connecting German research endeavours in Early Music and publishing the results. In the sense of a laboratory, zamus considers its music lab to offer a forum between theory and practice for developing new incentives.

zamus musiklabor – Upcoming Events

THE END OF EARLY MUSIC? – Symposium // leider abgesagt

Early Music: Reload  //  10. Kölner Fest für Alte Musik

Freitag, 27.03.2020  //  09:30 – 17:00 Uhr  // zamus – Zentrum für Alte Musik (Köln Ehrenfeld) // Eintritt frei – Anmeldung über kö

zamus family

Four times a year we open our doors to children and their families: our zamus family concerts are designed for the youngest audiences – no one needs to worry about sitting still!

We believe no one is too young to be introduced to the sounds and sights of Early Music and wish to offer this to the youngest of audiences. 

The concerts take place on Sundays at 11 am in the Early Music Centre, Cologne Ehrenfeld, and last 45 minutes – in a cosy atmosphere and with popcorn afterwards. An adventure for the whole family!

zamus family – Upcoming Events

MACH MIT! – Kinderkonzert // canceled

Kölner Fest für Alte Musik // Kinderkonzert // zamus

Ensemble Ricercata

Samstag, 21.03.2020  //  15:00 Uhr  // C. Bechstein Centrum in den Opernpassagen // 8 Euro Einzelticket // 20 Euro Familienticket (2 Erwachsene, 3 Kinder)

FÄHRTENFINDER // postponed

Early Music: Reload // 10. Kölner Fest für Alte Musik
Eine musikalische Schnitzeljagd in Ehrenfeld für Kinder zwischen sechs und zwölf Jahren

Sonntag, 29.03.2020  //  15:00 Uhr // BüzE Bürgerzentrum Ehrenfeld  // 8 Euro Einzelticket // 20 Euro Familienticket (2 Erwachsene, 3 Kinder)  inkl. aller Bastelmaterialien
Diese Veranstaltung wurde auf den 23.8.2020 verlegt. Bereits gekaufte Karten behalten ihre Gültigkeit.

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