Ehrenfelder Sockenkonzerte

Actually, these popular concerts have existed for some time now, a great favourite with all between the ages of five and ninety-nine. What began in 2006 at a karate school in Köln-Sülz has meanwhile become a well recognised concert series, and its very special attraction is the light-hearted interaction that takes place between the musicians and their audience. Here there is singing, composing, drumming, and laughter, and the presenters focus their attention not only on the five-year-olds, but also on the older folks - because, after all, the adults have a right to an informal and natural approach to music, too. Ulrike Neukamm, oboist and founder of the Sockenkonzerte, has accomplished something which is near and dear to her - as a mother of three children, she knows about the honest and open way in which children approach music. As a musician she would like to be measured not only against the criticism of peers and specialists, but also against the reaction of children.

The fact that children have many questions which are not (or no longer) asked by adults, makes it all the more exciting for Ulrike and her team: creating child-friendly programs - endeavouring to awaken and to satisfy their curiosity - requires taking a fresh look at one‘s own actions, and always being on the look-out for the questions one no longer asks. But in February of 2012, as two Sockenkonzerte took place as part of the opening festivities at ZAMUS and the concertgoers literally stormed the rehearsal room, now transformed into a concert hall....there was not a single question in anyone‘s mind: this was meant to be the permanent home of the Sockenkonzerte. For most of the guests it was the first time they had attended a concert where they could take off their shoes and seat themselves comfortably on the floor, try out instruments and laugh out loud. Afterward everyone felt certain: these visitors would come again. And so it came to pass that just six months later the first official Sockenkonzert in ZAMUS took place. The ensemble Nel Dolce composed an interesting and amusing piece for the occasion, the gist being: all of a sudden there is no chocolate to be found in Cologne. What could have happened? In order to solve this mystery, the musicians take their audience from place to place, a musical foray which leads to the happy end of a lovingly crafted fairy tale. Truly a happy ending, as the hardworking helpers in the audience received their honestly deserved reward - chocolate.

ZAMUS, by incorporating the Sockenkonzerte, has created a platform which gives children easy access to music, and makes it a pleasant and relaxed experience for adults - an experience well worth breakfasting a little earlier for. Many surprises await at Heliosstraße 15 - for all music lovers between the ages of five and ninety-nine.