ABOUT

It’s no big secret that the catholic church has lost much of its popularity in recent years – especially amongst young people, who rarely seek solace in this spiritual home. Too alienating are the religious dogmas, the catechism and idiosyncrasies of this massive, powerful and ancient institution. Even the bible, this admittedly peculiar book which evidently lends itself to myriad interpretations and which has given occasion for divisiveness and conflict for centuries, is not exempt from disaffecting many young people.

What if we treated faith not as something that must be learned? If we stopped thinking beliefs needed to be defended and rather just trust in faith itself – in all its diversity? As something that actually lives. If it was something one can remember? - something that has essentially always existed.

The Millennials, to whom I belong, are probably the last generation who (already alleviated) still „learned“ the religious faith. I myself have experienced how invigorating it can be to believe in something and to plunge into this basic trust. Yet, for the most part I’ve turned my back on religion, on Jesus as well as the learned concept of it.

Nevertheless, I believe that the fascination, the vivacity, and the awareness of the existential questions of life are more present than ever. Who am I? Why am I here? What is life really about?

The Millennials Mass is a musical piece structured like a liturgical mass, without presuming a specific faith or trying to give answers. On the contrary, its purpose is to create more room for one’s own personal search for the remembered faith. It’s a mass for all those who search for faith within themselves.

 

I am aware that it isn't “hip“ to write a mass these days. However, the vision to detoxify the venomous topic of faith and to reduce the seemingly insurmountable chasm between religious institutions and people – without knowing how to – is my heartfelt desire. Ultimately, it’s just words and images that divide us, nothing more.

CHRISTOPHZIMPER

THEMILLENNIALSMASS

What if we treated faith not as something that must be learned? If we stopped thinking beliefs needed to be defended and rather just trust in faith itself – in all its diversity? As something that actually lives. If it was something one can remember? - something that has essentially always existed.

Composition

Instrumentation - Violin I+II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano, Electric Piano, Percussion, Vibraphone, Clarinet, Guitar, Voice
Year - 2021

Recording - Album "The Millennials Mass" (Col Legno, 2021)

Upcoming Dates

PREMIERE

JUNE 2, 2021 @ MuTh Vienna

ALBUM RELEASE

JUNE 11, 2021

ALBUM

Published by Col Legno

01 The Pilgrimage Quintett für Streichquartett und Klarinette

02 – 04 Quartett zur Wende der Zeit für Klaviertrio und Klarinette

02 I. Collage neopubertärer Bauchgefühle 

03 II. Aus dem Kokon

04 III. Lied der Stummen

05 – 14 The Millennials Mass

05 Introitus

06 Kyrie

07 When I Was A Child

08 Reflexion

09 Gloria

10 Was ich glaube

11 Meditation

12 The Modern Man

13 Hosanna

14 Agnus Dei

Line Up

Christoph Zimper

Natalija Isakovic
Oliver Pastor
Nora Romanoff-Schwarzberg
Marie Spaemann
Lukas Ströcker
Sabina Hasanova
Thomas Toppler
Bryan Benner
Romana Amerling

Kirill Kobantschenko
Sophie Kolarz-Löschberger
Thomas Selditz
Forian Eggner

Georg Eggner
Christoph Eggner