In the novel “On the Road”, the protagonist’s odyssey into the heart of America leads him across the border to Mexico, and into the depths of the jungle. Still further south is the Colombian capital, Bogota. Here, the Meridian brothers were founded almost 20 years ago in 1998. Originally, a solo project by the composer Eblis Alvarez was behind this name – a vehicle that explored unusual techniques of playing using conventional musical instruments as well as experiments with electronic media. Only gradually did Meridian Brothers develop from musical conceptual art to a truly explosive live band. In addition to Eblis Alvarez, the core group consists of Maria Valencia (saxophone, clarinet, percussion and synthesizers), Damian Ponce (percussion), Cesar Quevedo (bass) and Alejandro Forero (electronics and synthesizers). The music draws from an enormous variety of inspirations and influences. Tropical sounds, Latin-American folklore and contemporary sampling technology make up a dazzling fusion. Theatrical interventions and experiments with invented identities reveal insights into the reality of human existence. To open the new season, the Meridian Brothers will perform a free concert in Kammer 1, following the premiere of David Marton’s stage adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road”.