Diaspora. A talk with Saba Alizadeh, Josh Kun and Farahnaz Hatam

Padding and Scattering

On June 8, Saba Alizadeh from Tehran, Iran, gave his first of three solo concerts in Berlin. He first performed an electronic set, followed by an acoustic set on the kamancheh. Later that evening he was joined by author and music critic Josh Kun from Los Angeles and the Berlin-based electronic musician Farahnaz Hatam to discuss diasporic sounds, the role of music in nostalgic experiences among people living outside of Iran and – Tehrangeles.
The evening was hosted by Franziska Buhre. Photos by Esmail Habibi.

Saba Alizadeh’s Berlin concerts were kindly supported by the Goethe-Institut / Foreign Office.

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Klangteppich. Festival for music of the Iranian diaspora

The festival took place on June 22–23 in the Salon am Moritzplatz in Berlin. It presented contemporary music creations by Berlin-based musicians from Iran in new artistic encounters. Persian instruments could be discovered in new sound environments, the voice was heard with storytelling and singing in several languages. The variety of remembered and anticipated sounds unfolded into a magnificent fabric that the musicians and listeners tied together.

Idea and concept: Franziska Buhre
Artistic director 2018: Ali Choolaei
Funded by Musicboard Berlin GmbH

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Walls Will Fall. The 49 Trumpets of Jericho

A composition by Mazen Kerbaj
Realized as a side-specific performance at the large water reservoir Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg on May 19th, 2018.

Photos by Cristina Marx

The participating trumpet players are Berliners of various generations from Australia, Austria, Cuba, Denmark, England, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Somalia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Turkey and the United States.

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To create a context for a living organism: Tyshawn Sorey

Tyshawn Sorey (*1980) is a composer, performer, educator, scholar, percussionist, trombonist, and pianist from Newark/USA. He currently lives and works in New York. He completed his doctoral studies at Columbia University this year and has taken up a professorship at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut in September, a position once held by his mentor, the composer and saxophonist Anthony Braxton.
Sorey is a 2017 recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship for “assimilating and transforming ideas from a broad spectrum of musical idioms and defying distinctions between genres, composition, and improvisation in a singular expression of contemporary music.” He has been Artist in Residence at this year’s Jazzfest Berlin. In the interview he talks about and being limited to a jazz drummer, his experiences in marching bands and the benefits of cookware.

Photos: Camille Blake

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Marte Röling on her record covers

Marte Röling (*1939) is a painter and sculptor from The Netherlands. She learned to draw from her father Gé Röling, who was also her teacher at the Rijksakademie (The Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam). From her mother, the painter Martine Antonie (Grolle), she learned in essence to look through things to the very core of the visible world.
Röling experienced success from a very young age. She was renowned for her fashion drawings for newspaper Het Parool, which have reached a number of over 1000 in 12 years. In the 1960s, Alan Bates, then representing the Dutch Label Fontana Records, commissioned Röling to design a series of album covers for avant-garde jazz releases.
In the interview, Marte Röling talks about her inspirations, a yellow ear and her surprise about her covers being exhibited in record stores.

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Presents: Helen Gillet (US/BE) live in Berlin

Helen Gillet (US/BE)

cello – loops – voice

Cellist, composer and improviser Helen Gillet crosses genres and moods by exploring deep funky grooves, electronic loops and her singing voice. Her music is inspired by Avantgarde Jazz, North Indian classical styles, French Chansons and Punkrock. Born in Belgium, Gillet has made her home in New Orleans since 2003. Don’t miss her first Berlin performances in years!

Listen to Helen Gillets wonderful interview with Silke Super at Radioeins, including her performing the new song “Slow Drag Pavageau” here:


Plus: Here’s the portrait about Helen Gillet by Antje Bonhage for Kulturradio: http://mediathek.rbb-online.de/radio/Kulturradio-am-Morgen/Helen-Gillet-Cellistin-und-Jazz-S%C3%A4ngeri/kulturradio/Audio?bcastId=9839110&documentId=43604004

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