With the project “Songs between Euphrates and Elbe – What’s New between the Streams” the Babylon ORCHESTRA collaborates with young contemporary composers and literary figures from the Near and Middle East. In the third concert in the series, musical and literary traditions will once again be placed in dialogue with modernity. This time the Palestinian-Canadian composer John Kameel Farah has been invited to expand the orchestra with his Oriental-minimalist piano and electronic sounds. Already during his studies John Kameel Farah showed an interest in the avant-garde streams of the 20th century, developing his own style from his experience in various jazz and improv scenes, his work with electronic instruments, and borrowings from Renaissance harpsichord music. The concert will also present new pieces by the contemporary composer Amen Feizabadi from Iran, including a musical setting of a text from a scene written by the Iranian film director Farnaz Jurabchian. Feizabadi himself will also be on stage as a setar player.
A special guest soloist for the evening will be the Dutch-Iranian soprano Lilian Farahani. She has made a home on Europe’s opera stages and has already sung at renowned festivals such as the summer festival in Aix-en-Provence. Alongside new pieces, she will also sing works from the classical and traditional repertoire with the members of the Babylon ORCHESTRA. Some of the musicians from the orchestra will present pieces by Damir Bacikin, Mischa Tangian and others.
On top of all that, the programme will also include intermezzi in the form of poems by the Syrian poet Widad Nabi underscored by music and read by the German-Iraqi actress Susana Abdulmajid.
Introduction by Yalda Yazdani / 7pm
The Iranian musicologist and tar player Yalda Yazdani, who lives in Berlin, explains in a talk the post revolutionary situation of Iranian female singers. She thereby also focuses on the Iranian-Dutch soprano singer Lilian Farahani, who will sing as a special guest that night. The talk will be moderated by Clara Henssen.