IMPULS in Berlin: Human landscapes

news_2017-11_Serigraphien Zafraan Ensemble © Adam Berry

31. October 2017

On 19 November 2017, the IMPULS festival and the Zafraan Ensemble join forces for a special evening at the Musikbrauerei. The event will also feature Salome Kammer, Manuel Nawri, Neue Vocalsolisten and the Tana Quartet presenting new works by Johannes Schöllhorn, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Raphaël Cendo, Elena Mendoza, Annette Mengel and Nicolai Worsaae.

The segments curated by Salome Kammer and the Zafraan Ensemble (starting at 4 and 8 pm) will feature performances ranging in scope from solos to full ensembles. The evening will open and close with works by Samir Odeh-Tamimi, a composer whose music cries out to be heard. With their use of spoken singing and archaic rhythms, his compositions draw upon the very origins of music, evoking intense communication. Accordingly, the other works on the programme for the evening thematize the search for a common language and the appropriation of the previously unknown. Some pieces, such as Elena Mendoza’s compositions or the premiere of Umnachtungen by Annette Mengel, approach the topic from a poetic-philosophical perspective; other composers take a spatial (Sarah Nemtsov), graffiti-style (Nicolai Worsaae), or humoristic (Györgi Kurtág) view. One particular highlight will be the premiere of Johannes Schöllhorn’s complete Sérigraphies cycle, in which five of Gabriel Fauré’s late piano works are compositionally re-interpreted, pouring their blend of beauty and unfamiliarity into a completely new mould.

The middle segment (starting at 5:30 pm) will feature the German premiere of Raphaël Cendo’s Delocazione, a seventy-minute piece co-commissioned by IMPULS and written for the French-Belgian Tana Quartet and the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. Based on texts by Claude Royet-Journoud, Georges Did-Huberman, Rainer-Maria Rilke, and Georges Bataille, the work was originally premiered in October at Festival Musica in Strasbourg, and German audiences will now be able to experience it for the first time.

Between segments, concertgoers are invited to relax and enjoy refreshments in the spectacular Musikbrauerei space, and to participate in a discussion led by festival intendant Hans Rotman (starting at 7 pm), with Johannes Schöllhorn, Annette Mengel, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, and other featured artists.

Part I / 16:00
Salome Kammer (soprano), Zafraan Ensemble
Samir Odeh-Tamimi: New piece for harp and electronics (2017), WP
Nicolai Worsaae: Tags for soprano, clarinet and piano (2012), GP
Elena Mendoza: Die Macht der Gewohnheit for solo violin (2014)
Györgi Kurtág: Einige Sätze aus den Sudelbüchern Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs op. 37 for soprano and double bass (1999)
Annette Mengel: Umnachtungen for soprano, violin, viola, violoncello and piano (2016), WP

Part II / 5:30 pm
Quatuor Tana and Neue Vocalsolisten
Delocazione by Raphaël Cendo (German Premiere)
Including texts by Claude Royet-Journoud, Georges Didi-Huberman, Rainer-Maria Rilke, Georges Bataille

Part III / 7 pm
In conversation
Hans Rotman and Johannes Schöllhorn, Annette Mengel, Samir Odeh-Tamimi, and other featured artists

Part IV / 8 pm
Zafraan Ensemble, Manuel Nawri (Dirigent), Salome Kammer (Stimme)
Johannes Schöllhorn: sérigraphies for flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and violoncello (2007-2017), WP *
Sarah Nemtsov: Ver-Suche for flute, violoncello, vibraphone and harp (2006)
Elena Mendoza: Gramática de lo indecible for flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, percussion, violin and violoncello (2008/2009)
Samir Odeh-Tamimi: Alif for ensemble and voice (2015)

* Composition commission by Zafraan Ensemble, funded by the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung.

Part I and IV are supported by the Initiative Neue Musik Berlin.

Please find more informationen about the entire programme from 4 to 9 pm here. Box office and doors open at 3:30 pm. Tickets are valid for admission to all four parts:

Sunday, 19 November 2017, 4 to 9 pm
Musikbrauerei (Greifswalder Straße 23a, 10405 Berlin)