This three-part concert will begin with an exploration of the acoustic capabilities of the Parochialkirche by bagpipe-virtuoso Erwan Keravec, who will perform works by Heiner Goebbels, Philip Glass and Éliane Radigue. Twelve performers will transform the church’s interior into a magical space with a collective composition based on North African vocal techniques. And finally, Mark Andre’s work “rwḥ 1”, performed by Ensemble Resonanz, will activate the venue’s nature of a sacred space.
The Parochialkirche – Berlin’s oldest Protestant church – is the impressive setting of this three-part concert. In its beginning, Erwan Keravec (*1974) opens new dimensions to the ancient instrument of the bagpipes. Heiner Goebbels (*1952), Philip Glass (*1937) and Éliane Radigue (*1932) have each uniquely sounded out what this seemingly traditional instrument can do: astonishing sounds and textures that form a bridge between immemorial sonic recollection and contemporary expression. The night continues with Myriam Van Imschoot’s (*1969) collective vocal piece “YOUYOUYOU”, which draws upon the vernacular custom of the “youyou” and “zagharit” – a shrill trill practiced by women in North-Africa and the “Middle East”. Mark Andre’s (*1964) latest ensemble piece “rwḥ 1” closes the concert by embracing the audience in a spatial setup. The Aramaen word “ruach” denotes a range of terms such as wind, air, breath, fragrance, intensity, and spirit, pointing at the genuinely spiritual world of Andre’s musical exegesis.
for bagpipe solo
Two Pages (1968)
for piano, transferred for bagpipe
Occam XXVII (2019)
for bagpipe solo
for 12 performers
Berlin Edition (2020)
Myriam Van Imschoot composition & conductor, in collaboration with Anissa Rouas
for ensemble and electronics (2019)