Livestream Video
Halim El-Dabh

Halim El-Dabh – Invocations

Livestreams from the Haus der Berliner Festspiele and from SAVVY Contemporary

This joint project by MaerzMusik and SAVVY Contemporary presents concerts, lectures and films reflecting the work of Egyptian-American musician, composer, electronic music pioneer, musicologist and teacher Halim El-Dabh (1921 – 2017). World premieres by Sofia Jernberg, Mazen Kerbaj, Ute Wassermann, Mena Mark Hanna and others.

An early form of graphic notation from Egypt (detail)

An early form of graphic notation from Egypt (detail), documented in the book ‘Musicologie pharaonique’ by ethnomusicologist Hans Hickmann, Kehl am Rhein 1956

Past Dates

The 2021 festival edition takes place online.
Watch this event in the festival stream or on MaerzMusik on Demand

Programme
 

Live from SAVVY Contemporary

Room One: Beyond a Note. Annotating Halim El-Dabh

16:00
In Memory of Bona Kingsley Manga Bell

16:10
Halim El-Dabh speaks

16:15
Welcome
SAVVY Contemporary welcomes Halim El-Dabh to Berlin in a conversation with the team behind this growing work and research, exploring new ways of relating, listening and reading the history of our ancestors.
With Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung, Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock, Berno Odo Polzer and Kamila Metwaly for a collective reflection

16:30
World Premiere
Ali Hasan, 2021, “Melanging Rhythms”

16:55
Dance Interlude
Lois Alexander, 2021, “Meditation in White Sounds Variation #1”

17:05
Panel 1: “Annotating Halim El-Dabh”
Jessica Ekomane, Lorenzo Sandoval and Ali Hasan in conversation with Lynhan Balatbat-Helbock

17:50
Visual Interlude
Ali Demirel: “Visual responses to the sonic compositions of Halim El-Dabh”
“Taabir El-Zaar”, 1944 (1’58) and “Electronic Fanfare”, 1959-61 (7’07)

Live from Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Room Two: Beyond a Fragment. Mekta in the Art of Kita

18:00
World Premiere
Mena Mark Hanna, 2021, “For Halim”
A solo piece for voice written for Sofia Jernberg

18:10
Sofia Jernberg, 2015, “One Pitch: Birds for Distortion and Mouth Synthesizers”

18:30
Sofia Jernberg, 2021, “To Bathe Sore Hearts”

Live from SAVVY Contemporary

18:40
Halim speaks

18:45
Dance Interlude
Lois Alexander, 2021, “Meditation in White Sounds Variation 2”

19:00
Panel 2: “Mekta in the Art of Kita”
Jessie Cox, Mena Mark Hanna and Magda Mayas in conversation with Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung

19:45
Visual Interlude
Ali Demirel: “Visual responses to the sonic compositions of Halim El-Dabh”
“Laiyla and the Poet”, 1959, "“Visitation No. 8” (3’20) and “Visitation No. 4” (4’06)

Live from Haus der Berliner Festspiele

20:00
World Premiere
Ute Wassermann and Mazen Kerbaj, 2021, “Revisitations”

Live from SAVVY Contemporary

Room Three: Beyond the Score. Untiming Time in Halim El-Dabh

20:45
Dance Performance
Medhat Aldaabal, 2021, “Hulm Part 1”
With visuals of Ali M. Demirel

21:05
SAVVY team reads Halim El-Dabh

21:20
World Premiere
Jessie Cox with Wu Wei and Nicola Hein, 2021, “Sound Is Where Drums Meet”

Live from Haus der Berliner Festspiele

22:00
World Premiere
Jessica Ekomane, 2021, “Music Enriched by Traditions from the Depth of Time”

Live from SAVVY Contemporary

22:35
World Premiere
Magda Mayas, 2021, “Poetic Friction – Sounding Halim El-Dabh’s Piano Work”

23:05
Dance Interlude
Lois Alexander, 2021, “Meditation in White Sounds Variation 3”

23:20
Panel 3: “Beyond the Score. Untiming Time in Halim El-Dabh”
Ute Wassermann, Mazen Kerbaj and Sofia Jernberg in conversation with Kamila Metwaly

23:55
Dance Performance
Medhat Aldaabal, 2021, “Hulm Part 2”

00:15
Halim Speaks

In collaboration with SAVVY Contemporary