Panel / Livestream Video
Afro-Modernism

Afrodiasporic Experimentalism

A discussion on the phenomenon of the Afrodiaspora

A panel of interdisciplinary artists extensively engaged with sound discuss diverse engagements and experiences with the Afrodiasporic in their respective media.

Woodwork (detail) in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele during the renovation / rebuilding in 2010

Planking (detail) in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele during the first phase of renovation in 2010

© Berliner Festspiele, photo: Kordula Rüter

Past Dates

The 2021 festival edition takes place online.
Watch this event in the festival stream or from 25 March on MaerzMusik on Demand.

The protracted silence within avantgarde music that surrounds composers of the African diaspora provides the starting point for this concert project curated by the American musician, composer and academic George Lewis. With works by Alvin Singleton, Tania León, Daniel Kidane, Andile Khumalo, Hannah Kendall and Jessie Cox the musicians of the Ensemble Modern under conductor Vimbayi Kaziboni open up a panorama of music from the African diaspora that is more significant than ever in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.

With

Jessica Ekomane sound artist, electronic musician, composer, Berlin
Christina Wheeler vocalist, electronic musician, composer, Berlin
Minou Arjomand University of Texas at Austin; fellow Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
George Lewis moderator, Columbia University; fellow Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
and others

In collaboration with Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin