ensemble unitedberlin & friends
Break & Change
Ensemble unitedberlin & friends, under the direction of conductor Ferenc Gábor, plays new works by composers from the southern Mediterranean region who are based there or who have developed a very particular relationship to their origins based on their experience of being in exile:
Hamza El Din from Sudan, Britain-based Moroccan Brahim Kerkour, Amr Okba from Egypt who now lives in Austria, Paris-based Karim Haddad from Lebanon, Munich-born Iyad Mohammad who is the son of Jordanian parents who originated from the Palestine, and Palestinian-Israeli composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi, who has long been based in Germany and currently lives in Berlin.
In different constellations, from mixed ensemble via string quartet to contrabass solo, works are confronted with one another in this multilayered concert that offer answers to the question of the relationship to the musicians’ own musical tradition and allow them to be expressed: integration, exclusion, critique and conscious disassociation become perceptible.
A collective of Western instruments is confronted by a soloist ensemble with Arab instruments in the form of musicians Bassem Hawar (Djoze), N. N. (Nay), Marwan Al Karjousli (Oud) and Hanan El-Shemouty (Quanoun) that, from an acoustic and technical perspective, highlights the contrast but also the commonalities of the musical traditions and practices.
Hamza El Din
for djoze and string quartet (1971)
And the days are not full enough
for solo double bass (2012)
for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2007)
for ensemble (2003)
Tahlila. Zwei Wiegenlieder für Abraham
WP / work commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik (2012/13)
for ensemble and four Arabic instruments (2006)