ensemble unitedberlin & friends

Break & Change

ensemble unitedberlin

ensemble unitedberlin

© Matthias Bothor

Past Dates

Deutschlandradio Kultur will broadcast a live-recording of the concert on 24 March 2013 at 20:03.
Listen to Deutschlandradio Kultur in Berlin on 89,6 MHz and Digital 5c.

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.

Traditional Music

Hamza El Din
for djoze and string quartet (1971)

Karim Haddad
And the days are not full enough
for solo double bass (2012)

Brahim Kerkour
for flute, clarinet, trombone, violin, viola, cello and double bass (2007)

Amr Okba
for ensemble (2003)

Iyad Mohammad
Tahlila. Zwei Wiegenlieder für Abraham
WP / work commissioned by Berliner Festspiele / MaerzMusik (2012/13)

Samir Odeh-Tamimi
for ensemble and four Arabic instruments (2006)

Traditional Music

ensemble unitedberlin & friends
Ferenc Gábor, conductor

Guests: Duo Sidare
Osama Abdulrasol, qanun
Samir Mansour, oud
Adnan Schnan, nay