Gosheven a.k.a. Bálint Szabó’s latest release “Antipodal Polyphony” is inspired by a disappearing local culture of the Solomon Islands. This essay is about his background research for this project.
German composer, performer and instrument designer Werner Durand dives into his personal history of the dual worlds of experiments with eastern traditions versus the western traditions of experiments.
The essay is complemented by his musical contribution „ Soft Turbulences”, played on the Pan-Ney, an instrument of his own design tuned in just Intonation.
Concert series Kontraklang – REMAIIN’s Berlin partner organization – focuses on the film music of composer Teiji Ito for its first activity as part of the project. A lecture performance/film titled “The Cosmic Music of Teiji Ito”, created by Michiko Ogawa and Manuel Pessoa de Lima, can be streamed for free on this website.
German contemporary music journalist Martina Seeber zooms in on the non-Western musical influences in the work of legendary avant-garde composer Giacinto Scelsi and disperses several misconceptions about his life and creative output. The text is accompanied by a musical homage to Scelsi by saxophonist Andre Vida and composer Augustin Maurs.
Reflecting on artists and collaborators who have passed away since the start of the Coronavirus crisis, writer, educator and musician David Toop explores how the transmission of music between disparate cultures can be a tool against populism and prejudice.
Improvising guitarist, composer and educator Joe Morris considers the non-western musical influences on his playing and on the field of “creative” and improvised music in general.