Outernational is a new concert series exploring the practice of transtraditional music. Along dissolving borders, we listen to music as a story of change and migration.
Developed with outstanding soloists, the interdisciplinary programmes will celebrate their premiere at the radialsystem in Berlin, from where they will make guest appearances in Europe. Political, social and postcolonial issues are addressed in the accompanying ’Outernational listening’ sessions.
The question with which ears these new sound spaces can be entered is also part of the process. Each concert is accompanied by a multimedia discourse format called ’Outernational listening’, in which musicians, philosophers, sociologists and scientists talk to the audience about topics related to the concerts. In addition, a digital focus is created around each concert on the platform van-outernational.com.
After the development phase at Berlin’s radialsystem and the respective premiere, the concert projects are presented at European festivals such as the Chios Music Festival or the Rainy Days Festival in Luxembourg. The series is curated by Elisa Erkelenz.
DISTURBING THE UNIVERSAL/ DIY
With their secret knowledge and intellect, with their will to upset the divine order and their revolutionary character, tricksters are shape-shifters. The Berlin Trickster Orchestra unites musicians of different traditions to a sound of trans-traditional music – a resounding mirror of the multiplural society. With guests from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Bangalore, the soloist ensemble deals in this new concert project with the question of change. How does the new come into the world? Through destruction, mutation, imitation, adaptation or revolution?
WA & DAVUL
15 January 2021, concert film
Kamilya Jubran is one of the most formative voices of the Arab avant-garde that influences an entire generation today. Accompanied by the Swiss trumpet player and electronic artist Werner Hasler, the singer enters a new space with her programme. The musician Cevdet Erek from Istanbul dedicates his performance to the davul, a bass drum that is widely used in regions from Eastern Europe to the Middle East. They are accompanied by baroque and renaissance sounds constructing old listening spaces from fundament to ornament.
20 January 2021, in German
In the second edition of the Outernational Listening Sessions professor Naika Foroutan, Director and Head of Department of “Integration Research and Social Policy” at the Berlin Institute for Empirical Integration and Migration Research, and the social scientist Esra Küçük, Managing Director of the Allianz Kulturstiftung (Allianz Cultural Foundation), will discuss questions concerning a post-migrant society.
ISLES & RIVERS
A program in flux, along consolidating and dissolving borders: Persian and European baroque flows into improvisations to live electronics, sometimes foaming, sometimes deep, sometimes quiet. A new composition by Yannis Kyriakides for the entire instrumentation from Greek lyre to theorbo is dedicated to the philosopher Metrodorus of the island of Chios. From the Mediterranean as a space of sound and thought we come to the island as a former utopia.