Songs of Wounding

When: 23 March 2022, 19:00

Where: Akademie der Künste Berlin, Hanseatenweg 10, 10557 Berlin

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Allianz Kulturstiftung and Outernational, in cooperation with Akademie der Künste Berlin, have organized an event in solidarity with Ukraine: Our thoughts are with all those who are suffering from this war – both inside and outside the country. A war against Ukraine is a war against Europe. 

As Allianz Kulturstiftung, we have been standing up for social cohesion in Europe for the past twenty years. Together, we are committed to peaceful coexistence and open societies. We want to send a clear signal of solidarity and call for donations.

The focus of the evening was the Outernational concert Songs of Wounding, created by the Ukrainian singer Mariana Sadovska. In an extensive research project, Sadovska created audio recordings in Ukrainian villages and explored various singing techniques that have been forgotten in the country’s collective memory. The composer Max Andrzejewski set these to music in close dialogue with Sadovska.

The singers
Ganna Gryniva and Viktoria Leléka performed further Ukrainian songs. Alongside literary and artistic voices from the region and Germany such as Navid Kermani, we were taking a stand for cross-border solidarity!  Following the concert, Berlin's Senator for Culture and Europe Klaus Lederer discussed funding opportunities for artists in exile with Esra Kücük, managing director of the Allianz Kulturstiftung, and the activist and conductor Vitali Alekseenok. The associations n-ost and Ukraine-Hilfe Berlin shortly presented their work. 

Approximately 400 guests were present at the solidarity concert.

With: Mariana Sadovska (vocals), Max Andrzejewski (percussion and composition), Pavel Zuzanski and Rebecca Beyer (violin), Andreas Arend (theorbo), Lea Rahel Bader (gamba), James Banner (double bass), Marta Zapparoli (sound collage), Ganna Gryniva and Viktoria Leléka (vocals).
Curated by Elisa Erkelenz (Outernational). 

Donations are collected for two initiatives that are currently providing help on site, both for refugee civilians and journalists. You can already donate now:
Photo: Ivano-Frankivs'ka oblast, Ukraine. Credits: Max Kukurudziak on Unsplash.
Photo: The journalist Maxim Dondyk in Kyiv. Credits: Efrem Lukatsky.
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Who: Outernational

Where: Germany, Athens, Chios/Greece, France, Turkey 

When: 2022-2023

Van Outernational
Radial Stiftung/ radialsystem
Chios Music Festival

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.

Outernational listening and VAN Outernational 

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 

Laboratory in Berlin - guest performances in Europe

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.

Mariana Sadovska/ Max Andrzejewski/ Marta Zapparoli
2 December 2021, radialsystem, Berlin

An evening that meanders between experimental pop, noise and contemporary music and whose substance opens a couple of wounds:  the music  orbits darkness, wounds, pain and revolt...
Singer and composer Mariana Sadovska has explored and recorded various singing techniques in Ukraine that have fallen out of collective memory.
Belarusian conductor Vitali Alekseenok and choreographer Stephanie Thiersch will participate at the listening session Rituals of Wounding.

Sokratis Sinopoulos/ Bijan & Keyvan Chemirani/ Yannis Kyriakides
7/8 August 2021, Chios Music Festival, Greece
12 September 2021, radialsystem, Berlin
18 November 2021, Rainy Days Festival, Luxembourg

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.

Listening Session  »Water Walls«

This listening session with Kübra Gümüşay & Yannis Kyriakides accompanied a program in flux, along consoladating and dissolving borders, the concert edition Isles & Rivers.


Leopold Hurt, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi, Golnar Shahyar, Mona Matbou Riahi, Elsa M'Bala
3 August 2021, radialsystem, Berlin 

In Amazon Stories soloists from a wide range of artistic practices - from Persian classical music to performative voice art to zither, composition and video - become a community of practice, searching for possibilities of "coming together" in a fractured world and negotiating spaces and potentials of diversity. Compositions and improvisations in various instrumentations meet archive recordings of Iranian songs; myths of freedom and Amazons unfold a symbolic life of their own on a visual level. Musically, the concert performance wanders from compositions from the collective to improvisational encounters in various constellations to electronics and composed, ancient music.

Listening Session:  »Another Ethics Of Listening«
3 August 2021, radialsystem, Berlin 

In this listening session, political and cultural scientist Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan and composer and percussionist Ketan Bhatti dialogue on the art and ethics of listening in our contemporary societies. 
The film accompanied the concert »Outernational: Amazon Stories«.

Trickster Orchestra & Guests
25 October 2020, radialsystem, Berlin 

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? 

Kamilya Jubran/Cevdet Erek/Werner Hasler
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.
Listening Session "Postmigrantische Gesellschaft im Wandel“
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.