CAIRO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC DAYS 2015 APRIL 27TH – MAY 4TH epochs and regional characteristics of contemporary music. MUHAMMAD QADRI DALAL APRIL 27TH 8.00PM Raquel García-Tomás and Víctor de la Rosa Al Hanager Arts Center Sanok in 1997 for his piece “Two Songs for Soprano and String Orchestra” and the second prize at 2 Agosto 2012 international composition competition in Bologna for his piece Les Temps Des Pierres for Baritone and Symphony Orchestra. In 2014 received a fellowship by Rachel Hadas in memory of George Edwards to attend hisresidency at VCCA and the fellowship by Rockefeller foundation, Bellagio residency. DUO UMS'N JIP APRIL 28 7.00PM TH Muhammad Qadri Dalal OUD RECITAL Museum of Modern Egyptian Arts APRIL 29TH 7.00PM Duo UMS'n JIP Gerhart Theater - AUC New Campus APRIL 30TH 8.00PM Duo UMS'n JIP SILENCE The Oriental Hall - AUC Campus APRIL 28TH 7.00PM MUSEUM OF MODERN EGYPTIAN ARTS MAY 4TH 8.00PM OUD RECITAL Bassam Halaka & ECME ULTRAS Al Hanager Arts Center www.eecms-ebdaa.eu RAQUEL GARCÍA-TOMÁS AND VÍCTOR DE LA ROSA Muhammad Qadri Dalal was born in Aleppo, in northern Syria, in 1946. From the age of three he began to accompany his father, Sheikh Qadri Al-Sandjekdar, to Sufi zikr ceremonies. He was also regularly exposed to Arab classical music and Aleppan folk music, so it was a natural choice for him to become a musician. He studied oud with Bakri Al-Kurdi and Nadim Ali Al-Darwish, as well as the violin and Western music theory. Alongside his musical studies he also obtained a Master's degree in Arabic literature from AlAzhar University in Cairo, Egypt. From 1966 to 1971 he worked as a musician on Syrian television, followed by a spell as an oud teacher at the Casablanca National Conservatory in Morocco. This gave him a chance to study Arabo-Andalucian music with Hajj Idriss Benjellun. Dalal subsequently returned to Aleppo to teach and perform, but he has also toured internationally, most notably with the Al-Kindi Ensemble. He is also the author of a number of books on Arab music, including an oud method, and is a prolific composer of instrumental and vocal pieces. APRIL 29TH 7.00PM GERHART THEATER - AUC NEW CAMPUS UMS 'n JIP is one of the most innovative and accomplished contemporary music ensembles of our times. Founded in 2007 in Switzerland by Ulrike Mayer-Spohn [UMS] and Javier Hagen [JIP], it is yet one of the most active ensembles worldwide performing >100 concerts annually and totalling >150 commissioned works. UMS 'n JIP explore new musical and scenic settings for voice, recorders and electronics ranging from live to digital performance as well as European to nonEuropean music. Since their studies (composing, audio design & musical performance) in Holland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, UMS and JIP have been invited to This Oud Recital is part of our new project Caprice, that is dealing with the integration of traditional Arabic music instruments in the context of Contemporary Music. In the forefront of the concert there will be a discussion with the Swiss composer Oscar Bianchi and the Syrian composer Zaid Jabri on the possibilities of integrating the lute in Contemporary compositions for western ensembles. APRIL 27TH 8.00PM, AL HANAGER ARTS CENTER prestigious contemporary music festivals all around the world. GLITCHED ACQUISITIONS Sound of Nature Stone: Speeches (interlude) Debug Nature of Sound OSCAR BIANCHI & ZAID JABRI BASSAM HALAKA & THE EGYPTIAN CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEBLE Glitched Acquitistions is a journey across a particular universe in which sound and image are explored through glitch art. Composer Raquel García-Tomás and clarinettist Víctor de la Rosa have created a multidisciplinary project in which the main feature is an improvised musical performance alongside a video, set within a larger structure where performers interact with the visual cues. Raquel García-Tomás is a composer specialized in multidisciplinary creation who is currently pursuing a Doctorate at the Royal College of Music supported by the Major Van Someren Godfrey Memorial Award. Major projects include collaborations with the English National Ballet, the Royal British Society of Sculptors and the Royal Academy of Arts. Raquel has received commissions and worked with BCN216, PluralEnsemble, CrossingLines Ensemble, Barcelona Reed Quintet, Experimental Funktion, Taller Sonoro and many others. Since 2008 her works have been premiered and performed all around Europe. Victor de la Rosa studied with Joan Enric Lluna and Harry Sparnaay (bass clarinet) at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, where he achieved his HonoursBachelor of Music degree. Then he moved to London to achieve his Master in Performance at the Royal College of Music where he studied with Tim Lines, Janet Hilton, Andrew Marriner, and Michael Harris. Victor has always been attracted by New Music and to the collaboration with composers. His love for Contemporary Music has lead to more than 30 premieres of works for clarinet and bass clarinet by many composers. The Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble (ECME) Established by the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society e.V in 2010, the ECME presents a series of concerts every season as Guest Artists of the Department of Performing and Visual Arts at the American University in Cairo . This gathering of some of the finest Egyptian musicians from several generatations, the ensemble has the desire to share their experience and pass on their practical knowledge by exposing students to important works of contemporary music. The concert series in the in the Ewart Memorial Hall explores different themes, styles MAY 4TH 8.00PM AL HANAGER ARTS CENTER APRIL 28TH 1.00PM MUSEUM OF MODERN EGYPTIAN ARTS Oscar Bianchi Born in Milan. He completed degrees in composition, choir conducting and electronic music at the Giuseppe Verdi conservatory of Milan. He pursued studies in composition taking part in master programs such as at IRCAM - Centre Pompidou and with a doctoral degree at Columbia University in New York. Vitality, pulsing rhythms, and virtuosity are the hallmarks of the music created by Bianchi, who reveals a sensible interest in new phrasings and new ornamentations, something to be expected from someone whose ears are finely attuned to the music from all corners of the globe. A vocal quality, even in his instrumental work, can strike us as a prominent feature of his music. Zaid Jabri Born in Damscus. He completed his M.A. degree with honours from the Music Academy of Cracow in Poland where he studied composition with Zbigniew Bujarski and his PhD at the same school under the supervision of Professor Krzysztof Penderecki. He won the first prize at the Adam Didur Composers' Competition in EECMS Team: Sherif El Razzaz | Tarek Krohn | Daniel Schmidt | Ahmed Mokhtar | Mohamed Mokhtar © 2015 EECMS-Ebdaa Ultras (for E-Cello and Live Electronics) KlangFahrtBen (for Bass Clarinet and Live Electronics) ver-bin-gun-gen (for Percussion, B-Clarinet, E-Cello and Live Electronics) Dumpf, dann Hell! Khaled Abdallah Dagher – e-cello Nesma Abdel Aziz – percussion Sherif el Razzaz – bass-clarinet Bassam Halaka - live electronic The work Ultras starts with Bassem Youssef's voice, saying "those dead young men were not just football fans; they were standing as men in the field and outside of it. Their guilt was saying the word of truth, whilst many others surrendered early. Righteous men who kept their word until their death". Afterwards an original cheering from a previous football match is played, saying: "when I stop cheering, I would definitely be dead". This piece reflects the panic, fear, escape, chaos and agony which broke out when hundreds of thugs brutally attacked peaceful football fans. Bassam Halaka is a composer, producer, musician, conductor and performer. His original style, that is mainly influenced by Eastern and Western music, creates an inimitable bond between the Orient and Europe. His compositions are a search for an art that combines “two souls in one musical body” and that aims to make the art, which everyone of us has inside himself – the tradition of our own culture – understandable to people from other cultures.
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