Ugarit (SYR)

Walid Khatba – Violine
Abdalhade Deb – UD & Soloist

Ugarit is an ancient port and Bronze Age trading city in northern Syria. Its people spoke a Semitic language written in a distinctive cuneiform alphabet. Abdalhade Deb & Walid Khatba, both graduate the Higher Institute of Music in Damascus and have been working together very successfully over the past years…

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Hasan Yükselir (TUR)

The soloist and composer Hasan Yükselir lives and works in Berlin and in Istanbul. He completed his musical education at the Gazi University Ankara and subsequently received his M.A. from the Faculty of Language, History and Geography of the University of Ankara. There, he received instruction in composition from Turgut Aldemir and vocal instruction from Sevim Çıdamlı (Soprano). Hasan Yükselir ranks among the exceptional creative musical talents of his country. He composes and adapts traditional Turkish folk songs into both western classical musical forms as well as into jazz idioms and renders them in his classically trained voice. He performed in theatrical plays and musicals, published several CDs and composed film music for the Turkish and German television…

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Giora Feidman Trio (ISR)

The trio with clarinet, guitar and double bass was Feidman’s “classic” cast. In this formation, starting in the United States, he injected decisive impulses into the renaissance of klezmer music and, with his trio, later caused the “Spirit of Klezmer” also to become very popular in Germany. Klezmer songs are much more than simple musical arrangements. Not only the melodies, but also the emotional manner, in which the interpretations emerge are what make this kind of music so unique. The very soul is brought to resonate – from the first through to the last second.

The well-rehearsed musicians fit perfectly to one another as they almost compete against each other, each encouraging the other, supplementing something that the other began, adding points, imitating, counteracting the sequences of the partnering instruments – often with concentrated earnestness and sometimes good for a light-hearted prank. Everyone, who is able to attend, is swept away.
Every concert is one-of-a-kind…

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Mariachi “Dos Aguilas” (MEX)

The Mariachi Band „Dos Aguilas“ brings the authentic Mexican Mariachi sound to Germany and Europe. he name of the band „Dos Aguilas“ („Two Eagles“) indicates their connection to Germany and Mexico, …

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Trio Hellas (GRC)

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Erdem Şimşek (TUR)

Erdem Şimşek was born in Ankara, on 1984. He is one of the prominent baglama performers of younger generation. He started to play baglama when he was six with the influences of his grandfather Asık Suleyman Kocak. He graduated from METU, Geological Engineering Department in 2007.

He completed his ethnomusicology master degree in ITU MIAM, where he worked as a research assistant until 2015. He continues his doctoral studies in ITU Musicology and Music Theory Program and works as a lecturer in ITU Turkish Music State Concervatory Instrument Department. Behind the concerts with Bengi Baglama Trio and Lal Baglama Trio he has been performing in many different international music projects such as the ones with Dresden Sinfoniker and Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra. He performed in many music programs in national TV (TRT), like Bergüzar, Dem Bu Dem, Katre, Yediveren, Telli Turnam…

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Christophe Bourdoiseau (FRA)

Der Franzose Christophe Bourdoiseau präsentiert französische Chansons im traditionellen Sinne. Aber seine eigenen Lieder sind keine Erzählungen über die Bohème in Paris sondern spielen in Berlin nach der Wende im Stadtviertel Prenzlauer Berg. Immer wieder wird er dabei von wunderbaren Musikern begleitet, die seine romantischen Chansons durch slawische und swingende…

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Sina Nossa (PRT)

Seven musicians from North Rhine-Westphalia shared their passion for fado. In 2005, five Portuguese, a Brazilian and a German founded Sina Nossa – or in English: our destiny. While fado is the driving force, anyone expecting Sina Nossa to be a classical fado ensemble is in for a surprise because the musicians fuse their musical roots with elements from classical music, jazz, pop and folklore and bring their different musical characters to bear, imbuing the music with their own, inimitable style.

The melancholy and world-weariness of the fado are mingled with rhythm, carefree vivacity and joie de vivre, but without pathos…

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Die Grenzgänger (DEU)

Music from the world meets German folk song and chanson

Die Grenzgänger (The front-lineers) from Bremen gave guest performances throughout the Federal Republic, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Austria and Sweden with a stirring mix of chanson, folk song, jazz, blues and music cabaret. Deutschlandradio sent the group as a German contribution to the Festival of European Broadcasting in Norway.
In the current line-up, the „Grenzgänger“ sound as powerful and virtuosic as it is rare…

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