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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GaMaNia (DEU)

„GaMaNia“is an imaginary country that Gabriela and Martin discovered; a country that has similarities with germany, and with everyone that speaks or sings in german.

Everyone that plays or sings along with them achieves thereby the citizenship of GaMaNia and is a GaManian. Multiple citizenships are welcome. It is a nice coincidence that Ga Ma & Ni are tone syllables in indian music, and correspond with the note names E F & B or with the syllables Mi Fa & Ti in Solfeggio…

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Flamenco Sentío (ESP)

Sentío means „the feeling“ in Spanish. Flamenco consists of the individual feelings of single artists which intertwine the basic elements flamenco (song, guitar, dance). That allows for creativity and improvisation.
The artists Rubio Montero (song), Diego Rocha (guitar), Marie Estrada (dance) have been working together very successfully over the past years. Last year at MainWeltmusik festival 2016 was a very successful celebration. The group „Sentío“ is pleased to present flamenco with a lot sentío at the festival…

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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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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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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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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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Duo Doyna (DEU)

The Duo Doyna combines musical worlds in lively Frejlachs and fast Bulgarian dances from the traditional wedding and dance music of the Eastern European Jews, Sephardic sounds from the Mediterranean region and their own compositions: The touching and rousing Klezmer melodies, which have been associated for centuries with the farmer dances of the East and South-Eastern European countries, grow in the virtuoso improvisations of the duo beyond themselves and combine with hints of jazz, rock and funk…

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Tolgahan Çoğulu (TUR)

Tolgahan Çoğulu (b. 1978 in Ankara, Turkey) began his classical guitar studies at the age of twelve. He studied with Ayhan Akkaya, Soner Egesel, Bekir Kucukay and Ricardo Moyano between 1996-2001. He has participated in Iserlohn, Lambesc, Esztregom and Westfalian guitar festivals and studied with guitarists such as Roland Dyens, Carlo Domeniconi, Dale Kavanagh, William Kanensiger and Jorge Cardoso.
He received both Master of Music and PhD degrees on classical guitar from Istanbul Technical University, Center for Advanced Studies in Music where he studied with Soner Egesel and Bekir Küçükay. His PhD thesis is entitled ‘The Adaptation of Baglama Techniques into Classical Guitar Performance’ and…

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Vural Güler

The musician and instructor Vural Güler was born in 1971 in Ankara. For over 20 years he has performed all varieties of bağlama, tar and lute. He appears regularly at intercultural music and song recitals, concerts, and festivals in Germany, Turkey, and other European countries.
In his performances, Vural Güler adapts traditional Anatolian folk songs into an elegant and modern idiom. Rhythms and instruments are combined in new and innovative ways and harmonically complement his soft and resonant voice…

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