P r o j e c t s
P r o j e c t s
14.Sep 2024 | 8:00 pm
UNSETTLING SOUNDS: Iran & Afghanistan
Goethe-Institut in Exile / Part of the Month of Contemporary Music Berlin of the initiative new music / field notes berlin
03.May 2025 | 8:00 pm
Wittener Tage für Neue Kammermusik

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Komische Oper Berlin & Trickster Orchestra

“They were always told that the quotas for refugees were already exhausted.”

Gabriel Adorjan

In this collaboration between Komische Oper Berlin and Trickster Orchestra, musicians of both ensembles join to reflect on the themes of fleeing and settling in a new place through music and spoken word.

The lineup features 16 musicians, whose very diverse family histories connect in one way or the other with the experience of forced migration, either through their grandparents, their parents, or through their own biographies. As musicians speak about the time after flight and arrival, settling in unknown places, and about their families’ expectations, hopes, and disillusionment, a composition premiers, whose instrumental lineup mirrors such displacement and migration in sound. The Japanese koto, the Arabic kanun, the European tuba all join the narration of their musician’s family histories.

In this music film performance, their sounds and melodies remind us of the globally shared realities of forced migration, seeking a new home, and inheriting such existential experiences as children and grandchildren.


Composition & Director Cymin Samawatie
Composition Ketan Bhatti
Paetzold Recorders Susanne Fröhlich
Contrabass Flute Tilmann Dehnhard
Oboe Tjadina Wake-Walker
Bassoon María José García Zamora
Sheng Wu Wei
Bass Clarinet & Electronics Milian Vogel
Tuba Sebastian Wagemann
Koto Naoko Kikuchi
Kanun Bassem Alkhouri
Percussion & Mallets Gunter Sturm
Violin Gabriel Adorjan
Viola Anna Lysenko
Cello Thomas Helms
Double Bass Ralf Schwarz
Vocals Cymin Samawatie
Drums Ketan Bhatti