Trickster Orchestra performs in varying lineups and sizes. Among its collective are superb musicians and vocalists from genres such as electronic and new music, global classical music traditions, jazz, weird pop, and free improvisation. The ensemble does not simply paste these together, but strives to discover a shared, contemporary musical language.
Based in the conviction that present-day culture is post-exotic, Trickster Orchestra envisions new music that transcends genres and cultures. Traditions and skills rather become tools for improvisation that triggers musical innovation. Thereby, the orchestra opens up completely new sonic experiences for both musicians and audiences in its concerts and its collaborations with contemporary dance and poetry.
Trickster Orchestra was founded in 2013 by Cymin Samawatie and Ketan Bhatti, first named Divan der Kontinente. The orchestra was born out of a collaboration of Cymin Samawatie and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which prompted her to create an ensemble for musical experiments uniting members of Berlin’s free and independent music scene and institutionalized ensembles.
In 2015, Trickster Orchestra received international attention after its performance at Jazzfest Berlin, described by festival director Richard Williams as one of the most exciting orchestras from the German capital. After concerts in Europe and Western Asia, the orchestra initiated its own projects, including Modara – Festival for Contemporary Music and Divan Berlin-İstanbul – TransPositions between Poetry and Music.