P r o j e c t s
P r o j e c t s
31.Oct 2019 | 7:00 pm
Jazzfest Berlin
Anthony Braxton’s Sonic Genome

The Conference of the Birds

A Persian Epic Adapted for the 21st Century

“If you will but aspire, you will attain to all that you desire. It is life’s strength, the wings by which we fly beyond the further reaches of the sky.”

Attar, 12th century

Farid ud-Din Attar’s epic poem The Conference of the Birds narrates the journey of the world’s birds through the valleys of desire and love, knowledge and unity on their search for the divine Simorq. After an arduous journey, 30 birds reach mount Kaf, where the Simorq is known to reside.

Attar’s 12th-century poem speaks of the quest for the meaning of life, of power, migration, diversity, and exile. As part of long-term project, Cymin Samawatie and Ketan Bhatti adapt this epic in a piece for chamber orchestra and vocals.