With their secret knowledge and intellect, their will to mess up godly orders, and their revolutionary nature, Tricksters are shape shifters. On their mission of transforming the world for the better, they either destroy – think of Joker or the Indian goddess Kali – or smoothly change reality in the more cunning ways of animal chimeras.
The Trickster Orchestra firmly believes that this world needs more tricksters. Gathering outstanding soloists from various musical traditions, the orchestra creates a contemporary and trans-traditional sound. For “Disturbing,” the artistic directors Cymin Samawatie and Ketan Bhatti join the curator and dramaturgist Elisa Erkelenz for two research trips to Bangkok and Bangalore to meet with local musicians in a series of workshops. Together, they question a number of mythological trickster figures for their knowledge of how to enable social and cultural change today: how can new ideas come into the world? Later-on, these local musicians will join the Trickster Orchestra for mimicry workshops in Germany to develop a multimedia and genre-busting concert program, forging a sonic space inspired by the appeal of the undefined, the in-between. Maybe this is what the world of tomorrow sounds like.
Preview Concert I: 02 May, Podium Festival, Esslingen
Ketan Bhatti Drums & Electronics / Tilmann Dehnhard Double Contrabass Flute / Mohamad Fityan Kaval & Ney / Naoko Kikuchi Koto / Niko Meinhold Piano / Sabrina Ma Marimba & Vibraphone / Niklas Seidl Cello / Cymin Samawatie Vocals / Grégoire Simon Viola
Elisa Erkelenz Curator and Dramaturgist
Preview Concert II: 23 Oct, Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
Bassem Alkhouri Qanun / Ketan Bhatti Drums / Anil Eraslan Cello / Korhan Erel Electronics / Mohamad Fityan Kaval & Ney / Susanne Fröhlich Paetzold Recorder & Flutes / Florian Juncker Trombone / Naoko Kikuchi Koto / Niko Meinhold Piano / Mona Matbou Riah Clarinet / Cymin Samawatie Vocals / Martin Stegner Viola / Ralf Schwarz Double Bass / Taiko Saito Marimba & Vibraphone / Milian Vogel Bass Clarinet & Electronics
Disturbing: 25 Oct, Radialsystem, Berlin
The lineup will feature guest musicians from Bangkok and Bangalore.