What is the sound of a piece of art music that faces its multiple, hybrid influences in exile and diaspora? How do we disentangle ideas of “the own” and the foreign through listening? How do concert programmes reflect an open society in all its polyphony? “Outernational” is a new European concert series with three annual foci and which features artists who are engaged in trans-traditional music.
The series begins with the Berlin Trickster Orchestra’s new programme, “Disturbing The Universal / DIY”, which joins together musicians of different traditions to create a new tonal language. During the concert, philosophers Timothy Morton and Wendy M.K. Shaw will reflect on the genesis of the new in an “Outernational Listening Session”. A concert by Kamilya Jubran is to take place in December 2020. The singer joins a string quartet and a composer for a multimedia performance, and in March 2021 for a session of baroque, Persian classical, and electronic composition.
The concerts are preceded by comprehensive artistic research that not only tracks down scenes and contemporary musical developments, but takes into account questions of “musicking”, i.e. performance practice and contextualisation as well. The aim of this exercise is to open up new spaces for outstanding artists positioned far from the mainstream. Curator Elisa Erkelenz develops the concerts in close dialogue with the artists, and around each performance, background information on music, instruments and participating artists is published in the VAN digital magazine Outernational: www.van-outernational.com
Outernational is made possible by the generous support of the Senate Department for Culture and Europe, the Allianz Cultural Foundation, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of BTHVN2020 and the Goethe Institute as part of “The Other Beethoven(s)”.
Media partner is VAN magazine with the reportage series VAN Outernational.
Further mediapartnership with: tipBerlin, ExBerliner, Ask Helmut.