I EXIST - to Rajasthan
April 03, 2017 | 8 pm
Grafinger Str. 6, 81671 Munich
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"I EXIST – to Rajasthan" is a co-production
involving the Marc Sinan Company/YMUSIC
and the Dresdner Sinfoniker, Germany
along with the
Ethnological Museum in the Berlin State Museums, Germany
HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, Germany
whiteBOX, Munich, Germany
No Borders Orchestra e.V., Serbia
Pécs 2010 e.V., Hungary
RADIALSYSTEM V, Berlin, Germany
Rajeev Goenka Music Academy Dundlod, India
Jaipur Virasat Foundation, India
under the patronage of the German UNESCO Commission e.V.
Sponsored by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and the co-financing fund of the Berlin Senate Office for Cultural Affairs
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The Technikum in the Werksviertel is the place to be on April 3, 2017 at 8 pm to experience the full-length stage production of the "I EXIST – to Rajasthan" concert, featuring video installations, a stunning stage design and orchestra. whiteBOX is proud to present the Munich premiere of this international project and teams up with RADIALSYSTEM V, Berlin and HELLERAU European Center for the Arts Dresden as a co-production partner.
The artistic debate in his mind regarding his own cultural roots has been the focal point of Marc Sinan's compositional output for over a decade. This has led him to develop a highly personal modus operandi in which he blends an amalgam of documentary video and sound material with his own contemporary music. This leads to the emergence of a musical score which, in the best tradition of a synthesis of the arts, merges the musical, visual and narrative levels. For his show "I EXIST – to Rajasthan", Marc Sinan once again relies on his tried-and-tested modus operandi in his quest to trace the roots of the Roma people in India, while inviting six international musicians and artists to explore their potential and shrouded-in-myth origins in Rajasthan: Iva Bittová, Delaine & Damian Le Bas, Raju Bhopa, Papamir and Dayam Khan, along with members of the Dresdner Sinfoniker and the No Borders Orchestra.
The town of Dundlod lies a good three-hour drive northwest of Jaipur. This is where the project's protagonists travelled to and spent several weeks working together in the heart of Rajasthan. The soloists and visual artists from various genres used the twelve months leading up to their trip to intensively explore and investigate their Rajasthani origins – using a blend of musical, artistic, speculative and academic devices. Their preparatory work was documented in videos, sketches and audio recordings. In this widely mythicized home of their ancestors, Marc Sinan developed a contemporary composition – both with and for the musicians – which draws on the entire collected material, while simultaneously shining a light on the protagonists, their instruments and history in a radical and novel manner. This culminates in a musical theatre which will be implanted as a nucleus in the various ensembles of our project partners and be performed jointly in their own inimitable manner.
Marc Sinan – Artistic Director, composition, guitar
Marc Sinan is the son of a Turkish-Armenian mother and a German father. His compositions are a tribute to differences as a way of unearthing similarities. His projects offer a contemporary vision of traditional sounds, video projections and live music which he compiles on regular musical-ethnological research trips to places as far afield and disparate as Seattle and Rajasthan. In addition to solo concerts and chamber music projects with partners such as the Julia Hülsmann Trio, Jörg Widmann, the Turkish percussionist Burhan Öcal and the Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, Marc Sinan has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresdner Sinfoniker and the No Borders Orchestra. His ensemble, the Marc Sinan Company, also stages its own projects and concert series. Accompanied by his band of musicians, Sinan's works have been performed at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Istanbul Festival, the MaerzMusik Festival at the Berliner Festspiele and the Wiener Konzerthaus. He has also appeared on ARTE TV and numerous radio stations, and his extensive body of work has been aired throughout Europe, Asia and North/South America. In 2012, Marc Sinan was awarded an artist-in-residence scholarship by the German Foreign Office for the recently opened Tarabya Cultural Academy in Istanbul.
His musical installation "Hasretim", commissioned by HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden and the Dresdner Sinfoniker, was awarded a UNESCO prize in 2011. As was the case with his "Fasil" project in 2009, the "Hasretim" CD has also been released under the ECM label and this went on to receive a nomination for the German Record Award. On behalf of HELLERAU and the Gorki Theater in Berlin, he composed and staged the docu-fictional "Dede Korkut" musical theatre project (a co-production with the Dresdner Sinfoniker) for the 2013/2014 season – a show which toured from the banks of the Elbe to the Bosporus. He created the "Komitas" musical theatre for the 2015/2016 season. Commissioned by the TONSPUREN Festival at the Irsee Monastery, and also staged at the Gorki Theater in Berlin, "Komitas" tells the story of the Armenian composer and musicologist Komitas Vardapet. Sinan was a visiting professor at the Whitman College in Walla Walls, USA from February – May 2016. In April 2017, Marc Sinan will present his current Rajasthan project, a co-production of whiteBOX, Radialsystem V, Berlin and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts. – www.marcsinan.com
The Dresdner Sinfoniker
They are widely regarded as one of the leading symphony orchestras for contemporary music. Based in Dresden, this European ensemble has been honoured with several awards, such as the UNESCO Special Award and the ECHO Klassik prize. Thanks to their interdisciplinary, transnational projects – motivated by the desire to trigger dialogue and an exchange of views – they have established an enviable international reputation. The members of the Dresdner Sinfoniker are drawn from practically every renowned orchestra in Europe. Under the tutelage of their Artistic Director Markus Rindt – who together with Sven Helbig founded the Dresdner Sinfoniker in 1997, – a rotating line-up of musicians regularly joins forces on a project-by-project basis. They achieved worldwide prominence in 2003 with Torsten Rasch's prizewinning rescoring of the Rammstein song "Mein Herz brennt" (Deutsche Grammophon). Teaming up with the Pet Shop Boys in 2004, they performed their new soundtrack for Eisenstein's silent movie "Battleship Potemkin" live at Trafalgar Square, which for the first time in its history was cordoned off for a concert. The German-Mexican co-production "Codex Dresdensis – Concert at the End of Time", which involved a musical exchange among equals with the indigenous Maya culture, saw them travel to Mexico in 2014 for a guest performance. In 2015, they staged "Aghet", a Turkish-Armenian-German concert project dedicated to the memory of the Armenian Genocide. The Dresdner Sinfoniker toured the West Bank in 2013 with their "Symphony for Palestine". During the "Erste Ferndirigat der Welt" (World’s First Remote Conducting) in 2008, Michael Helmrath led the orchestra in Dresden while he himself was perched on the banks of the Thames in London. The Dresdner Sinfoniker were therefore the first symphony orchestra in the world to give a concert with a virtually present conductor.
The No Borders Orchestra
Founded in 2012, the No Borders Orchestra brings together some of the Balkan region's leading musicians under the directorship of Premil Petrovic. In the brief period since its formation, the orchestra has garnered an excellent worldwide reputation, having performed in Europe's leading concert halls, including London, Vienna, Lisbon, Strasbourg, Paris and Berlin. In 2013, the ensemble signed up with the renowned Deutsche Grammophon classic label for three productions. In addition to their commitment to produce artistic excellence, the orchestra also pursues a socio-political mission: As a non-governmental organisation, the No Borders Orchestra's projects – which use art and culture to transcend national borders – advocate for an inclusive, intercultural, democratic and open societal model.
Iva Bittová was born in 1958 in Bruntál in the north of Moravia, in the present-day Czech Republic. She studied acting and music at the Brno Conservatory and played with the "Goose on a String Theater" ensemble, an experience she still describes as one of the most formative of her career. Initially, Bittová was primarily engaged as an actress for radio, TV, cinema and theatre productions, and received numerous awards and acting prizes. Following the death of her father – an accomplished and versatile musician – she decided to follow in his footsteps and focus her professional life on playing the violin and composing.
Building on her professional vocal training, she quickly developed her own characteristic vocal style, an imploring blend of sprechgesang and chanting, which she intones with the meditative, lamentative strains of her violin. Her music is a mesmerising mixture of classical music, experimental rock, opera and jazz, peppered with folk music from her east-European homeland. She is one of the leading and most internationally recognised protagonists of Czech avant-garde. She has released several solo albums, classical productions and jazz LPs, including a solo album with the renowned ECM jazz label.
Following her move to New York in 2007, Bittová now works with leading lights of the American music scene, including luminaries such as Don Byron, Hamid Drake, Bill Frisell, Bobby McFerrin and Marc Ribot. She concluded her course of study in Old Music and Musicology at the Masaryk University in Brno in 2015. She appears as a soloist in Marc Sinan's current Rajasthan project, a co-production of whiteBOX along with the Radialsystem V, Berlin and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden, which will come to the stage at the Technikum in Munich in April 2017. – www.bittova.com
Delaine and Damian Le Bas, Stage Design
Delaine Le Bas (born 1965) and Damian Le Bas (born 1968) are a British artist couple with a Roma traveller background whose work aims to highlight the plight of minorities. Their involvement in the first Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 brought them to international attention. Their creative output ranges between outsider art, folk art and contemporary art, while combining visionary, conceptual and handicraft approaches. Their work is regarded as a struggle to combat stereotypes.
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