Release concert for the debut album “Istelahl” by the Mohamad Zatari Trio, consisting of musicians from Syria, Iran & India.
In a contemporary globalised world where music has lost its borders and is fighting a constant – yet particular – stream of Western commodification, the Mohamad Zatari Trio stands out as an original cultural artefact, aiming at transcending the boundaries between different music worlds.
Their debut ISTEHLAL plunges into its own aesthetics, politics and sound intricacies and represents the combined efforts of three musicians hailing from different, yet deeply rooted cultures. Over the course of eleven songs, the album transcends stylistic, ideologic and geographic boundaries and reflects on the human condition in an interconnected and interrelated technological world. The repertoire includes not only original compositions in different stylistics but also rearranged traditional pieces by influential composers Riad Al Sunbati (Egypt) and Hossein Alizadeh (Iran). The Mohamad Zatari Trio introduces itself as a strong new voice within a new generation of young musicians that carry the musical heritage of great masters like Ravi Shankar, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan or Zakir Hussain with a fresh and contemporary approach.
Flocks is the new duo project of 2 german multi-instrumentalists Werner Durand has specialized in self-made wind instruments since the mid-80s besides playing saxophones.He led various ensembles like the 13th Tribe and ArmchairTraveller and has performed with numerous musicians and composers over the last 30 years.He has more than 30 releases to his credit.
Uli Hohmann has started out as a percussionist specializing in dombak, an iranian he has studied and performed on since the early 80s, both in classical as well as new formats. He also performs on his invented string instruments and analogue electronics.
Together they create unique musical landscapes, covering the territories of traditional as well as experimental sound creation.
Mohamad Zatari Trio & Flocks (W. Durand / U. Hohmann)
arkaoda | Karl Marx Platz 16-18 in 12043 Berlin