Middle Eastern composers

KLANG at ALICE / Amazone Quartet


Archive: 8/6 2019, 18:30

Nørre Allé 7
2200 København


The Amazone Quartet

In this concert, the Amazone Quartet will focus on some of the most interesting female composers from the Middle East. The intruments are voice, flute, cello and piano.

Bushra El-Turk is represented by two works at this concert, and the first – for voice, cello and piano – has the English subtitle (… Speech broke down). The subtitle comes from a poem by Ahmed Shakwi, a love poem for the city of Zahle in Lebanon: "… I didn't know the feeling of hugging in love until I embraced you and speech broke down and my eyes spoke to your eyes in the language of love and I became drunk with the wine of your lips… ”.

The second work at the concert is Marionette, and according to the composer, it is a puppet doll that bites its strings and struggles against any limitations, whether they come from society, from religious authorities or others who are pushing for control over him.

Rojin Sharafi's work is for bass fluite, cello and piano. The composer is based in Vienna and works with sound art and acoustic and electronic music, and she is inspired by everything from heavy metal to folk songs from her native land, Iran.


Music is the universal language, the language of the music has no boundaries – the obvious clichés are many, and we know very well that they are not quite right. Of course, music is different across the globe, surely the music cultures and the ways we listen to music are completely different. One thing, however, is common to all of us: We all produce music. In KLANG at Alice, KLANG Festival along with e.g. Athelas Sinfonietta takes a step out into the world to get acquainted with some of the ways in which the new music sounds outside of the small western cultural circle. Therefore, for these concerts the festival has moved to the playground Alice, which houses the world music in all its diversity.


Amazone Taqsim I
Bushra El-Turk: Ta’attalat loughatul kalam (...speech broke down)
Rojin Sharafi: Huginn. Muninn. Odin
Wa Habibi

Bushra el-Turk: Marionette
Amazone Taqsim II


Amazone Quartet