Photo: Jesper Lützhøft

KLANG at ALICE / Athelas Sinfonietta


Archive: 8/6 2019, 17:00

Nørre Allé 7
2200 København


Athelas Sinfonietta Copenhagen

The music at this concert is written by composers with roots far from Denmark. The composers are Japanese Yukiko Watanabe, who is educated in Germany, and Egyptian Ahmed Madkour.

Madkour describes his work Taharqa - The Nubian Pharoh as an interplay between tonality and atonality, using scales of many different types: major scales, octatone scales and scales built on tetrachords from Arabic music. The title and inspiration comes from the Pharaoh Taharqa, from the 25th dynasty of Egypt, who fought the Assyrians and who was responsible for a number of temple buildings and a pyramid in the Napatan region.

Watanabe's work Aqua Houses is inspired by a type of buildings, "Danchi", that were built in Japan from the 1950's and onwards. The composer came to think of these apartment complexes, when she first visited Cairo and saw how tall, modern buildings stood next to the old town. This was the starting point for her imaginary journey through the music.


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.


Ahmed Madkour: Taharqa the Nubian Pharao
Yukiko Watanabe: Aqua-Houses

The concert is part of the Manassat collaboration – a collaboration between KLANG, Athelas and the Cairo Contamporary Music Days. Manassat is supported by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture


Athelas Sinfonietta

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