The European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (‘EECMS’) hosts its 6th edition of Cairo Contemporary Music Days in Cairo from April 14th until April 29th. EECMS will be hosting this event with the help of the Goethe Institute, the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, the American University in Cairo, and the Egyptian Ministry of Culture.
EECMS is an institution that aims to promote contemporary music in Egypt by cultivating a relationship with cultural and institutions. It is an associate member of the International Society of Contemporary Music (‘ISCM’).
The Cairo Contemporary Music Days (‘CCMD’) is a platform that encourages international exchange. The theme this year is German-Arab collaboration with a focus on Egyptian music given Germany’s emergence as one of the most important hubs for contemporary music (more specifically Berlin). CCMD will feature ‘Music Talks on a Gallery Tour’ in conjunction with the recitals giving the audience a chance to interact with the guest artists. The music talks are free of charge and open to the public.
Check the full list of events below:
Saturday April 14:
Autorretrato (hosted by Instituto Cervantes El Cairo)
Room Art Space & Café, 8 PM - 10 PM
10 Etehaad Al Mohamin st., Garden City
An improvisation workshop with percussionist and composer Luis Tabuenca. The event will commence with a performance by Luis, which will be followed by an improvisation session for percussionists curated by Ayman Mabrouk, followed by an open improvisation session.
Monday April 16:
Cairo Opera House, 8 PM – 10 PM
A collection of solo recitals, also featuring in Luis Tabuenca. Paired with film.
Thursday April 19:
Into Live Electronics with Arne Vierck
American University in Cairo – Malak Gabr Theatre, 1 PM
Arne Vierck is a German musician and sound engineer that has done live electronic composition for ballet, and is an expert in electroacoustic, supersonic sounding and acoustic irradiation. He will be giving a talk on live electronics.
Saturday April 21:
Ensemble Mosaik in Cairo – Saber Abdel Sattar Qanoun & members of El Nil Folkloric Troupe
Goethe Institut Cairo, 8 PM – 10 PM
Since its founding in 1997, Ensemble Mosaik have developed a reputation for their instrumental skills and tendency towards experimentation, particularly in their incorporation of young artists and digital media in their formation. They will be teaming up with qanun player Saber Abdel Sattar and members oc the local El Nil Folkloric Troupe.
Sunday April 22:
Music Talks: Oliver Schneller: Acoustic Models and Composed Structures
Cairo Conservatoire, 4 PM – 5 PM
Oliver is a renowned German saxophonist and composer who grew up and studied around the world. His resume of performances, and collaborations are vast and impressive; furthermore he has taught at upper echelon universities around the world, so this lecture is sure to be illuminating.
Music Talks: Cathy Graham
Center of Arts, 7 PM – 8PM
1 Aziz Abaza, Zamalek
Cathy is the global music director of the British Council in Cairo. She studied music and piano extensively, has worked as a vocal coach and as an artist manager for a long time. Surely her experience with the many sides of the music industry will make this talk particularly interesting.
Monday April 23:
Is it Global?
Manasterly Palace, 8 PM – 10 PM
1 El Malek El Saleh Street, Manial
A collection of solo performances, featuring Oliver Schneller, Ensemble Mosaik, and an array of Arabic musicians.
Tuesday April 24:
Music Talks: Hannes Seidl: Music for the space between the ears – composing and deconstructing musical values
Mashrabia Gallery of Contemporary Art, 7 PM – 10 PM
8 Champollion Street
Thursday April 26:
Hannes Seidl: Music as a Situation – performance, scenes and installation
The German University in Cairo, 4 PM – 5 PM
German composer Hannes Seidl writes compositions for solo instruments, ensembles, orchestras, and live electronic performances.
Music Talks: Kamiliya Jubran: My works & the socio-political background of my evolution
Art Talks Egypt, 7 PM – 9 PM
8 El Kamel Mohamed Street, Zamalek
Kamilya is an acclaimed Palestinian singer, songwriter and composer.
Sunday April 29:
Meine Stimme, deine Stimme, unsere Stimme (My Voice, Your Voice, Our Voice)
The Hanager Center of Arts, 8 PM – 10 PM
This event is an effort to offer the audience a glimpse of the participating artists’ creative process. The artists include German composers Brigitta Muntendorf, and Hannes Seidl, musician Khaled Kaddal, promising artists Jaqueline George, Ola Saad, and Bahaa El Ansari as well as Kamilya Jubran.
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