Parasite Village

Fiston Mwanza Mujila

DTzM Musik 2022/23

“(…) this is the meaning of the prefix para in the word parasite: He is beside, he is with, he is set apart from, he is not on the thing but on the relation. He has relations, as they say, and makes a system out of them.” Michael Serres, The Parasite

A summit of transtraditional music: musicians from the Trickster Orchestra Berlin, the Hezarfen Ensemble Istanbul and the Omnibus Ensemble from Tashkent come together for the first time in a residency in Hellerau. Modules by international composers, all of whom are also present as performers, become the basis for improvisation for the collective, a breeding ground for new connections. As an organism of radical diversity, the Future Tradition Orchestra negotiates indigenous and polytraditional instrumental techniques and various forms of notation: from graphic score to “mimesis”. 

The evening will be introduced by an essay performance by Fiston Mwanza Mujila.

Parasite Village Programme of the evening

Fiston Mwanza Mujila
Essay Performance
free admission

20:00 h
Future Tradition Orchestra
17/8€ – Tickets

22:00 h
Aida Shirazi
Late Night Set
Free admission

* 1981 in Lubumbashi (DR Congo).

From 2007, he studied in Belgium and France. In 2009, he received a scholarship to write in Graz, where he has lived ever since (with interruptions, e.g. for research). He is currently responsible for the literary programme of the Graz Forum Stadtpark.

In addition to his work as an author and performer (collaboration with jazz musicians), he is active as a mediator and publisher of literature from the African diaspora.

Fiston Mwanza Mujila publishes mainly in French, and his debut novel Tram 83 won several awards, including the Grand Prix of Literary Associations (2015), the International Literature Prize – House of World Cultures and the Peter Rosegger Literature Prize of the Province of Styria (2018).

For his second novel La danse du Vilain, the author received the Prix Les Afriques in 2021.

In cooperation with Outernational

Sponsored by: Goethe-Institut, Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and Allianz Foundation.

Media partner: VAN Outernational.