Parasite Village


DTzM 2022/23

We are living in one of the greatest species extinctions in history. But not only species, also sounds, languages and music are disappearing. The project «EXT INC / REMEMBER ME» of the transtraditional concert series «Outernational» traces these processes together with the composers Aida Shirazi and Emre Dündar and two world premieres. Emre Dündar has written a «Fakelore» that approaches various folklore traditions of the Turkish-Greek region. The young Iranian composer Aida Shirazi opens the evening with a solo performance for crickets and electronics and refers in her composition to Walt Whitman’s «This Compost» – a text that evokes the living in the acceptance of death. With Vivaldi’s «La Folia» – a motif composed many times in music history – the evening hovers over the abyss of history before ending in hope with the second part of Aida Shirazi’s new composition.

The evening will be introduced by an «Outernational Listening Session», for which the philosopher and biologist Andreas Weber has written an essay on the topic, which will be heard for the first time in a sound space by Kirsten Reese. Weber himself writes:

»If butterflies are the crystallized form of the inner feeling that fills the world, then they will go away if we deny that this feeling exists. The denial of soul is the most tragic mistake of Western civilization.« Andreas Weber

Parasite Village program of the evening

19:00 hr
Andreas Weber & Kirsten Reese
Essay Performance
Free admission

20:00 hr
17/8€ – Tickets

22:00 hr
Keyvan Chemirani & Yannis Kyriakides)
Late night set
Admission free


Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Aida Shirazi s a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music. Shirazi’s music is described as ”unfolding with deliberation” by The New York Times, “well-made” and “affecting” by The New Yorker, and “unusually creative” by San Francisco Classical Voice.

In her works for solo instruments, voice, ensemble, orchestra, and electronics, Shirazi mainly focuses on timbre for organizing structures inspired by language and literature.

Shirazi’s music has been featured at festivals and concert series, including Manifeste, Wien Modern, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Mostly Mozart, OutHear New Music Week, MATA, Marlboro Music Festival, Direct Current, Taproot, and Tehran Contemporary Music Festival in venues such as Maison de la Radio France, Radialsystem Berlin, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall. Her works are performed by Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Miranda Cuckson, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Dal Niente, Oerknal, Quince Ensemble, Sarah Cahill, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Empyrean Ensemble, and Bilkent Symphony Orchestra, among others.

Shirazi holds a Ph.D. in composition and music theory from the University of California, Davis. She has studied with Mika Pelo, Pablo Ortiz, Kurt Rohde, Yiğit Aydın, Tolga Yayalar, Onur Türkmen, and Hooshyar Khayam and participated in workshops and masterclasses by Kaija Saariaho, Mark Andre, Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf, Riccardo Piacentini, and Füsun Köksal.

Shirazi is a 2022 graduate of IRCAM’s “Cursus Program in Composition and Computer Music.” She holds a B.M. in music composition and theory from Bilkent University (Ankara, Turkey) and a B.A. in classical piano from Tehran University of Art (Iran.) She has studied santoor (traditional Iranian hammered dulcimer) with Parissa Khosravi Samani.

Shirazi is a co-founder and co-artistic director of the Iranian Female Composers Association (IFCA.)

Aida Shirazi, Composer, Electronics
Emre Dündar, Composer, Midi Piano
Miguel Pérez Iñesta, Conductor

Andreas Arend, Theorbo
James Banner, Bass
Szilard Benes, Clarinet
Rebecca Beyer, Violin
David-Maria Gramse, Violin
Emil Kuyumcuyan, Percussion
Vladimir Waltham, Cello

Elisa Erkelenz, Curation & Dramaturgy

In cooperation with Outernational

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

Media partner: VAN Outernational.