Parasite Village

Andreas Weber & Kirsten Reese Outernational Listening Session

DTzM Musik 2022/23

Let’s figure out
Ways to hope
Ways to love

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.

When we think about the future, we should start from the feelings. Feelings are from the future. (…) If I listen to music today that moves me at my core, tomorrow I may have empathy for a seabird or a hedgehog in the garden. Empathy is the first step in feeling connected to other, non-human things.”
Timothy Morton in VAN Outernational

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

Biologist, philosopher and writer Dr Andreas Weber, 55, explores aliveness as a sensual, subjective, shared and poetic experience. He teaches in Berlin at the University of the Arts and Bard College and at UNISG, Pollenzo, Italy, and is Adjunct Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati. Recent book publications: ‘Indigeneity’ (Nicolai, 2018), ‘Enlivenment. A Poetics for the Anthropocene” (MIT Press, 2019), “Why Compromise” (Duden-Verlag, 2020) and “Sharing Life: An Ecopolitics of Reciprocity” (Böll Foundation, 2021).

Thank you! Musikfonds e.V. & Allianz Foundation

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.