After a one week guest tour of Kurdistan/Iraq by 65 musicians from nine countries, things continued almost without a break in Osnabrück.
Hussain Al Adhami Ensemble
Beshar Al Azzawi
Jasser Haj Youssef
Morgenland All Star Band
Morgenland Chamber Orchestra
With seven concerts, a multi-faceted film programme and two talks, the main focus of the Festival lay on the cultural diversity of Baghdad, both in the past and the present. The opening evening saw a performance by Hussain Al-Adhami and his ensemble. And in the second half of the concert the Morgenland All Star Band accompanied the Iraqi singer Beshar Al Azzawi and the Iraqi-American jazz trumpeter Amir ElSaffar. A further highlight was a late-night clarinet improvisation by Kinan Azmeh and Shabnam Pavaresh.
The presentation of the short film “Baghdad – My Hometown” was certainly one of the most moving moments of the Festival. Three young musicians from Baghdad, who all played for the first time with the Morgenland Chamber Orchestra, filmed their everyday life in Baghdad. Together with the film producer Günther Wallbrecht they edited the material they brought with them, and the result was a very personal contemporary document about life in a city which can seemingly find no peace.