The Morgenland Festival Osnabrück started in 2005, with musicians from the Lebanon, Azerbaijan, Israel, Iran, Morocco, the USA, India, Spain, Italy and Germany.
Afsaneh Sadeghi Ensemble
André el Hajj
Nomad Sound System
Rosa Zaragoza Ensemble
Franghiz Ali-Zadeh was assigned by the Festival to compose a Concerto for double bass, tabla and string orchestra, “Deyishme”. It was premiered by Nabil Shehata (double bass), Sankha Chatterjee (tabla) and the Chamber Academy Potsdam, conducted by David Geringas. Further highlights were the performances of the André el Hage Trio from Beirut, song settings of poems by Goethe and Hafez with Scot Weir and Salar Aghili, the piano duo Saleem Abboud Ashkar & Itamar Golan, and Rosa Zaragoza. Originally planned as a one-off event, this marked the beginning of the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück.