After two Festival Editions which were very much marked by the Corona pandemic, Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2022 could once again take place with (almost) no restrictions.
Romengo & Mónika Lakatos
Under the Surface
Maria Cassandra Hausi
Marc Sinan Company
AndAL & Dj Weldmousa
Mohammad Abou Laban
Morgenland All Star Band
Here you can find the program of Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2022.
One of the programme highlights was the Music Theatre “Songs for Days to Come” by Kinan Azmeh, which both the Morgenland Festival Osnabrück and the Theater Osnabrück had jointly commissioned and coproduced.
Based on poems by 14 Syrian lyricists and with a libretto by Liwaa Yazji and Mohammad Abou Laban, Azmeh composed a cross-genre work for soloists, actors, chorus and orchestra.
A further cooperation with the Theater Osnabrück presented young Syrian musicians playing together with the Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra. The project gave the young musicians the chance to compose for, and perform with, an orchestra.
In “Seven Premieres” the Morgenland All Star Band presented seven works which the Society of Friends of the Festival had commissioned in 2020 from musicians in order to give them much-needed artistic and financial support. The works by Iranian, Syrian, Kazakh and Bosnian composers all differed greatly in style and created a quite impressive programme.
Several productions, which, due to the pandemic, had had to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021, were realized in 2022, such as Mehdi Aminian’s piece “Timbres of Middle-East-Europe”, which explored musical similarities and differences between the music of the Balkans and Persia, Marc Sinan’s “I Exist”, which went in search of the roots of Roma music in Rajastan, Ivo Papasov’s magnificent “Wedding Band” or the Roma ensemble “Romengo”.
Two top-class Persian musicians, Kayhan Kalhor and Yasamin Shahhosseini, met for a generation-spanning encounter. The trio “Under the Surface” from the Netherlands invited friends and guests from Syria, and Jelena Milušić and Merima Ključo presented their wonderful programme “Lume”.
The closing party was opened by the Moroccan-French band Bab L’Bluz.