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PARKMUSIC '03 "New Horizons"

Journey of sound and Encounter of different cultures

At the beginning of PARKMUSIC 2003 there was a journey of sound, a path leading through the picturesque pasture landscape of the Trombacher Hof: the diverse ensembles were arranged like islands:
the Brazilian guitar and composer duo Silvia Ocougne and Chico Mello, two artists who are at home in their native country as much as in Berlin. They interpreted Brazilian songs and commented on them in an experimental and funny way using guitar, tuba and occasionally also a box of matches, which they used as rhythm instrument.
Attracted by the sensitive and delicate sounds from One Thousand and One Nights of the Egyptian ensemble Kemet more than 100 people were strolling through the meadow during sun set and lingered while listening to Arabian sounds of oud, kanoun, darabbukah and accordion.
Next, on the arranged foodpath, was a Russian Don Cossacks-balalaika-ensemble which virtuously played familiar melodies from Russia and thereby evoked a sense of nostalgia.

The next island was of a ritualistic kind: three taiko-drummer of the ensemble Masa-Daiko conjured old Japanese rituals with warrior-like movements. The Trombach valley, which is surrounded by rocks, echoed the impressive beats of percussion into far-reaching distance. On the way back from the round path there were more islands with the Don Cossacks-balalaika-ensemble, the Brazilian duo Ocounge-Mello and the Egyptian ensemble Kemet. The beginning and the end ? and at the same time the sculptural component ? was made up by the sculpture instrument "Rochen" (ray) by the German artist Ursula Haupenthal who lives in the Alsace. With hands and sticks she made the sheet of stainless steel, which was spanned between trees, vibrate and, thereby, created magic sounds that had never been heard before. The audience listened to these sounds as attentively as to the previous ones of foreign cultures and seemingly enjoyed the journey of sound, the exercise, their very own noises they produced and the experience in nature with grass, flowers and insects. Happy faces and merry laughs proved this. After an invigorating drink of homemade wine at the Trombacher Hof the second part of the concert began in the former chapel. Here things happened in rapid succession: one after the other ensemble played, changing over quickly, separated and, at the same time, complemented with poetry of the respective country in the original language and its German translation. Evident were the idiosyncrasies typical of each culture: Japan and its short haikus that were much longer in their translation; Egypt with its philosophical, touching disquisitions on a mutual give and take, life and death, good and evil; Brazil with easy-going, somehow frivolous poems; from Russia cooking recipes, taken straight out of life, in a poetic form. The diversity of the cultural backgrounds was obvious and simultaneously the differences worked in favour of a unifying global humanity. An enthused audience let the musicians go only after several encores and a collective improvisation in the yard that conveyed a unique atmosphere with its torches, fire baskets and illuminated trees. International understanding was happening here, as it couldn't have been imagined better, and new friends were made.

Ursula Haupenthal Ensemble Kemet Ensemble Masa-Daiko Silvia Ocougne and Chico Mello Don-Kosaken-Balalaika-Ensemble

Host and sponsors:
Freunde des Trombacher Hofes e.V.
Kultursommer Rheinland-Pfalz e.V.
Werkstatt der Kulturen / Berlin
Festival traditioneller außereuropäischer Musik / München (Kulturreferat, BR)
Ars Ligni GmbH / Münchwald
?kodaAuto Deutschland GmbH

Media coverage:
Allgemeine Zeitung Mainz
Allgemeine Zeitung Bad Kreuznach
Öffentlicher Anzeiger Bad Kreuznach