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05/10/2018 - 18:46
Sören in Stockstadt

From May 11 till May 13 I will be the very first time at the Blockflötenfesttage in Stockstadt and present my scores, under them the brand new African Suite No. 19 UBUBELE. I hope to see you there!

05/10/2018 - 18:34
A very special concert!

The next concert dedicated to my works will be at a very special place: At the beautiful Mendelssohn-Saal in the music university where I studied 1992 till 1996! I even wrote a novel about my time there, but it was never published... fortunately!
Friday, May 18, 7pm. I already say thank you to Rosa Lord, Anja Micheely, Mona Wölfel, Anne Wollherr, Barbara Niestroy, Corinna Fröhlich, Ebba-Maria Künning-Zeijl und Anette Bahe who will be participating. I will play the Contrabass Recorder in Consolation and Ajo Oloyin and the piano in the first two movements of Imibala yenjabulo. Hope to see you there!

02/14/2018 - 12:22
Premiere in Porto

My biggest thanks to Katharine Rawdon, the Southern California Flute Virtuoso in Lisbon, for the fantastic Premiere of my very first Suite for Flute Solo SO LONG at the Porto Flute Festival! She played the three movements SO KIND, SO SAD and SO HAPPY with wonderful expression and brillant technique, and her idea to imitate a smooth jazz drums with her concert shoes will be adapted in the score! Now I am looking forward to the Premiere of my 22nd African Suite INSIDE KAMPALA by her trio Syrinxello in Lisbon.

01/21/2018 - 23:51
Premiere in Oldenburg

My biggest thanks to Christiane Abt, Gabriele Hoeltzenbein, Ruth Ense and Ronald Poelman for the fantastic Premiere of SIKU SIYO MBALI (The day is not far) on January 14 in Oldenburg! Eight hands at one piano - only possible with a lot of practicing and four great (and slim) pianists like you! Congratulations also for the great percussion part in the beginning :-) Looking forward to hear it again! The next Premiere will be in Porto during the Porto Flute Festival on February 13 - my first Suite for Flute solo, played by the fabulous Katharine Rawdon!

01/12/2018 - 15:07
First Premiere of the New Year!

My dear friends, the new year starts with the World Premiere of my piece Siku siyo mbali (the day is not far) for EIGHT hands at ONE piano by the wonderful ensemble Tastissimo in Oldenburg on Sunday, the 14th of January, at 5pm. Those of you familiar with my work know Siku siyo mbali was the second movement of my 15th African Suite WAKATI NJEMA. (You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zunivcAJlZs) But this piece was such a torturing earworm for me that I decided to write a bigger piece about that theme. As a coincidence my old friend Ronald Poelman asked me if I could write something for his piano quartet for eight hands at one piano - truly a very special instrumentation! It took me quite a long time, because it is really hard to make sure the hands and the bodies will not run into each other. In fact only a shortened version will be performed on sunday - including percussion in, under and on the Grand Piano. I am really looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!!!

12/24/2017 - 14:00
Musical Advent Calendar, Door 24

Musical Advent Calendar, Door 24: I want to finish this review of the year with a video from the concert in the Prinzenhaus Plön on November 4. "Illuminated Inside" is the second movement of my African Suite No.18 I wrote for Meng-Heng Chen and me. Here the recorder part is played by my old friend Ebba-Maria Künning-Zeijl - very emotional and beautiful, as I think. For me, this piece represents best my feelings during and towards Christmas, the celebration of peace and love. I hope and wish you all will celebrate and enjoy these days with your family and friends. MERRY CHRISTMAS!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9cJ_EtYRc0

12/22/2017 - 16:33
Musical Advent Calendar, Door 22

Musical Advent Calendar, Door 22: A highlight of the year was definitely the first of July, when I had the chance to work with six different recorder orchestras of Taiwan in Hsinchu on works of mine they had prepared (and mostly learnt by heart). I met so many incredibly talented and well-prepared students, I was simply overwhelmed. Thank you very much again for this experience!

12/21/2017 - 12:46
Musical Advent Calendar, Door 21

Muiscal Advent Calendar, Door 21: This year I got to know the fantastic American flute player Katharine Rawdon, who lives in Lisboa. She performed my "pina ya phala" in Lisboa on October 3 with her ensemble Syrinxello (Flute, Recorder, and Violoncello) and taught my Flute quintet Njagala nnyimba ("I love music") in the summer flute academy in July in Portugal. Here you see the participants playing the first movement Janu wano (come here). And just today it came out that Katharine will play the premiere of my first Suite for Flute solo on February 13 in Porto. I am looking very much forward to it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ZzQn1dqU0&t=62s

12/19/2017 - 12:55
Musical Advent Calendar, Door 19

Musical Advent Calendar, Door 19: When Marcin Oleś asked me in 2014 to write a piece for Solo double bass for him, I had so many ideas I wrote two whole Suites, my African Suites No. 13 (Ayiyeki) and 14 (Umbalisi mabali). In September this year, we made the audio and video recordings in Marcin's home Kraków. This is the title piece of Umbalisi mabali: The Storyteller. I dedicated it to my father who passed in the autumn I wrote the suite. He was by far the best storyteller I ever met, and I owe him a lot. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qyVrTigR9g

12/18/2017 - 13:09
Advent Calendar, door 18:

Musical Advent Calendar, door 18: In the last week of September I visited my friend Marc Inn Oles in Kraków, and we recorded the two Suites for double bass solo I had written for him. As you see here we had a lot of fun, and depending on the circumstances, sometimes he is taller, sometimes me... Beginning of december I published the music sheet, and now the first music video is ready. WEDWA means "on your own". I hope you like it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ubpYKLB40Yc