Ensemble Constantinople

Constantinople is a music ensemble from Montréal, which combines instruments from early European music and from the Near East. It was founded twenty years ago by the Iranian musician and producer Kiya Tabassian. Together with his companions, who hail from countries such as Senegal, Iran, Turkey and India, but who now all live in Montréal, he is constantly on the look out for musical connections between the east and the west. Thus, depending on the manner of the project, the focus can be on medieval Spain and ancient Persia or the songs of the French troubadours and Mexican baroque music. The Ensemble is coming to Osnabrück with a large variety of instruments for an extraordinary project. In „Et je reverrai cette ville étrange“ they will develop nothing less than the “sound of a global city” – a common language, which has grown from the wide array of differing traditions. The project is being developed in cooperation with the German-Indian composer and musicologist, Sandeep Bhagwati, as a coproduction with matralab. It continues the work of the global traveller Claude Vivier (1948-1983) and is a mixture of composed and improvised music, of vocal, instrumental and electronic sounds: a structure somewhere between dream and reality, the past and the present.

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