Opening Concert

Taksim Trio, Alim Qasimov & Michel Godard

The 15th Morgenland Festival Osnabrück begins with a top-class double concert in the church of St. Marien. It starts off with the Taksim Trio from Istanbul. Hüsnü Şenlendirici, İsmail Tunçbilek und Aytaç Doğan all play traditional instruments; the clarinet, the bağlama or saz and the kanun. However, their music combines music from the east and the west, Turkish folk-music, gypsy music, jazz and even flamenco. And this has led to their immense success not only in Turkey, but also internationally.

After the interval we have a reunion with Alim Qasimov and Michel Godard. The most well-known singer in Azerbaijan, who sings in the traditional Mugham style, and the French jazz tuba, double bass and serpent player met for the first time in 2016 at the Morgenland Festival, where they gave a much acclaimed concert, which raised many goose-pimples. “He is simply one of the greatest singers alive”, wrote the New York Times; “one of the greatest voices in the world”, said Le Monde. After hearing Asimov for the first time you will know that this is no exaggeration. The duo, which has recorded a joint CD, will be accompanied by the kamancheh-player Rauf Islamov. They will also be joined by Hüsnü Şenlendirici, the clarinettist of the Taksim Trio.