Dear Music Friends!

The Morgenland Festival Osnabrück 2018 once again sets its sights far away to the east and, over  the course of several concerts, will dedicate itself to the music of central Asia. Following the trail of the Silk Road we eventually reach China with the wonderful Pipa player Wu Man and the Sheng virtuoso Wu Wei.

We look forward to a lively exchange with the city of Almaty, that impressive Eurasian crossroads in South Eastern Kazakhstan. In May we will be performing there for several days in a guest appearance. In the Philharmonic Hall in Almaty the Morgenland All Star Band will play a concert together with the Kazakh ensemble Khazar, who will also open the Festival in the City of Peace, Osnabrück.

The Afghani Rubab virtuoso Homayun Sakhi and his comrades from Afghanistan and Tajikistan will go in search of the first Mogul Emperor Babur.

Ulzhan Baybussinova and Raushan Orozbaeva will present traditional Kazakh music. The Syrian trumpet player, Nezar Omran will meet with his colleagues Ingolf Burkhardt from the NDR Bigband, the fantastic pianist Florian Weber and the percussionist Hogir Göregen.

Hello Psychaleppo is the stage name of the Syrian DJ Samer Saem Eldahr, who has caused a sensation internationally and will entertain the audience at the Morgenland Festival for the first time this year.

Andy Spyra, who has been connected with the festival as a photographer for some years now, will present the exhibition “Hate and Hope. Afghanistan” in the Felix-Nussbaum-Haus. During the exhibition the Poetry Project will present young Afghanis and Iranians with their experiences.

The “New Silk Road” is a gigantic infrastructure project in China which is the cause for justified fears in the rest of the world. Our New Silk Road harks back to the idea that not only goods were transported on this route, but also cultures.

The Syrian ensemble Hewar and the Armenian Gurdjieff Ensemble will perform together for the first time, an homage to a special neighbourliness which goes back hundreds of years and a plea for peace in Syria. We will explore an exciting new venue in the VW Production Hall 2. The performers are the Morgenland All Stars Band and the Ensemble of the Morgenland Campus, and the hall will be spectacularly lit by Philipp Geist. The light artist has not only worked in classical concert halls such as the Elbphilharmonie, but also at the Christ Statue in Rio de Janeiro, the royal throne in Bangkok, the Azadi Tower in Tehran and innumerable places all over the world.

We look forward to seeing you!

Cordially

Michael Dreyer