alif rehearsals 11

alif is an upcoming large-scale music theatre / concert installation project, developed in collaboration with samir odeh-tamimi, jeremias schwarzer and chiharu shiota. alif further involves salome kammer, zafraan ensemble and folkert uhde.

premiere: maerzmusik festival – radialsystem, berlin, march 18 & 19th, 2016
june 10, 2016: ION festival, nürnberg, germany
june 2017: kunsthalle, hamburg, germany


with a duration of four hours, alif spans an evening of newly composed electronic works by stefan goldmann and ensemble and chamber works by samir odeh-tamimi performed by zafraan ensemble. featured soloists are salome kammer (voice), jeremias schwarzer (recorder) and stefan goldmann (electronics). kammer’s protagonist status is countered by an array of contrasting synthetic voice-like sound layers.

staged in a spatial setting that has been specifically developed by folkert uhde, the music is interwoven with an installation by chiharu shiota. shiota’s installation consists of a vast network of transparent tubes through which a red liquid is pumped in strict rhythmic cycles. the installation’s layout is then rearranged over time. enhanced by audio and video amplifications, aural and visual aspects of this specific grouping of installation and music build an integrated temporal and spatial entity.

at the berlin premiere, the audience will enter the room through a tunnel below radialsystem, to find itself in a diving bell-like situation. within the room different areas and viewpoints can be chosen, allowing for changing perspectives over time.


alif rehearsal 2


compositions: samir odeh-tamimi, stefan goldmann (world premieres)
installation: chiharu shiota
artistic director: jeremias schwarzer

voice: salome kammer
recorder, conductor: jeremias schwarzer
live electronics: stefan goldmann
zafraan ensemble

spatial concept: folkert uhde
dramaturgy: ilka seifert
production: zafraan ensemble / sebastian solte

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alif rehearsal 1

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alif rehearsals 6

rehearsal photography by folkert uhde / andreas höfer