Samir Odeh-Tamimi has developed a distinctive musical language, which draws upon his intense involvement with both western avantgarde music and Arabic musical performance practice. Born in Jaljulia near Tel-Aviv and inspired by both European classical music and the aesthetics of New Music, the composer came to Germany at the age of 22 to study musicology and composition. While engaging with compositional role models such as Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis, he also found himself coming to terms with the musical culture of his home country.
Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s works are regularly performed at renowned festivals and concert halls throughout Europe, and he has received commissions from Deutschlandfunk, Saarländischer Rundfunk, Donaueschinger Musiktagen, the European Center for the Arts Hellerau, WDR and Bayerischer Rundfunk / musica viva. In 2010, his music theatre piece Leila und Madschnun had its world premiere at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum. As part of the project into Istanbul, initiated by the Ensemble Modern and the Siemens Arts Program in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, he composed a piece for Ensemble Modern in 2008 inspired by his stay in the Turkish metropolis. In recent years, Samir Odeh-Tamimi has also worked in close collaboration with the Boulanger Trio and the Neue Vocalsolisten Sttugart. The singers have since travelled to the composer’s birthplace, his parents’ home near Tel Aviv, to discover his musical roots in preparation for a new work to be premiered at Stuttgart’s ECLAT Festival.