Samir Odeh-Tamimi

Composer

contact

Clara Rempe

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General Management

CR Thomas Kujawinski

Dates

08.07. 20:00
Konzerthaus Freiburg

Samir Odeh-Tamimi,  Neues Werk für Elektronik und Orchester

Samir Odeh-Tamimi, Guest
SWR Symphonieorchester

biography

Samir Odeh-Tamimi has developed his very own language in music which draws upon his intense involvement with both western avant-garde music and Arabic music performance practice. Full of enthusiasm for the European classics as well as New Music, the Palestinian-Israeli composer arrived in Germany at the age of 22 and studied musicology and composition. Alongside studying the works of his compositional paragons, who include Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis, he also questioned the musical culture of his native country; he had studied this in his youth as a member of an ensemble performing traditional Arabic music on contemporary instruments.

Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s compositions can now be heard at well-known festivals, and he has received commissions from Deutschlandfunk, Saarländischer Rundfunk, the Donaueschingen Festival, European Centre of the Arts in Hellerau, WDR Radio and Bavarian Radio/musica viva. In 2010, his music theatre piece Leila und Madschnun received its world premiere at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum. As part of the project into Istanbul, initiated by Ensemble Modern and the Siemens Arts Programme in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, he composed a piece for Ensemble Modern inspired by his stay in the Turkish metropolis. During the last few years, Samir Odeh-Tamimi has also closely collaborated with the Boulanger Trio and the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. The singers have since travelled to the composer’s birthplace and parents’ home close to Tel Aviv to discover his musical roots for the premiere of a new piece for Stuttgart’s Eclat Festival.

Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s oratorio Hinter der Mauer (Behind the Wall) was commissioned by the RIAS Kammerchor on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of German reunification. Following its world premiere in the Berlin Radialsystem it was again performed by the RIAS Kammerchor and the musikFabrik ensemble in Jerusalem and Dresden. Mansúr, the celebrated work commissioned by the Salzburg Festival and performed for the first time in 2014 by the Bavarian Radio Choir and members of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, deals with the Sufi mystic and revolutionary Mansur Al-Hallağ. Last season, as well as Alif, a collaborative music theatre work composed with the DJ and electronic musician Stefan Goldmann, L’Apokalypse Arabe I was premiered at Klarafestival in Brussels as part of Pierre Audi’s staged version of Bach’s St. John Passion. Performed in between the two parts of the passion, the work is based on texts by the Lebanese poet Etel Adnan.

To open the 2016/17 season, the WDR Choir will give the premiere performance of Ramádi for choir and two percussionists at the NOW! Festival in Essen. Elsewhere, Schola Heidelberg will give the premiere performance of Palmyra, a new work commissioned by the ensemble, in October 2016. The composer is currently working on a large-scale work for speaker and electronics for the new SWR Orchestra as well as a new viola concerto for the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra.

Samir Odeh-Tamimi was made a member of the Akademie der Künste in Berlin in 2016, when he was also awarded a German Music Author’s Prize by GEMA.

2016/17 season

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Reviews

In his intermezzo “And you Must Suffer”, a setting of the poem “L’apocalyse arabe” by the Lebanese painter and writer Etel Adnan, Samir Odeh-Tamimi displays deep imagination and a sense of complexity. Here, an important Arabian voice is making himself heard in Europe.
Opernwelt, Shirley Apthorp, May 2017 (on the Opera Forward Festival Amsterdam)

Also strong was “Jarich (Mondgott)”, in which the Palestinian Samir Odeh-Tamimi remembered the suffering of his family, victims of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here, three dramatically articulated female voices were recorded onto tape, and transformed in a nightmarish fashion. To this were added decontextualized aural snapshots of Palestine: ritual songs, Sufi music, gongs and drums. This work created a sonic maelstrom.
Stuttgarter Nachrichten, Verena Grosskreutz, 11/2/2014 (on the ECLAT Festival Neue Musik Stuttgart)

In their works “Cihangir” and “üg” for ensemble and electronics, composed in 2008 as part of the Siemens Arts Program project “into Istanbul”, Samir Odeh-Tamimi and Marc Andre listened directly to the city on the Bosphorus. Odeh-Tamimi portrays a modern metropolis; Andre paints a perhaps clichéd yet nevertheless alluring picture of an oriental city. Both convey the sense that there is no reason to fear the “other”. Such ambassadors would be invaluable to states and nations.
Der Standard, Heidemarie Klabacher, 2/8/2014 (on the Salzburger Festspiele)

The world premiere of Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s “Oh Leute, rettet mich vor Got” was a sensational aural experience. In this work, the Palestinian-Israeli composer refers to the medieval Islamic mystic Mansur Al-Hallaj, combining his religious texts with two poems by the Syrian lyric poet Adonis, born in the 1930s, which describe the alienation of man from their origins through destruction and technological rationality. Language and words here lie at the centre of existence. Odeh-Tamimi’s piece is appropriately eloquent, with spinning vocal figures that stammer, become ecstatic, solidify and then break apart again. Sudden tempo changes shift the work between meditative chant and roaring at breakneck speeds. The audience in the Südkirche was overwhelmed.
Esslinger Zeitung, Dietholf Zerweck, 11/9/2012 (on the Musikfest Stuttgart)

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