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Sound and audio tour in the desert Sinai

from 21.10.-04.11.2017

 with Katrin Biallas and Jochen Fassbender

We ride on camels through sand and stone deserts – led by Bedouins.

In powerful places we play on novel instruments for striking, rubbing, stroking or blowing glass, metal or stone.

After playing, we are quiet and pay attention to whether something has changed in our hearing.

Through his resonances we learn a lot about the place. Because everywhere it sounds different.

There actually develops a conversation with the forces in nature that can touch us deeply.

Our journey begins in a village-like camp right on the coast of the Gulf of Aqaba.
After three days of attunement, giving us the opportunity to get to know each other, familiarize ourselves with the instruments and swim in the sea, we finally head inland. The desert there is of enchanting beauty and amazing scenic diversity. Bedouins guide us and feed us on the situation fire. We travel on camels and on foot.
The focus of the journey is the attentive perception of the desert landscapes, the listening to the sounds and the experience of a nomadic culture. The Bedouins will also participate in the sound meditations.
Katrin Biallas has lived as an ethnologist for years with the Bedouins – she was adopted there 25 years ago into a family – and speaks their language, an Arabic dialect. She and the Bedouins will be talking about the fascinating culture of the desert Arabs at the Evening Campfire Academy, where Katrin Biallas translates all conversations between them and the travelers.
Jochen Fassbender has been working as a sound artist since 1988.His focus is on research on sound phenomena of various materials, forms, resonances and movements. He develops and builds new musical instruments and sound objects and gives courses and concerts.
He will accompany the listening and sound experiences with his instruments:

Price: 1480, – € (without flight)
Number of participants: up to 10 persons

If you want to know more about this trip, here you will find the info booklet and the flyer.

Katrin Biallas
Kirchgässle 22
72160 Horb
Tel: 07451/9079266

Jochen Fassbender
Eisenbahnstr. 6
51545 Waldbröl
Tel: 02291/808651
Fax: 02291/808675

Music connects

Cultures in harmony

Dear Sound Art Interested,

Refugees have been pouring into Europe for years. The reaction of more and more people in this country are demarcation and xenophobia. Out of the pressure of suffering, I felt a desire to do something. The idea was born to make music with refugees. My friend Jörn Wiertz organized a charity concert in the Protestant Church of Rosbach an der Sieg.
In the run-up to this concert, I invited refugees and locals via a newsletter to play music together. Anyone who wanted to attend was welcome – no matter which country, man or woman, young or old, musician or non-musician.
We played on musical instruments developed by me. I gave only a few small specifications, within which all participants could develop freely.
Everyone was able to prove to themselves that he has a sense of musical beauty and is thus able to create beautiful sounds, even if he has never before held an instrument in his hand.
Among refugees and locals there were also some musicians who brought their instrument to our meetings and played – on the tambour, the oud, the neyhambone, a Persian bagpipe as well as the violin, trumpet or flute.
Finally, two local choirs performed at the concert. First, music from the Occident and the East was contrasted. Only later did our improvisations begin. Based on a keynote and carried by the sounds of my overtone-tuned instruments, music of different cultures met.
At the end lullabies were sung. They were recited in a Kurdish, Arabic, Persian or German language via a soundtrack created jointly. First they were sung one after the other. In the end, all the songs flowed together improvisational.
As allready mentioned – there were hardly any professional musicians but mostly laymen at work. And our performances were not perfect. Maybe that was the reason why such a heart-opening atmosphere arose. The musician refugees showed something of themselves as well as their cultural background. The interaction with the locals gave rise to a very harmonious yet completely new music. One could guess that the immigration could mean a tremendous cultural enrichment for us. The four hundred concertgoers in the overcrowded church listened intently. Finally, there was stormy applause.
You can watch a video clip of our concert here:

Even weeks later, I always get the feedback that this concert was a positive impulse for many. For the Germans, because their fear of strangers could turn into sympathy and interest. And for the refugees, because after such terrible war and flight experiences, perhaps so many Germans listened sympathetically for the first time.

For me, the greatest thing is when art and music unfold beneficial effects in social life. It showed us what music can do. It can be reduced to this simple formula: the opposite of a weapon is a musical instrument. With weapons you destroy, with music you can heal.

In the last state elections, the AFD, which even demands the shooting order against refugees, drove double-digit results. This makes it clear that everywhere in our country people are threatened by fear and that projects as described here are actually urgently needed in many places.

If you want to realize such musical encounters sometimes your environment and still have questions about the concrete implementation, sign up! I would like to help you.

We have many inquiries regarding further concerts. I’ve teamed up with the musicians I’ve met among the refugees, as well as German musicians. As far as we can, we also want to make music and give concerts with refugees and locals elsewhere, as described here.

In the hope of a philanthropic future and with warm regards,

Jochen Fassbender