PROGRAMME: Fifth Cairo Contemporary Music Days at American University in Cairo and Goethe Institut

Ahram Online , Wednesday 19 Apr 2017

The three-day event will include Western contemporary music performances and discussions about this music genre

Cairo Contemporary Music Days (Photo: an event held at the American University in Cairo (AUC) during the 2011)

The European- Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (EECMS) hosts its fifth edition of Cairo Contemporary Music Days 2017 at Cairo’s American University (AUC) and Goethe Institute between  27 and 30 April.

The three-day event will feature two seminars and two music performances.

Founded and managed by Sherif El Razzaz, EECMS is an initiative launched in 2010 to promote Western contemporary music in Egypt and promote dialogue among various cultural institutions and ensembles locally and internationally.


Thursday 27 April

Seminar: Music Talks I/ Music- What for?

American University in Cairo, 1pm
New Cairo Campus, Fifth Settlement, Cairo

The seminar will feature lecture by music and philosophy professor Doris Koesterke who will speak about music theorist and composer John Cage and his attempts in using music as a model to express his ideas. 

Carte Blanche I

Goethe Institute, 8pm
13 Hussein Wasef st., El Mesaha Square, Dokki, Cairo

A joint performance by The Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble and L’Ensemble (Lithuania), conducted by Vykintas Baltakas.

The evening wil include the world premiere of Justina Repekaitė’s Dumtakah as well as String Quartet by Bushra El Turk, Utopia for solo clarinet by Amr Okba, Meditation for solo violin by Gamal Abdel Rahim, Music of Falling Sounds for violin and electronics by Vykintas Baltakas, Heap of Language by Arturas Bumšteinas, among other works.

Friday 28 April

Seminar: Music Talks II- Why isn’t it Just Nice? 

Goethe Institute, 7pm
13 Hussein Wasef st., El Mesaha Square, Dokki, Cairo

A discussions about the beginning of new music in Darmstadt, Germany, after World War II.

Sunday 30 April

Carte Blanche II

American University in Cairo (AUC), 8pm
AUC, Tahrir Campus, Cairo

A joint performance by L’Ensemble (Lithuania) and the Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble featuring the compositions by Hikari Kiyama, Zad Moultaka, Bushra El Turk, Hassan Taha and Øyvind Torvund.

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