Art Alert: Berlin, Symphony of a Great City

Ahram Online, Thursday 28 Nov 2013

Contemporary Egyptian musician and sound artist Mahmoud Refat will create a live musical score to a 1927 documentary film capturing the city of Berlin on 4 Dec at AUC's Falaki Theatre

Sound artist and musician Mahmoud Refat (Photo: courtesy of 100Copies Music and Falaki Theatre)

Old meets new at the Falaki Theatre, as contemporary Egyptian electronic musician Mahmoud Refat will deliver a live score to a documentary film by Walter Rutmann capturing 1927 Berlin.

Cairene Mahmoud Refat (b.1974) founded the Cairo-based record label 100Copies Music and established the 100Live Electronic Music Festival in Cairo. A composer of soundtracks for performing arts, cinema, experimental videos and TV documentaries, his work includes international collaborative projects, installations and audio-visual performances.

By delivering a contemporary live score to this silent documentary film of the city of Berlin, Mahmoud Refat presents a musical interpretation of the movie while placing it within a different context.

Furthermore, the artist attempts to present "a space for the re-animation of the narrative, thus creating the opportunity for a real encounter and the possibility for a document from the past to be experienced as a living sensitised moment from our contemporary culture," according to the event's press release.

Wednesday, 4 December, at 8pm
Falaki Theatre, American University in Cairo, Falaki Campus, Downtown, Cairo

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