Lekhfa: Maurice Louca, Maryam Saleh, Tamer Abu Ghazaleh © Omar Mostafa
In Between Spaces: Lekhfa | Nadah El Shazly u.a.
European enthusiasm for pop music and club sounds from the Middle East has been unbroken for several years. Under the title "IN BETWEEN SPACES: INDIE IDIOSYNCRACIES", musician and curator Thomas Gläßer organizes a music and discourse event lasting several days in dialogue with the Egyptian-Algerian producer and music manager Sarah El Miniaway, which takes a closer look at the idiosyncratic hybridizations between Arab and Western music that have emerged in recent decades in the alternative music scenes of many Arab cities. The festival sets three highlights in the Stadtgarten concert hall and the newly opened club "Jaki", the converted Studio 672 in the Stadtgarten, which above all illuminate the musical phenomena themselves.
The third highlight of the series "In Between Spaces" is thrown on multilayered experimental pop music as constructed by the Egyptian-Palestinian "Supergroup" Lekhfa around Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca and Tamer Abu Gazaleh. Or Nadah El Shazly, who recorded her deliriously disorienting album "Ahwar" (2017) between Cairo and Montreal.
Concept & Curation: Thomas Gläßer in dialogue with Sarah El Miniawy
Organizer: ZAM Center for Contemporary Music e.V.
Cooperation partners: Academy of the Arts of the World and European Centre for Jazz and Contemporary Music in the Stadtgarten
In Between Spaces: Indie Idiosyncracies is part of the event series Global Diffusion - Musical Statements Cologne, supported by the city of Cologne, as well as of the thematic line Hybrid Transactions of the Akademie der Künste der Welt.