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My dear friends, the new year starts with the World Premiere of my piece Siku siyo mbali (the day is not far) for EIGHT hands at ONE piano by the wonderful ensemble Tastissimo in Oldenburg on Sunday, the 14th of January, at 5pm. Those of you familiar with my work know Siku siyo mbali was the second movement of my 15th African Suite WAKATI NJEMA. (You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zunivcAJlZs) But this piece was such a torturing earworm for me that I decided to write a bigger piece about that theme. As a coincidence my old friend Ronald Poelman asked me if I could write something for his piano quartet for eight hands at one piano - truly a very special instrumentation! It took me quite a long time, because it is really hard to make sure the hands and the bodies will not run into each other. In fact only a shortened version will be performed on sunday - including percussion in, under and on the Grand Piano. I am really looking forward to it. Hope to see you there!!!

Lyme-Régis, Fulda, Paris, Hsinchu, Michaelstein and Hamburg - I enjoyed all recorder workshops of this year very much! Next year I will give two workshops about African choir music on February 10/11 and June 23/24 in Hamburg. The next workshop about my African Recorder Music will be on Juni 16/17 in Fulda. I hope to see you there!

Today five new works came from the printing company: Imibala yenjabulo for Solo Recorder and Piano - my African Suite No.18, which I composed for Meng-Heng Chen and me and which we performed at July second and third during my stay in Taiwan in Hsinchu and Taipei. A true concert piece! Then Ixesha, my African Suite No. 20, composed for the fantastic Boreas Quartet from Bremen, first performed by them on September 23 at the ERTA-Congress in Michaelstein. Umoya - commissioned by the Hamburg Recorder Orchestra Nordwind (wind from the north), first performed in June 24 in Hamburg under the conduct of Antje Susanne Kopp; and two Solo Suites for Contrabass, composed for my polish friend Marcin Oles, that we recorded end of September in beautiful Krakow: Ayiyeki (Never Stop), my African Suite No. 13, and Umbalisi mabali (The storyteller), my African Suite Nr. 14. From now on you can order the pieces here on the website!

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Biography

Sören Sieg (*1966) learned to play the recorder, violin and piano as a child and later the saxophone, trumpet, guitar and drums. He studied Sociology, Politics and Music in Hamburg and Bielefeld. He toured with his a cappella group LaLeLu for 18 years throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Since 2012 he has lived as a composer and author in Hamburg. He has published ten books and numerous works for classical ensembles that are played all around the world. read more »