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02/25/2019 - 13:07
Next Premieres

Many thanks to the Duo Sempre from Oldenburg - Arsen Asanov und Dariya Panasevych - for the beautiful Premiere of LA JOIE in Hamburg on November 24. They have already published a stunning music video of the piece on Youtube. On December 18 Seldom Sene will play the first two movements of my new Suite AFRICAN CHRISTMAS in Utrecht (whole Premiere in one year). And on February 19 next year António Carrilho from Lisboa will perform "Ukuvalelisa, 10 Miniatures for Recorder Solo" for the first time - in Sydney, Australia! My first premiere Down Under. And we will play Cádiz together in a specially arranged version for recorder and piano. Finally: On April 4 the Philadelphia Sinfonia under the baton of Gary White will play the premiere of my CELEBRATION for string orchestra. I hope to see you there! By the way: Since September the new CD NOT A SINGLE ROAD from Seldom Sene is available - including a beautiful recording of my African Suite No. 24 MATHONGO AMNANDI (Sweet Dreams).

02/21/2019 - 23:11
Double Saturday

On February 23 there will be two Premieres on one day: On the Recorder Day Itzehoe the commissioned work UXOLO for recorder orchestra will be played for the very first time. And nearly at the same time Liesbeth Schlumberger and Claudia Leibovitz will play the Premiere of my African Suite No. 27 TELL THEM I'VE HAD A WONDERFUL LIFE for organ and recorder in the Église Protestante Unie de Étoile in Paris, just a few steps from the Arc de Triomphe. I am very happy, but I can only attend the Premiere in Paris! Besides I am proud to announce that the new CD of iFlautisti DOUCE DAMES JOLIE contains my African Suite No.15 WAKATI NJEMA in a wonderful recording. The marvelous CD is available in every CD-shop, on Spotify and soon also on this homepage!

01/11/2019 - 12:00
Kampala Circus

I am looking forward to the Premiere of my African Suite No. 23 KAMPALA CIRCUS by the fabulous Hanke Brothers tomorrow in Böblingen! The concert is sold out - if you already have a ticket, I am very much looking forward to meet you there! The instrumentation piano, tuba, viola and recorder is as unique as the four brothers and the whole family. This will be great fun!

11/30/2018 - 07:32
Seldom Sene

Many Thanks to Katharine Rawdon (flute), Raj Bhimani (piano) und António Carrhilo (recorder) for the fantastic Premiere of my 22th African Suite INSIDE KAMPALA in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Bombay on November 27! Now I am looking forward to the recording of my African Suite No. 24, MATHONGO AMNANDI (sweet dreams) on the 14th and 15th of December in Amsterdam by the fantastic quintet SELDOM SENE, who commissioned the piece!

10/13/2018 - 19:01
Premiere in India!

My biggest thanks to the Bass Recorder Consort of Simon Borutzki who played the Premiere of my Ingxunguphalo in the Genezareth Church in Berlin today! Now I am looking forward to the next Premiere: My African Suite No, 22 INSIDE KAMPALA will have Premiere on November 27 in the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Bombay! Syrinx : XXII is the name of the fantastic ensemble formed by Katharine Rawdon (Flute) , Raj Bhimani (piano) und António Carrhilo (recorder). Read more about this here: https://serenademagazine.com/series/know-your-composer/discover-soren-si... I hope to see you there!

08/02/2018 - 09:57
Alla turca and African Circus

Just published: On their first CD Alla turca the Berlin Recorder Orchestra, conducted by Simon Borutzki, plays works of Händel, Beethoven, Mozart, Tschaikowsky - and my first Arabic piece Jabal Ram. A terrific CD and a wonderful recording! And the next premiere will be on September 7: The amazing Hanke Brothers will play the Suite African Circus that I wrote for them, in an open air concert in Böblingen. I am very much looking forward to it!

05/10/2018 - 18:34
A very special concert!

The next concert dedicated to my works will be at a very special place: At the beautiful Mendelssohn-Saal in the music university where I studied 1992 till 1996! I even wrote a novel about my time there, but it was never published... fortunately!
Friday, May 18, 7pm. I already say thank you to Rosa Lord, Anja Micheely, Mona Wölfel, Anne Wollherr, Barbara Niestroy, Corinna Fröhlich, Ebba-Maria Künning-Zeijl und Anette Bahe who will be participating. I will play the Contrabass Recorder in Consolation and Ajo Oloyin and the piano in the first two movements of Imibala yenjabulo. Hope to see you there!

02/14/2018 - 12:22
Premiere in Porto

My biggest thanks to Katharine Rawdon, the Southern California Flute Virtuoso in Lisbon, for the fantastic Premiere of my very first Suite for Flute Solo SO LONG at the Porto Flute Festival! She played the three movements SO KIND, SO SAD and SO HAPPY with wonderful expression and brillant technique, and her idea to imitate a smooth jazz drums with her concert shoes will be adapted in the score! Now I am looking forward to the Premiere of my 22nd African Suite INSIDE KAMPALA by her trio Syrinxello in Lisbon.

01/21/2018 - 23:51
Premiere in Oldenburg

My biggest thanks to Christiane Abt, Gabriele Hoeltzenbein, Ruth Ense and Ronald Poelman for the fantastic Premiere of SIKU SIYO MBALI (The day is not far) on January 14 in Oldenburg! Eight hands at one piano - only possible with a lot of practicing and four great (and slim) pianists like you! Congratulations also for the great percussion part in the beginning :-) Looking forward to hear it again! The next Premiere will be in Porto during the Porto Flute Festival on February 13 - my first Suite for Flute solo, played by the fabulous Katharine Rawdon!

01/12/2018 - 15:07
First Premiere of the New Year!

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!!!