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This is the first movement of my African Suite No. 15, Wakati njema. In Kisuaheli this means "The Best Moment". I chose this title according to the African proverb: "The best moment to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best moment is now." This first movement is called Usiogope - "Don't be afraid". I wish to express my biggest thanks to i Flautisti - The London Recorder Quartet - Jitka...
This is the second movement of my first flute quintet NJAGALA NNYIMBA, performed by the fabulous Ensemble Flötissimo on the 16th of July 2016. Njagala Nnyimba is Luganda (one of the 40 languages spoken in Uganda) and means I LOVE MUSIC. The movement is called Ekibuzo (The Question). It describes the view on the tranquil Victoria Lake from a boat that floats in the mild evening light while you ask...
This is the second movement of my African Suite No. 15. "Siku siyo mbali" in Kisuaheli means "the day is not far". The melody of this movement was running through my head so consistently, that I later composed an 11-minutes-piece for four pianists about it. Wakati njema in Kisuaheli means "The Best Moment". I chose this title according to the African proverb: "The best moment to plant a tree was...
On the sixteenth of march, i Flautisti - the London Recorder Quartet, played the premiere of my 15th African Suite WAKATI NJEMA in the Lutherian Church in Vienna. This is the joyful third movement HIVYO NDIVYO, which means THATS IT! The photos and the recording were made at that occasion. Many thanks to Jitka Konečná, Kerstin Kubitschek, Doris Lindner and Anna Mikolajková for the fantastic...
2014 I wrote the 16 Variations on an irish Jig - the Swallowtail Jig - for the Ensemble Pipelife, and in November 2016 they recorded it for their album"Tides and Tunes" with recorder music from the British Islands. A great recording! Here you hear the theme and the first five variations.
2002 I wrote Umbala for our show "Great Art. For a lot of money." Later it became one of our most popular songs, sung by more than a hundred choirs, on baptisms, marriages and funerals. The words are partly a fantasy language, partly Xhosa and mean: How I long to be with far from here, with my loved one. Here you see how we sang Umbala together with the Mädchenchor Hamburg (Girl's Choir Hamburg...
In November 2015 I wrote my 16th African suite INXAXHEBA for the Flanders Recorder Quartet. Here you hear the first movement Yitsho, Yintoni ulonwabo (Tell Me, What is Happiness?). INXAXHEBA is Xhosa and means Opportunity, and according to Sören Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, to whom I owe my name, happiness is exactly about this: about the passion of opportunity (Die Leidenschaft der...

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 »