6. January 2014

Timothy O’Dwyer: The Fold

We are looking forward to January 24 – when the Academy of World Arts will be our guest with a concert conducted by Timothy O’Dwyer, who is realizing the project as part of his fellowship.

Friday 24th January 2014, 8:00 pm
musikFabrik, Im Mediapark 7, 50670 Cologne
Free entry

“The Fold” is an ongoing international collaborative project directed by Academy fellow Timothy O’Dwyer inspired by the book “The Fold: Leibniz and the Baroque” by Gilles Deleuze. In each version of “The Fold” musicians are brought together from different stylistic and cultural backgrounds to simultaneously explore collective composing, collective improvising and collective performing. The project seeks to combine the narratives and personalities of all of the members of the ensemble equally in the creation and presentation of new works.

Regarding the concert in Cologne, Timothy O’Dwyer, saxophonist and director of the project, explains:
“Since arriving in Köln I have had the pleasure of playing and meeting a number of special musicians. I am very excited about the people that I have assembled for the ‘Köln Fold’. Coming from diverse backgrounds, Bassem Hawar (Djose) and Saad Thamir (Percussion) are originally from Iraq, Carl Rosman (Clarinets) is a permanent member of musikFabrik and local improviser and composer Carl Ludwig Hübsch (Tuba) will be joining me in performing new compositions created by weaving and folding their styles, personalities and cultures together into a unique and powerful music.”

Follow The Fold:

Born in 1972 in Baghdad Bassem Hawar grown up in the very old cultur landscape between the sumerian town Ur and Lagash in the south of Iraq. This region is the home of many artists and musicians. From 1987-1993 he studied at the Conservatory in Baghdad to finish with a degree in Djoze, followd by studies of musicology at the Baghdad University. From 1995-1999 he worked as a djoze teacher at the Baghdad Conservatory. At the same time Bassem Hawar was connected to the Instrument Workshop of the Conservatory, researching construction and playing techniques of the Djoze. He had many performances in the Arab world and Europe with the Iraqi Synphonic Orchestra and the ensembles al Bayariq, Babel, Yuri Honing, Lagash, Baghdad Ensemble and Ahoar. Since 2000 he lives in Germany.

Carl Ludwig Hübsch was born in Freiburg. He grew up playing clarinet in the local brass band and drums in punk- 
and rock bands, . Later he changed clarinet to tuba.
The discovery of Jazz and Improvisation led to studies in Improvisation with M. A. Fataah.
Hübsch received a certification at the Pedagogic College in Freiburg in singing, theory, drums.
He studied electronic music with Klaus Weinhold.
 Hübsch’s work focusses on Improvised Music, Contemporary Music and Composition. He composes and performs in concert halls, studios and theatres lending his talents to ensembles and orchestras. He`s well known for his unique solo concerts and workshops for tuba or improvisation. Besides his own projects he founded the ENSEMBLE X and co-leads the Multiple Joy[ce] Orchestra.

The Australian Dr Timothy O’Dwyer is a saxophonist, composer and researcher, as well as current Head of the School of Contemporary Music at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore. With a background in punk-jazz and free improvisation, Timothy O’Dwyer’s music constantly pushes the boundaries of style, technique and especially context stretching across borders of culture, performance practice and art forms.
He has toured widely internationally, released 8 CDs of original compositions to critical acclaim and is a member of the Australian contemporary music group ELISION Ensemble. Timothy is an Academy fellow from August 2013 to August 2014.

Carl Rosman was born in England and studied clarinet in Australia. He performs as a soloist in a wide range of repertoire from the Romantic period to the present day, specialising in contemporary solo repertoire. He was awarded a Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the 1994 Darmstädter Ferienkurse.
From July to December 2002 he was an artist in residence at the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart). Carl now lives in Cologne as a permanent member of musikFabrik . He is also co-artistic director of Libra and a member of ELISION and has appeared with many other ensembles, also as a conductor.

Saad Thamir was born 1972 in Bagdad, Iraq. He studied Arabic and Worldly music science and composition at the Bagdad University. After his studies Saad worked as a music professor at the “Institute of Beautiful Arts” in Bagdad, until the political situation forced him to leave the country and to flee to Jordan. There he worked as a music professor and further more he stood up against the Iraqi regime artistically and politically in the press and at appearances. Two years later Saad came to Germany to train with the composers Wolfgang Hamm and Chao Ming Tung.
2002 he founded the group Lagash to realise his idea to combine Arabic and Western music on a classic level. In Germany he discovered Jazz for himself, which influenced him in his further musical development. He founded the group Ahoar (Mesopotamien-Jazz), which won the first prize at the nationwide world music competition Creole in 2006. He founded a duet Sidare with Bassem Hawar. The duet plays ancient, almost forgotten Iraqi songs and melodies. He is founder and director of the Arabic music division at the Cologne Rochus Music School.