Workshop and Concert Trans-Traditional Contemporary Music With Trickster Orchestra

Trickster Orchestra © Silke Weinsheimer

Tue, 03.03.2020


716, CMH Road
Indiranagar 1st Stage

Composers and instrumentalists (voice and drums) Cymin Samawatie and Ketan Bhatti, founded the Berlin-based Trickster Orchestra, uniting soloists from different music traditions to create a new sound of multi-diverse contemporary music. The musicians are in Bangalore with a unique proposition for local performers!
At an improvisation workshop at the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, they will talk about their work and invite artists to collaborate on the spot. The outcome will be presented at a concert in the Bhavan on the same evening. What's more, the plan is to invite two artists from Bangalore to perform at concerts in Germany in October 2020!
Tuesday March 3, 2020
Workshop 1: 3.00 to 4.30 p.m.
Workshop 2: 5.00 to 6:30 p.m.
Concert featuring Cymin Samawatie, Ketan Bhatti and local guest artists: 7.30 p.m.
Who can take part?
Soloists from traditional and experimental music, open to improvisation, but also dancers or performance artists who would like to interact with us. Maximum number of participants: 10 at each Workshop.
Please send a mail to:, specifying which Workshop you would like to attend. Selection will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
There is no registration fee; participants are expected to attend the Concert as well.
Who is Trickster Orchestra?
Trickster Orchestra performs in varying lineups and sizes. Among its collective are superb musicians and vocalists from genres such as electronic and new music, global classical music traditions, jazz, weird pop, and free improvisation. The ensemble does not simply paste these together, but strives to discover a shared, contemporary musical language.
Based on the conviction that present-day culture is post-exotic, Trickster Orchestra envisions new music that transcends genres and cultures. Traditions and skills rather become tools for improvisation that triggers musical innovation. The orchestra thereby opens up completely new sonic experiences for both musicians and audiences at its concerts and collaborations with contemporary dance and poetry.
Ensemble Biography
Trickster Orchestra © Silke Weinsheimer Trickster Orchestra was founded in 2013 by Cymin Samawatie and Ketan Bhatti. The orchestra was born out of a collaboration between Cymin Samawatie and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, which prompted her to create an ensemble for musical experiments uniting members of Berlin’s free and independent music scene and institutionalised ensembles.
In 2016, Trickster Orchestra received international attention after its performance at the Jazzfest Berlin, described by festival director Richard Williams as one of the most exciting orchestras from the German capital. After concerts in Europe and Western Asia, the orchestra initiated its own projects, including Modara – Festival for Contemporary Music and Divan Berlin-İstanbul – TransPositions between Poetry and Music.
The Concert Project in Germany: Disturbing DIY
In its new international concert project »Disturbing DIY« with guests from Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Bangalore, Trickster Orchestra deals with the theme of change. How does the new come into the world? Through destruction, mutation, imitation, adaptation or revolution? Research on these questions and extensive workshops flow into new compositions and improvisations to be presented through two concerts in Bonn and Berlin, Germany.
Concert Dates:
October 23, 2020 in Bonn
October 25, 2020 in Berlin
Presented by Outernational, curated by Elisa Erkelenz, with kind support from the Goethe-Institut (The other Beethoven(s)).