Concert, Live Drawing Blickwechsel/Eye Contact

Blickwechsel/Eye Contact Photo: Imelda T. Mandala

Fri, 03.10.2014

National Theatre Yangon, Myoma Kyoung Road, Dagon Tsp/Yangon

Cartoons in Concert - a Musical and Visual Dialogue

Clichés and stereotypes come about – whether we want them to or not – whenever we look at other countries, peoples and cultures. Whether grossly misrepresenting or affectionately mocking, they influence the image we have of the other. In this 60th year of relations between Myanmar and Germany, we experiment with this simple insight into ethnic psychology.

We bring our two countries into “visual contact” by staging a concert in which each reflects the other, musically and visually. Two caricaturists, Saw Taw Dhar and Malte Jehmlich, will use drawings that they will produce on canvas during the concert to create a graphic dialogue that will raise the interplay of Burmese and German musicians to a new dimension.

The now tried and tested “Myanmar meets Europe” formation featuring Hein Tint’s Hsaing Waing Ensemble and Tim Isfort’s jazz group will be complemented by 15 string musicians from the Attachment of Cloud (AOC) Orchestra Yangon. The singer Nan Win will be making a special guest appearance.

The programme promises an evening of highly original entertainment on Germany’s national holiday.

Participating musicians:

Myanmar: Hein Tint - pat waing (circle of drums), Kyi Myint - chauk lone pat (drums), Ye Min Thu - si (small cymbal) - wa (wooden clapper) and lingwin (pair of big cymbals), Kyaw Soe - maung zaing (gongs), Htun Oo - hne (oboe) 
Europe: Tim Isfort – double bass (Germany), Jan Klare - saxophone (Germany), Michael Gordon Vatcher - drums (USA, Netherlands), Francesco Diodati - guitar (Italy).

The  AOC Orchestra was founded at 2003 and is a youth orchestra that actively plays at church services, ceremonies and public concerts. Furthermore, the musicians are teaching children and youths at churches and around Yangon. Their vision is to become a philharmonic orchestra in the future.

Admission free!

Tickets available at the Goethe-Institut, the Cafeteria "Rendezvous"/Institut Français, La Tartine, Pansodan Gallery

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After the third of October, the Eye-Contact Project goes on tour. The dates:

4. October: Kyauk Padaung,

Tamarind forest, Se Pauk village, Kyaukpadaung Township, Mandalay division, Myanmar

5. October: Pyawbwe

Shwe Pyi Thar Pagode

6. October: Aythaya Weinberg

7. October: Taunggyi

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