20. March 2008

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Moon in a moonless sky | The troubadours Allahs


“Everything that can be said shall be said clearly.“ Klaus Lang

for Percussion
Klaus Lang: Composition
Claudia Doderer: Lightdesign
Hannes Ebner, Günter Meinhart, Roland Neffe, Bernhart Richter

Four musicians move the sound coming from the East where Jewish believers expect the messiah and where Christians address their prayers and hopes for the return of the Lord. Slowly, the music moves westwards. The Austrian composer Klaus Lang has put a verbal version in front of the percussion piece “The moon in a moonless sky (two.)”: “…The unique beauty of the silver clear moonlight catches the eye, and from time to time the moon might dissolve in its own clarity.”

Four drummers, moving from one instrument to the other, and four blending chapters: colorless noise generated by skin instruments; wood instruments (marimbaphone, xylophone) account for the clearing up; utmost clarity and rhythm in the play of metal instruments (carillon) and the completely filled out room; finally, overexposure by the sound of rubbing glasses. The image of a personal god dissolves. The musicians fall silent in the westernmost half of the room, the message has shifted to the far-east. For the clarity of the mind.

In Cooperation with MaerzMusik|Berliner Festspiele


“My poverty is my glory.” Prophet Muhammed

Syed Aneesul Hasnen, Gul Muhammad, Khabar Soomro, Qadir Bux, Rahim Dino Junejo, Syed Mir Mohammad Shah, Rano

Lecture from Peter Pannke

Islam, that is: dedication, acquiescence, peace. Sufism, that is: a mystic form of Islam and the spiritual background of 50 million people from North-Africa to Southeast-Asia. In the Pakistani region of Sindh the Sufis carried the Islam to the Hindu people and Buddhists. All their doctrines merged. For the Sufis’ fakirs the realization of godly love rates much higher than formal religious practices. The Sufis may have developed from those people who covered themselves in wool (suf), following the Christian ascetics. The Arabian word “fakir” alludes to the image of poverty—as in prophet Muhammed’s announcement.

“I am the nothingness.”
Shah Abdul Latif

When one of the most significant Sufi poets, Shah Abdul Latif, died in 1752, his followers decided to honor him by singing his songs every night from sunset to sunrise, accompanied by a five-string tanpura. For a quarter of a millennium, seven fakir groups (one for each night of the week) have maintained this rite in honor of Latif in the shrine of the city of Bhit Shah in Pakistan’s Indus valley. On Maundy Thursday the shrine will be in Stein. That part of their music that finds its way into the dream, the fakirs claim, is even more effective than what one hears awake.

© Claudia Doderer

© Claudia Doderer

© Fakire vom Schrein des Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai

© Fakire vom Schrein des Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai