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Annual Report

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    During the past months, the primary focus of the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Society (EECMS) has been on developing and implementing projects that aim at bringing together Arab and European culture on several different levels. The starting point of these projects is the consideration of connecting the traditional Arab cultural heritage with the musical language of contemporary music: on the one hand, this approach enables Arab listeners to comprehend the achievements of European Modernism in greater intellectual and emotional depth through their connection to elements of their own cultural heritage; on the other hand, it encourages European composers to deeply engage in Arab music and culture.

    Newly integrated Music Talks  

    The EECMS introduces a Music Talks series in the Cairo Contemporary Music Day 5th editionwhich is a series that promotes the general and essential knowledge of music development which comes from a strong belief in the importance of understanding the progress in the field which has led the technologies to be part of it and of the creations of most of the sound artists and electronic music composers. This is in relation to the developed theory which has led to current complexities of music composing in general. The series of music talks and lectures welcome everyone to experience more about the music industry and free of charge as all EECMS events. “Carte Blanche” Collaboration between the Goethe Institut Cairo and with the Goethe-Institut Vilnius (Lithuania) dealing with the exchange of different programs and projects in many cultural and artistic areas. The project aims to transmit a current realistic image of each country. With the support of the Goethe- Institut the mobility of cultural activists will be conveyed and a space for encounters between the countries and a better understanding should be created. Within “Carte Blanche” the Goethe-Institut Cairo organizes concerts with Egyptian musicians from the Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble (ECME), Lithuanian musicians from LENsemble (Lithuanian Ensemble Network) and others. Support from Egyptian and Lithuanian institutions as well as the Japan Foundation and the ISCM Members support fund enabled us to realize the plans. For this reason, this year’s Cairo Contemporary Music Days take place in two phases. The first part of the festival in April and May 2017 is dedicated to the compositions of the participants of “Heritage and Modernity”. Two world premieres will be in the centre of the programme: Justina Repečkaitė (Lithuania) and Hikari Kiyama( Japan) were both amongst the participants of the “Heritage and Modernity” forum last year. The second part of the festival will be held in October 2017 and focus on the Nordic Countries. Further highlights of this year’s festival is the Egyptian premiere of several Arab composers, among others Hassan Taha with his Dice Player, Zad Moultaka with his Cinq Haïkus pour alto et voix and a focus on Bushra el Turk. Moreover, Dr. Doris Kösterke will inaugurate the EECMS’s frst seminar-series `` Music Talks`` at the Supreme cultural council and the American University in Cairo with two different topics. Our already existing collaboration with Lithuania was perfect to integrate in Carte Blanche, thank to the support of Goethe Institut, furthermore we could win the ISCM Member Support Fund for a second round in Cairo and after a very successful performances and lectures in Vilnius where again members of the Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble and LENsemble will perform two concerts dedicated to the Topic Music Tradition and Modernity.

    Women Composers of our Time

    For the past six years, the EECMS and its supporters have been working towards remediating this deficit: since 2011, we were able to commission an unprecedented number of new works by Egyptian and Arab composers, and to have them performed by some of the most acclaimed musicians in Europe and the Middle East. In the course of several initiatives, we have set in motion a process of intense artistic exchange between Arab artists in the field and foreign ones, such as our “Heritage and Modernity” Forum in April 2016, which was attended by many well-established as well as upcoming young composers from different parts of the world. Thus, we were able to critically raise the awareness and appreciation of contemporary composition in Egypt among governmental and non-governmental cultural actors as well as various kinds of audiences.


    We believe it would be insufficient to explain away the absence of women composers in the musical landscape of the Middle East solely by pointing to the small contemporary classical market, a lack of recognition of the genre, and the overall standing of women in Middle Eastern societies. However, our aim is not to confirm the rarity of women composers in the contemporary music, as the whole field is marginalized and composers of all genders are shunned from the mainstream artistic scene. Much rather, we hope that with “Women Composers of Our Time”, we will be able to shed more light on the progress of the presence of women composers worldwide in different cultures that deal with questions of gender differently.

    The EECMS strongly believes in establishing a constructive cultural dialogue that involves other important actors in society in order to complement the musical and performative nature of its projects. That is why collaborating with other organizations such as the Women and Memory Forum in Cairo ( is of much importance. The Women and Memory Forum has been involved in a process of highlighting the role of women in Oral and Written history, and its academic expertise will greatly enrich the project. We are now working toward a joint roundtable discussion at the new residence of the Goethe-Institut, including artists, composers and academics who will discuss the role of women in general and women composers in particular at different epochs and in different areas throughout history.



    1. Panel discussion in collaboration with the Women and Memory Forum and the Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble, hosted and supported by the Goethe-Institut Egypt in Cairo. The program and list of speakers is being developed in close collaboration with the Women and Memory Forum. The programm will be accompanied by performances of short pieces by Bushra Al Turk (Lebanon/UK), Kaija Saariaho (Finland) and Anahita Abbasi (Iran).


    2. “Meet the Composers”, an EECMS initiative in collaboration with the English Department Cultural Society, Cairo University. The event is aimed at non-music students in Cairo, providing a hinge between the contemporary music scene and non-music students in Cairo; a second edition is planned in April 2017.

    3. Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble Concert, Ewart Memorial Hall – in collaboration with the American University in Cairo, Center for the Arts, with the friendly support of the Goethe-Institut. With the concert, we wish to showcase as wide a range of contemporary music forms as possible, including sound art and electronic tools. It will feature a world premiere by leading Egyptian sound artist Yara Mekawei and Egyptian premieres by Kaija Saariaho (Finland), Isabel Mundry (Germany), and Guest of Honour Tansy Davies (UK).



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