Elshan Ghasimi – Excerpts of the Radīf I – V | First Introduction

Elshan Ghasimi – Excerpts of the Radīf I – V | First Introduction

Dear readers,

Excerpts of the Radīf is the programmatic title of Elshan Ghasimi's new concert series. It is a journey and invitation to the Classical Persian Canon. Sometimes one only realizes afterwards how fortunate one is.

We can report on a few of these fortunate cases. An example is the encounter and work with the Tar virtuoso and composer Elshan Ghasimi in 2015. The only female master of this instrument worldwide.

© silkroad-festival.com | Fotograf Gerhard Kühne

© silkroad-festival.com | Fotograf Gerhard Kühne

And fortunately, in retrospective, stories are curiously written: So, at the same moment we launched the exhibition cycle Mnemosyne on European identity, our range of topics took a giant leap: Through Ghasimi, the Persian classical culture moved into focus, as the Arabic tradition came into it through the estate of El Arbi Bouqdib.

But how do you create enthusiasm and intelligently approach a foreign civilization and world culture? How can this happen beyond exoticism and terms like 'world music', beyond repetition and standard vocabulary? The leveling down global pop culture is certainly not a lasting concept to uncover a vibrating and yet hidden classical tradition. So we had to go and find other ways.

From these thoughts and in conversation with Ghasimi arose the idea to the series Excerpts of the Radīf: A series of introduction; theoretical, yet flamboyant, complex yet with open arms for open ears and minds. An invitation to explore an unknown and arcane but promising and harmonious Jadeworld.

Premiere and opening will take place on November 15th at 8pm in Berlin.

Literaturhaus Lettrétage, Mehringdamm 61.


Especially in the name of Elshan Ghasimi,
yours sincerely,


JMH Schindele
Artistic Director | Bublitz



… so we came to new formats of media and time convergence like Elies Miniatures. An exemplary centaur of exhibition, concert, archive work and ritualized memory. The first major production of Bublitz Thesaurós with Elshan Ghasimi.

Elshan Ghasimi - Muster

About the Radīf

A Radīf (series, sequence, ranking) is a collection of hundreds, if one counts the Radīfs of differentmasters (Ostād), thousands of melodious figures. So-called Guschehs. These melodies are organized within twelve tonal systems called Dastgāh and Awaz.

The master improvises on the basis of these melodies. These improvisations, not unlike jazz, are the highest form of performing and practicing this art.

In 2009 the Radīf has been declared World Heritage by the UNESCO. But history as we know only comes into individual existance through the living tradition, through the individual and challenging process of update and appropriation.

Ghasimi will present two different tonal systems (Dastgāh and Awaz) in each concert of the five-parted series. Solo Tar or Setar.

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Silk roads, silk voices, steel strings.

Silk roads, silk voices, steel strings.

Dear friends,

We are pleased to invite you to the first two public Konzert-Lesungen by the poet Inge Buck and Elshan Ghasimi.

Two rhetoric, two interlocutors, two generations, two classical traditions interwoven in some other you.

The Konzert-Lesungen will take place on the 30th of August in Bremen, in the book and art shop Franz Leuwer, and on the 3rd of September in Berlin, in the Literature House Lettrétage.

Zwei Minuten & Frühlingsvogel

In these links you will find two poems and compositions.

Zwei Minuten

Poem and voice: Inge Buck.
Composition and interpretation for Persian long-necked lute Tar: Elshan Ghasimi.



Inge Buck Portrait von Julia Baier

© Photo Inge Buck: Julia Baier



fresh::sounds Seidenstrasse 4

"... Beauty poured into sounds ... A soothing evening full of unexpected moments of happiness."

Hamburger Abendblatt on last year's Silkroad Festival


We would also like to draw your attention to the Silk Road Festival on the 8th of September in Hamburg. Elshan Ghasimi will be there, along with other artists from the new and old Silk Road.

Concerts, new atmospheres and other syntheses can be found from 8 pm in the resonanzraum.


In the name of the Bublitz network,

JMH Schindele



Elshan Ghasimi

© Photo Elshan Ghasimi: Bublitz gGmbH

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Was bleibt | Inge Buck and Elshan Ghasimi

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are extremely pleased to introduce you to a new collaboration, a new flower of joint work. The collaboration of Thesaurós artist and composer Elshan Ghasimi with the poet and author Inge Buck.

Poetry & Music. Concert & Reading. Two rhetorics, two interlocutors, two classical traditions face to face.

Buck's poetry, near the ideal of elegiac presentness, realizes the tragedy of the human-bound. However, sometimes cheerful, it never leaves the paved and hard ground of realism; it slips into the comic or even the cynical.

Please find a sample under the following link or in the appendix: Poem and composition for the Persian long-necked lute Tar.

Zwei Minuten.



Inge Buck Portrait by Julia Baier

© Photo Inge Buck: Julia Baier



The first two concert-readings will take place on 30th August in Bremen, in the book and art gallery Franz Leuwer and on 3rd September in Berlin, in the Literature House Lettrétage.

Inge Buck wrote the following introduction to the concert readings:

“Moved and inspired by the volume of poems Unter dem Schnee [“Under the Snow”]by the poet Inge Buck, with collages by Monica Schefold, translated into Persian by Madjid Mohit, the Persian musician and composer Elshan Ghasimi has created corresponding compositions. A poetic dialogue between poetry and music, Orient and Occident, between Inge Buck’s poems and Elshan Ghasimi’s musical interpretations: “The melodies come to me, when I read the poems.”

The gap between the cultures is bridged. In the dialogue and stillness between Persian music and German text, worlds evolve from words and tones: about urban landscapes and nature, seasons and lifetime, forgetting and remembering, about war, exile and the language of books.

Elshan Ghasimi and Inge Buck, two artists of different cultures, languages and generations, meet in their interaction: the texts open themselves to the music, the music to the texts.


The reading and concert will be framed by an introduction by JMH Schindele and a concluding talk with the artists. In Bremen we also have the opportunity to welcome the publisher of the Sujet publishing house Madjid Mohit.

Mohit was honored in 2015 for his enduring work and merit with the Hermann Kesten Prize of the Pen Center Germany. In his capacity as a translator and adapter from German into Persian, he is the facilitator of the collaboration of Buck and Ghasimi.

Please, feel warmly invited and welcomed!

On behalf of the artists and the Bublitz network,

JMH Schindele


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Zarathustra | Elshan Ghasimi and Neda Ahmadi at the Klangteppich-Festival Berlin

Festival for Music of the Iranian Diaspora

Dear friends of Classical Persian music and culture,

We are pleased to announce a special event this Friday in Berlin. For the first time Elshan Ghasmi appears in a duo with the experimental Animator Neda Ahmadi. The whole thing then immediately gains an epic dimension: The two artists made the central creation myth of the ancient Persian religion of Zarathustra to their subject and task: compositions in sand, sound and space for eye, ear and intellect.

The visual concert will take place this Friday, June 22, at 9pm at the Klangteppisch-Festival for Music of the Iranian Diaspora. Organized by journalist Franziska Buhre and musician and musicologist Ali Choolae. The festival brings together an extraordinary group of artists of far-reaching musical and artistic color. In total, there are eight events starting on Friday and Saturday both at 6pm at the Salon am Moritzplatz.

Please find further information here

The official text of the festival:

„The festival presents contemporary music creations by Berlin-based musicians from Iran in new artistic encounters. Persian instruments are to be discovered in new sound environments, the voice is heard in stories and singing in several languages. The variety of remembered and anticipated sounds unfolds into a magnificent fabric that the musicians and listeners tie together.

In the first festival edition, the tar can be experienced as a solo instrument, as a partner of live visuals and as a companion of cello, clarinet, ney and percussion. Kamancheh and tabla will explore the paths of the silk road, the ornamentation of classical Persian song oscillates in digital sound synthesis, tales in Azerbaijani and Turkish enter into a dialogue with contemporary interpretations of Persian poetry. The rhythms of tonbak and daf will eventually resonate in electronic sound layers.“

So again and with appropriate emphasis: A warm invitation to the festival this Friday and Saturday, from 6pm onwards at the Salon am Moritzplatz. As little aperçu of activation, the trailer of the first appearance of the ensemble 'Das Auge des Divans' (Gerhardt / Ghasimi) from the beginning of the year. We are looking forward to seeing you there.

Elshan Ghasimi and the entire Bublitz-Network


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New Exhibition Cycle: Elies Miniatures | Ghasimi, Martychowiec and EBA

Elshan Ghasimi

Elies Miniatures I - II
Ein Garten singender Objekte & Archivblumen


In August 2015, Bublitz conducted an interview with the mathematician and Quran researcher, chemist and magician, poet and programmer El Arbi Bouqdib. Bouqdib died the following March. In 2017, together with the Bouqdib family, we founded the El Arbi Bouqdib Archive. Now the Archive is about to get activated and start talking.

In conversation with El Arbi Bouqdib. August 2015

In conversation with El Arbi Bouqdib. August 2015


On the 4th of June in Berlin and the 10th of June in Bremen, 38 compositions by the Classical Persian musician Elshan Ghasimi will be premiered: Elies Miniatures. It is a new form for a new endeavor combining several authors and perspectives into the many possible pasts. A new exhibition cycle.

A centaur of concert and exhibition. Concert-Exhibitions. In order to give you an insight into its creation processes, we take the liberty to print the following note.

Magnetfeldgenerator  | Magnetic Field Generator (early 90s)

Magnetfeldgenerator | Magnetic Field Generator (early 90s)


Note of Julian Malte Hatem Schindele | March 27, 2018

So now the plan is fixed! Who would have expected that suddenly everything would be moving so fast?? Elshan Ghasimi made a suggestion, I gratefully accepted: She wants to set 38 objects from the estate of El Arbi Bouqdib into music. She wants to translate them into her own subjective and beautiful language of Classical Persian Music. In dialogue with uncertain pasts.

The objects/souvenirs/relics - how should I call these memorial stones? - will be 'staged' by Michal Martychowiec. The objects, their symbolic qualities form a polyphonic chorus that speaks of Bouqdib's life. As a curator working with such diverse artists as a Persian musician and Martychowiec, an intellectual interrogator of 20th-century art, it is my concern to bring these different modes, possibilities and qualities into a common form.

For this, however, we need a new concept ... The idea of ​​the concert exhibition just popped into my head. After all, Ghasimi is giving concerts and is composing for objects. So Concert-Exhibitions. Ephemeral and permanent ...

Yes, it's a huge question how a life can (and should!) be told. And I am happy (and a bit relieved even) that this long story of Bouqdib, his life, his time, his person and his work begins with music. After all, what could be more free as an approach? Almost like a dance and very volatile.

Our concern is the poetic reconstruction of the past. Truth and Fiction (Dichtung und Wahrheit) like good old Goethe said.

I am very happy to supervise and curate this project!

March 2018 (1429 after Mohammed)

Rosicrucian Ephemeris 1900-2000: AtMidnight, 0 Hour Tdt |  April 1947 – May 1947 (1984)

Rosicrucian Ephemeris 1900-2000: AtMidnight, 0 Hour Tdt | April 1947 – May 1947 (1984)

Führerausweis # 310723 | Permis de conduire # 310723 (17. Dezember 1974)

Führerausweis # 310723 | Permis de conduire # 310723 (17. Dezember 1974)

Der Diwan des Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Al Habib | The Desire of the Travelling Murids and the Gift of the Wayfaring Gnostics | Das Verlangen der reisenden Muriden und das Geschenk der fahrenden Gnostiker (1876 – 1981 AD)

Der Diwan des Shaykh Muhammad Ibn Al Habib | The Desire of the Travelling Murids and the Gift of the Wayfaring Gnostics |
Das Verlangen der reisenden Muriden und das Geschenk der fahrenden Gnostiker (1876 – 1981 AD)


Please feel cordially invited to the Concert-Exhibitions on the 4th June in Berlin at the Literaturhaus Lettrétage and on the 10th June at the Friedenskirche in Bremen!

On Elshan Ghasimi's Website and the Section El Arbi Bouqdib Archive on Bublitz.org you'll find more information.

Yours sincerely,

The Bublitz-Team

Persische Klassik


Concert-Exhibition 4 June 2018 | Berlin
Start 8pm | Entrance 7:15pm
Lettrétage Berlin | Mehringdamm 61

Tickets 10€ (5€)


Concert-Exhibition 10 June | Bremen
Start 7pm | Entrance 6:15pm
Friedenskirche Bremen | Humboldtstraße 175

Tickets 12€ (8€)

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Newsletter 11th May 2018

Good news! Our new Bublitz website is now online. With the aid of this platform, we would like to provide you with an insight – even better and clearer than before - into our work and projects. You are cordially invited to visit exhibitions and documentations, listen to classical Persian music and concerts, or embark on political and cultural expeditions: www.bublitz.org

Our website, which we like referring to as our digital house, has another goal in mind. We would like to create a certain feel and also form a real, joint connection to you, our visitors and public. We would like to slow down and enable a respectful exchange about art and culture, which is unusual within the medium internet. In the net we merely teleport ourselves from one place to another, after all. (This used to be called surfing, but ultimately everything remains anonymous and faceless). The visitor is no longer a person, but a dataset.

We aim to gradually eliminate these feelings. You are meant - take a look around, analyse things and ask questions. Should you be interested in participating and sharing, find out which possibilities already exist in our restructured PATRONAGE section. Without giving too much away, further opportunities for participation will be added during the coming months!

Michal Martychowiec - Reading history

Reading history (2018-196) 2018 chromogener Druck 90x97 cm

Three current exhibitions | Three invitations

We would like to invite you to three current exhibitions in cooperation with Bublitz.

The first one is being held at the Weserburg in Bremen. Michal Martychowiec, who is a member of our artists' programme Thesaurós, has contributed, amongst other things, the exhibition's title piece Where does your heart belong? The presentation was curated by Grzegorz Musiał from the Polish Signum Foundation.

The second exhibition is not as easy to explain, we wish to do justice to art, after all. The exhibition cycle The road leads back and back to the black square can thus be seen until 3rd June at the Brandenburgischer Kunstverein in Potsdam; it is a part of the 'Sieben Ausstellungen' ['Seven Exhibitions'] by Lukas Töpfer. You are cordially invited to attend.

If you happen to be in Poland, Łódź visit the cycle of 4 exhibitions of Michal Martychowiec held at Signum Foundation throughout the year. Reading history is the 1st out of those. The project is a metaphorical investigation of the structures of history, artistic practices and in a sense, life of each individual.

So enjoy our 'new digital house', possibly also the exhibitions in Bremen, Łódź and Potsdam, and please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have any questions.

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Cathedral – Herm Consecration

© M. Schwarzmann

© M. Schwarzmann

During Elshan Ghasimi's performance "Cathedral", on the 31. August 2017, there was another herm consecration. 

The three herms concerned are Cathedral of Laon, Cathedral of Ely and Cathedral of Aachen.

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Bublitz – a registered non-profit

We are pleased to announce that Bublitz has been a non-profit limited company (gemeinnützige GmbH) since June 20th, 2017. This new legal form as a civically oriented and acting, cultural and non-governmental organization offers us new possibilities for action. It also lends our work a further depth of focus and secures this for the coming years. 

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New Thesaurós Artist Elshan Ghasimi

Bublitz gGmbH is pleased to welcome Elshan Ghasimi, the fifth artist in the exclusive cosmogonic circle of Thesaurós.

Elshan Ghasimi is a Persian musician and performance artist. She is one of the most well-known soloists of her generation; her instrument is the tar, a long-necked lute.

She was, at 17, the youngest member of the Iranian National Orchestra and studied the Persian and the so- called Caucasian tar under various masters in Tehran and Baku (Mohammad-Reza Lotfi, Dariush Talai and Hossein Alizadeh, amongst others).

In her compositions and performances, Ghasimi repeatedly draws on literary themes (e.g. Brecht, Gilgamesch, Nizām al-Mulk) and seeks to merge classical Persian music with Western paradigms through collaborations transcending genres (early music, jazz, electronic music).

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New Thesaurós Artist Michal Martychowiec

Bublitz gGmbH is pleased to welcome Martin Martychowiec, the fourth artist in the exclusive cosmogonic circle of Thesaurós.

He creates conceptual series of photographs, films, drawings, neons, objects, mix-media installations and environments.

He was awarded Distinction in MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He is a visiting lecturer at the Russian Institute of History of Art (Russian Academy of Sciences) in St. Petersburg and China Academy of Art in Hangzhou.

Martychowiec’s oeuvre is structured through a mix media practice with an existential basis. The conceptual framework of his installations explores history, historic narratives, and consequently foundation of cultural symbols and archetypes.
Through these Martychowiec constructs an individual artistic language and narratives. His practice sources ideas from both, oriental and occidental philosophy, history, history of art, history of religion, literature, contemporary culture and communication.

The collaboration between Bublitz and Martychowiec began in the summer of 2016 as the occasion of the joint exhibition Engel mit Sphinx Gesichten.

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