Obituary for Reinhard Knodt

Obituary for Reinhard Knodt

Dear Sir or Madam,

 

the philosopher and writer, our friend Reinhard Knodt, has died.

In recent years, Reinhard was an important companion. Parallel to the exhibition cycle MYTHOPOESIS, he designed the monolithic lecture series God laughs. On a Secret Polytheism of Our Time. Thus, under the playful, never entirely unserious title of in-house-philosopher', he became one of the first exegetes and commentators on our work.

We thank Reinhard for everything shared and the correspondence. Hand in hand with grief and loss, we stand at his epitaph on which may be written, "Well then! Once more!"

Copyright: Norbert Mebert and Thor van Horn

Gholam Reza Hajatpour and Harald Seubert have found the following beautiful words, at least suggestive of a life, on behalf of the Academy for West-East Dialogue of Cultures initiated by Reinhard Knodt. We would like to share them with you.

 

 

Dear Academy Members

Early in the morning of 20 December we lost our friend Reinhard Knodt. A short illness preceded him. No one had expected this death, at this much too early time. The death came shockingly abruptly, suddenly and painfully. Only a short time before, we had spoken with Reinhard. We wanted to meet each other. Some of his friends will have similarly abrupt waking memories. Reinhard had spoken about death and dying again and again, in the membranous opening to the world beyond, which is second nature to spiritual, artistic people.

 

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Elshan Ghasimis ‘Reinterpretation of the Radīf’ in the Bode-Museum and in the State Institute for Music Research Berlin

Elshan Ghasimis ‘Reinterpretation of the Radīf’ in the Bode-Museum and in the State Institute for Music Research Berlin

Dear friends,

 

on the 10th of November, the Director of the Museum of Islamic Art Stefan Weber and the British music critic Michael Church opened Elshan Ghasimi's 'Reinterpretation of the Radif' in the Basilica of the Bode Museum in Berlin.

A historic moment and a great joy for all involved and present. We cordially invite you and your friends to the two concerts, that are still to come. On Thursday the 24th of November at the Bode Museum, as well as on the 1st of December at the Musikinstrumenten-Museum.


ELSHAN GHASIMI: The reinterpretation of the Radīf | Dastgāh-e Shur Trailer
© Stark & Shakupa

Michael Church at his opening speech on the 10th of November in Berlin. If you want to read Church's speech, click on the photo.
© both photos Stefan Hähnel

ELSHAN GHASIMI
Die Reinterpretation des Radīf | Dastgāh-e Shur
[The reinterpretation of the Radīf]

 

Venue of the concert on the 24th of November

Bode-Museum (Basilika)

Am Kupfergraben

10117 Berlin

 

Venue of the concert on the 1st of December

Musikinstrumenten-Museum (Curt-Sachs-Saal)

Ben-Gurion-Straße

10785 Berlin

 

7pm (Box office from 6pm, Admission from 6:30pm)

 

The concert series is a Bublitz project and a production in cooperation with the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum of the State Museums in Berlin.

The concert series is supported by:

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Elshan Ghasimi. A woman revolutionises Persian classical music.

Elshan Ghasimi. A woman revolutionises Persian classical music.

Dear ladies and gentlemen,
dear friends,

 

Works of art are reflections of their time. The fact that an Iranian woman in the diaspora, who was not permitted to publish her compositions in her home country, is now revolutionising the musical 'system of her fathers', can be seen as a signal of change. The composer and tar virtuoso Elshan Ghasimi is the first woman to renew the ancient melodic repertoire of Persian classical music, the Radīf.

Elshan Ghasimi will premiere her new interpretation of the Radīf in the Basilica of the Bode Museum on 10th November 2022. An opening address will be given by the Director of the Museum of Islamic Art, Prof. Dr. Stefan Weber, and the British music and opera critic Michael Church, editor of the standard work on global classical music cultures The Other Classical Musics.

In the first chapter of the composition project, which is scheduled to run for several years, Ghasimi will devote herself to the melodies of the Dastgāh-e Shur module. Further concerts in the four-part series will take place on Thursdays at 7pm on 17th and 24th November in the Bode Museum, and on 1st December in the Museum of Musical Instruments.

 

You, your family and friends will all be very welcome.


If you do not wish to order tickets via the internet, please send a short email to [email protected].

Tickets can be collected at the box office up until 20 minutes before the performance begins.

To get an impression of classical Persian music and Elshan Ghasimi's work, you can watch the film by the director duo Stark & Shakupa above. It was made in 2021 at the exhibition Iran - art and culture from five millennia at the James-Simon-Galerie in Berlin.

ELSHAN GHASIMI
Die Reinterpretation des Radīf | Dastgāh-e Shur
[The reinterpretation of the Radīf]

 

Venue of the concerts 10/17/24th November

Bode Museum (Basilica)

Am Kupfergraben

10117 Berlin

 

Venue of the concert on 1st December

Musical Instrument Museum (Curt Sachs Hall)

Ben-Gurion-Strasse

10785 Berlin

 

7pm (Box office from 6pm, Admission from 6:30pm)

 

The concert series is a Bublitz project and a production in cooperation with the Museum of Islamic Art at the Pergamon Museum of the State Museums in Berlin.

The concert series is supported by:

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