MUSIC SUMMER

SOUTH AFRICA

WE ARE COMING TO SOUTH AFRICA!

After a long search we come to the land of our dreams!

The PIANO SUMMER project is the festival par excellence in Southern Europe – a project that has already established itself in eight years and attracted over 8000 visitors. An unusual cultural project, far away from the safely travelled cultural highways of Europe with their accompanying folklore, which seems inevitable at classical music festivals, offers first-class musical experiences. The audience has the opportunity to experience the world stars and at the same time refreshing news from the art scene at close range.

So far, artists such as Natalia Gutmann, Gülsin Onay, Klaus Schilde, Miku Nishimoto and Goran Jurić have had the opportunity to show their skills on our stage, and the festival has not only offered successful summer academies, but also many world premieres and support programmes for the youngest.

A festival that awarded a Unesco prize to a sleepy southern Serbian provincial town far from the capital, which is now part of a worldwide network of 20 creative cities in the field of music.

The project includes numerous concerts, a summer academy and competitions to promote young talent, an artist-in-residence programme and a creative network initiative that enables young people from all over the world to participate, organise and gain experience in such a project.

The festival’s international team, gathered around its founder, Munich-based pianist Zoran Imširović, together with N’KUMI from Johannesburg, will bring the festival to South Africa next year. In February 2022, the country will be part of our Piano Summer family along with Germany, Italy and Serbia.

The festival programme reflects our desire to meet at eye level and to give new impulses to a cultural exchange between Europe and Africa. In addition to the high quality classical and jazz concerts for which we are known, the festival programme will also feature fantastic artists from South Africa who will demonstrate their skills and enrich our festival with a new dimension.

Ultimately music brings people together and as E.T.A. Hoffman said ” Where language ends, music begins”.

Perhaps the quote ties in well with non-verbal dance theatre – namely the acclaimed production “Meeting Point” by German director Johanna Richter in cooperation with young talents from South Africa. During the production, the participants will work together on the content, which hopefully will bring us a little bit closer together afterwards.

An important approach is to link the local cultural heritage with the festival and to include local cultural factors. In particular, young talents from Africa will be brought into contact with internationally acclaimed artists during the summer academy – this is the best way for us to support young talent.

Another aim is to show our guests and festival visitors the country and its beauty and to develop an awareness of the rich cultural heritage of the region. The window to another world that we are opening with this project will stimulate an exciting dialogue and exchange in the best possible way.

 

Zoran Imširović
Founder & Artistic director


Zoran Imširović
Founder & Artistic director

JOHANNESBURG

Feb 3, 2022

ZORAN IMŠIROVIĆ

piano
classic
Germany

Albeniz • Iberia Book I
Mompou • Paysages
Franck • Prelude, Fugue et Variation op.18
Debussy • Estampes
Debussy • L’issle Joyeuse

Feb 4, 2022

IVA IKON

voice and piano
gospel
Serbia

Feb 5, 2022

AMANDA BLACK

voice
world-music
South Africa

Feb 10, 2022

MIKU NISHIMOTO

piano
classic
Japan

Bach • English Suite no.2 BWV 807
Takemitsu • Rain Tree Sketch
Debussy • Images

MIKU NISHIMOTO

piano
classic
Japan

Bach • English Suite no.2 BWV 807
Takemitsu • Rain Tree Sketch
Debussy • Images

Feb 12, 2022

Feb 12, 2022

LUEDJI LUNA

voice
world-music
Brazil

LUEDJI LUNA

voice
world-music
Brazil

Feb 17, 2022

CHAMBER MUSIC

Zoran Imširović, piano
TBA, clarinet
TBA, cello
TBA, violin
Germany and France

Chatschaturian • Trio
Tajčević • Balkan dances
Piazolla • 4 Saisons from Buenos Aires

Feb 18, 2022

THANDISWA MAZWAI

voice
world – music
South Africa

MEETING POINT

Theatre
Director: Johanna Richter
Germany • South Africa

Which language could be more universal than body language, dance and physical theatre?! As we all live with the same resources of instincts, movements and emotions, theatre could be the space to create a world without words and tell stories we can all understand.

Meeting Point is a piece about the nostalgia to build a world with peaceful living arrangements, beyond language, misunderstandings, prejudices and helplessness.

It might be a global relevant piece – regarding all characters come from all possible backgrounds, cultures and individual circumstances, and meet by accident in a live-changing room. They fight the feeling being trapped in the unknown space with strangers. But finally they realize the blessing of being a group, of taking the chance to build trust to each other. This new achievement breaks boundaries, opens perspectives, and obviously opens up to new dimension of eternity.

The multicultural society we are living in, the sudden challenge to arrange with all kinds of languages, cultures, ways of living forces us to decide: is it tolerance or ignorance, is it peaceful community or war we choose.

During many years of work with actors and dancers, the choreographer/ director Johanna Richter developed an artistic style, which is a very individual sense of dance-theatre, where the characters grow into the main interest of the stories. The focus is not shifted on abstract dance, but creates tales of human life, translated into the theatrical dimension of stage.

The combination of dancers and actors, and crossing their artistic abilities became her main concern, and the key to open a new aspect of communication beyond speech.

As Johanna Richter always focussed her work on the actual themes in society, her pieces were about integration of strangers beyond prejudices, human needs to find a space to dream and live the inner child, or stepping out for a peaceful world, by revealing the circle of power and suppression, which leads inevitably to war.

To share her artistic experience with young children and teenagers, Johanna Richter created ten years ago an artistic sponsorship called „Hero-Project” to produce dance-theatres for pupils with migration background in continuity of annual creations.

The huge impact of theatre, the unique moment on stage, which these young performers experienced for the first time of their life, was in so many cases a changing point in their lives. It brought to light their wonderful various qualities, which we hidden behind bad experiences, traumata and fear.

Even in times of digital world and media, the magic of theatre still works and will work as we all need authentic emotions.

SUNDOWNER

Concert and Party
Munich Urban Sound

“Traveler” – an experimental music album
Moodz • Lorenzmorenz • Zoran Imširović – piano

Transcriptions of classical contemporary music works
of Schnittke, Cage, Yoshimatsu,
Steve Reich for piano and electronics

CAPE TOWN

Feb 22, 2022

ZORAN IMŠIROVIĆ

piano
classic
Germany

Albeniz • Iberia Book I
Mompou • Paysages
Franck • Prelude, Fugue et Variation op. 18
Debussy • Estampes
Debussy • L’issle Joyeuse

Feb 23, 2022

MIKU NISHIMOTO

piano
classic
Japan

Bach • English Suite no. 2 BWV 807
Takemitsu • Rain Tree Sketch
Debussy • Images

Feb 24, 2022

MEETING POINT

Experimental music
Party

Feb 25, 2022

IVA IKON

voice and piano
gospel
Serbia

Feb 27, 2022

LUEDJI LUNA

voice
world-music
Brazil

Feb 28, 2022

AMANDA BLACK

voice
world-music
South Africa

Mar 1, 2022

THANDISWA MAZWAI

voice
world-music
South Africa

Artists

Amanda Black

Thandiswa Mazwai

Luedji Luna

Iva Ikon

Zoran Imširović

Miku Nishimoto