an intercultural exchange between young composers from five cities
CHINA - EGYPT - GERMANY - GHANA - USA
Beginning in May 2005, the project includes a series of workshops, concerts and conferences in five cities.
Participating composers are getting to know each other's work and concerns in an email discussion forum.
Each city has a group of up to eight composers moderated by:
These mentors are all “border walkers” between different cultures: the Nigerian composer Nkeiru Okoye lives
and teaches in the USA; Walter Zimmermann, a German composer from Berlin, has worked for years with
material drawn from diverse cultures; the Egyptian composer Amr Okba lives and studies in Italy and Austria;
the Argentine composer Marcelo Toledo works in New York; the two Chinese composers Wenchen Qin and
Shirui Zhu have each studied for several years in Germany.
The goal of Global Interplay is to challenge artists to a conscious position within their culture and their society;
to provoke a discourse on contemporary composition and artistic activity; and to enable this discourse to take
place between different cultures of the world.
The participating composers: