The Global Interplay Project

Global Interplay is co-ordinated by the Musik der Jahrhunderte in Stuttgart.
Their OFFICIAL WEBSITE for this project with much additional information and sponsor acknowledgements is located here.
The contact person for project-related enquiries is:

The email discussions are being moderated by a journalist and art historian:

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Reality without Guarantee
DIETRICH HEISSENBÜTTEL studied art history and comparative literature (French, English and Italian language). He completed a Ph.D. in art history on medieval wall painting in Southern Italy.

Through the excellent teaching of Jean-Pierre Dubost, now at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, with whom I studied all sorts of current French theory, including seminars and lectures on Francophone writers from Morocco and Haiti, I became interested in the theorization of world wide, intercultural relationships within the field of the arts, including music and literature. I had the chance to go deeper into the matter through a fellowship at the Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, in 2003/04. My ongoing project is: “The Globalization of the Arts”. As a journalist, I write about composed and improvised new music, architecture, visual arts, among other topics. Since 1996 I have regularly produced programs for the noncommercial/independent radio station FRS, Stuttgart, about improvised music.

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listen:  Atmosphare, for Rababa
AMR OKBA  Born in 1972. Started his musical education by studying the piano, and then studied musical theories at the Faculty of Musical Education, while studying Economy and Business Administration at the University. After his graduation he joined the Cairo Conservatory (Department of Composition and Conducting) in 1994, where he obtained his Bachelor's degree with distinction in 1998. In 1999, he won the Composition competition organized by the Supreme Council for Culture. In 1999, he was awarded the state prize for artistic creation “Rome Prize” in Composition, which enabled him to spend one and a half years in Italy, where he engaged in Egyptian-Italian cultural exchange activities through the Egyptian Academy in Rome. In Italy, he studied Composition with Prof. Mauro Burtolotti at the “Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia” and his first CD was recorded. Since 2000 he is a lecturer at the Cairo Conservatory (Department of Composition and Conducting). Since 2003, he has been studying at several Austrian Universities: Composition with Reinhard Febel, Detlev Müller–Siemens and Dieter Kaufman; “Electronic Experimental Composition” at the Mozarteum Universität and at the Wien Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst. His compositions have been performed in Austria, Egypt, Italy, and Germany.

listen:  Phillis Whestley (excerpt)
listen:  The Genesis
NKEIRU OKOYE  Composer, conductor, and performer Nkeiru Okoye has had works programmed by the Virginia, Detroit, New Jersey and Richmond Symphonies. American born of Nigerian and African American heritage, her music draws from an array of idioms ranging from the European Classical tradition to popular music and the cultures of West African and African Americans. Okoye is a frequent guest lecturer on the music of African American composers. She has received many awards and honors for her music, including an ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Award. She received her Bachelor's in Music Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers University. Okoye is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

The Sun Shadow No. 3
WENCHEN QIN  Born in Erdos, Inner Mongolia, Qin Wenchen began to learn Chinese folk music at 9. In 1987, Qin entered the Composition Department of Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where his teachers included Zhu Jianer. After graduating in 1992, he began teaching in the Composition Department of the Central Conservatory of Music. From 1998-2001 he undertook graduate studies in Germany with Nicolaus A. Huber, supported by a DAAD fellowship. Qin Wenchen has written pieces in various genres including chamber music, symphonies, traditional music forms and film/TV scores. In recent years, he has been commissioned by Ensemble Recherche and the Kassel Stadt Theater Orchestra (Germany); L'Ensemble Itineraire (France); Ensemble Europa Antidogma (Italy); Tokyo City Symphony Orchestra (Japan); Nieuw Ensemble (Holland) and Ensemble on Line (Austria). His music has been broadcast on North German Radio (NDR), West German Radio (WDR) and Radio France, and performed in music festivals including Biennale Neue Musik Hannover in Germany, Torino Biennale Arte Emergente in Italy, Tokyo Opera City Composium in Japan, Kassel Music Season and Forum Junger Komponisten in Köln. Recordings of his works have been released by music publishers in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan; in 2003 Beijing Jingwen Records Company published SHADOW OF THE SUN, his first solo disc.

listen:  Abgeschiedenheit
WALTER ZIMMERMANN  (b. April 15, 1949, Schwabach). German composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed throughout the world. He studied piano with Ernst Gröschel in Nürnberg in the mid-1960s and composition with Werner Heider in Erlangen from 1968-70. He also studied with Mauricio Kagel in Köln; electronic music with Otto E. Laske at the Institute of Sonology of the University of Utrecht; at the Jaap Kunst Center of Ethnology in Amsterdam; and Computer Music at Colgate University in in Hamilton, New York in 1974. He served as pianist in the ars nova ensemble nürnberg from 1968-70 and recorded folk music in Germany, Egypt (Oasis of Siwa) and the USA in 1976. He opened his Beginner Studios in Cologne in 1977 and gave regular concerts of new music there until 1984. He has contributed articles to numerous publications, has written the books Desert Plants (1976, conversations with 23 American composers) and Insel Musik (1981) and edited the collection Morton Feldman Essays (1985) and (with co-editor Stefan Schädler) Anarchic Harmony (1992), a tribute to John Cage on his 80th birthday. He is Professor for Composition at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin since 1993.