Silk & Bamboo + tai chi (China)
Sunday 7 September 2014 Foyerdeck 1
09 AM tai chi workshop, € 10 >
10 AM concert, free entrance

Lan Weiwei pipa
Hua Yifei sheng
Xueer Ding zheng
Xing Lu erhu

Shi Dan-Qiu tai chi

An excellent idea to start the second day of the Atlas Festival with positive energy in body and mind. Chinese sounds, movements, smells, and tastes will provoke the senses.

Sizhu, literally ‘silk and bamboo’, refers to string and wind instruments. Silk is the traditional material from which strings have historically been made in China while Chinese flutes, such as the dizi and xiao, are made of bamboo. By extension, the term sizhu has come to refer to ensembles and instrumental music in general.


Morningraga (India)
Sunday 7 September 2014, 11 AM
Big Hall, € 22 (€ 17.50) >

Dhruba Ghosh sarangi and voice
Niti Ranjan Biswas tabla

The Indian raga is a fascinating phenomenon. Every note and every rhythmical motive has significance. The build-up of the raga and the pure beauty of entangling patterns are hypnotizing. Maestro Dhruba Ghosh and virtuoso Niti Ranjan Biswas offer an enchanting Sunday morning experience, with sarangi and tabla.


Indian Brunch
Sunday 7 September 2014, 12 PM
Entrance Hall


The Sound Steamer
Sunday 7 September 2014 1 PM & 2.30 PM
Small Hall (gather in Entrance Hall), € 12.50 (€ 10) >

Musical-theatre journey for children (6+)

Felix Schellekens, Sarah Jeffery storytellers
Ingrid Askvik stage
Atlas musicians
Felipe Ignacio Noriega, Sarah Jeffery concept

An atlas is a collection of maps. Originally, these resulted from explorations and discoveries around the world. What was the motivation behind the first explorers and pioneers of cartography? How did they document their discoveries?

Aboard a musical steamer, fuelled by sound and resonance, two explorers search for the specific sounds that could power up their damaged ship’s engine. They discover and meet characters from different countries. They form bonds, find allies, and make enemies as they approach the final farewell.

The journey introduces kids (and adults) to the sounds and expressions of various cultures that are represented in the Atlas Ensemble. The narrative is playful and interactive.


Zen & distorted silence + sushi workshop (Japan)
Sunday 7 September 2014, 2.30 PM
Foyerdeck 1, concert: free entrance, workshop € 15 >

Naomi Sato shō
Harrie Starreveld shakuhachi
Makiko Goto koto
So Oishi composer & electronics player

Concert by Naomi Sato (shō – traditional Japanese reed instrument), Harrie Starreveld (shakuhachi – Japanese flute) and Makiko Goto (koto – zither). So Oishi, composer and electronics player, adds his samples to the sounds of the acoustic instruments. In addition to the concert, there will be a special sushi-making workshop.


Wereldklankspeeltuin (World music playground)
Sunday 7 September 2014, 3.15 PM
Klankspeeltuin, € 8.50 > (advance booking recommended)

Workshop for children (7+)
Specifically for the Atlas Festival, Klankspeeltuin focuses on world music! During a workshop lasting 90 minutes, children can make their own compositions, play with interactive sound installations, and get to use all sorts of surprising sounds from the Far East, Central Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. It is not necessary to be able to read notes or play a music instrument. Everyone can start straight away!


Mezze music (Syria & Lebanon)
Sunday 7 September 2014, 5.30 PM
Entrance hall, free entrance

Bassem Alkhouri qanun

Concert with Arabic music by Bassem Alkhouri on qanun (a zither from the Middle East) and others, plus Levantine mezze (appetizers).


Atlas speed dates
Sunday 7 September 2014, 7.15 PM
Entrance hall and Foyerdeck 1, free entrance

Find out more – quickly – about instruments, cultures, and compositions during a personal ‘speed date’ (meet-up) with the Atlas musicians and composers.


Kleurcontrasten (Colour contrasts)
Sunday 7 September 2014, 8.15 PM
Big Hall, € 28.50 (€ 23) >

Atlas Ensemble
Artjom Kim conductor

Brian Mark Seascape
Uğurcan Öztekin Epitaph
Jonathan Stark Canvas
Shih-Wei Lo Soundscripts I-III
Brechtje van Dijk StalagmiteStalactite
Frédéric Perreten Etude de l’intime innommable
James Clarke 2014-Q *
Amir Eslami Dialogue Among Cultures

The world is alive with very special instruments. They do not just sound fantastic but also look gorgeous and stimulate our imagination. Every instrument may encapsulate an entire culture. The Atlas Ensemble achieves a unique and rich palette by combining the timbres of instruments from Asia and Europe.

The winning pieces of the first Atlas Ensemble Composition Competition and the commissioned composition by James Clarke (1957, England) are the latest additions to this eclectic sound palette. Some say this is the music of the future as it merges with the past; in any case, those who are curious will find something here.

* A composition commission by the Atlas Ensemble and funded by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation


Sunday 7 September 2014, 10.30 PM
Entrance Hall, free entrance