ensemble for contemporary music


With chambers, Trio Abstrakt presents a new series for complex, sound-based chamber music. chambers is both a concert and an exchange format – the composers invited to the concert evening will be introduced with their works in concert and, together with a moderator and the musicians of the trio, will give a thematically focussed concert introduction in the form of a panel discussion.

The first edition of chambers, which took place on 7 December 2023 at the Alte Feuerwache Cologne, posed questions about sustainable performance culture and compositional practice in contemporary chamber music. The panel discussion was moderated by Sophie Emilie Beha – the guests were composers Rachel C. Walker, Roman Pfeifer, Farhad Ilaghi Hosseini and saxophonist Salim(a) Javaid.

With chambers, Trio Abstrakt does not only add to the rich local concert life but also takes part in the musical discourse. The series is primarily aimed at a scene and connoisseur audience and presents ambitious chamber music, independent of trends and currents with a focus on sound-aesthetic and music-theoretical considerations, whereby the concert discussion is also intended to provide a broader audience with access to the music. The ensemble curates a programme of composers from different generations or musical backgrounds and styles and invites composers to the concert talk.

The concert programme featured works by Alberto Posadas, Jonah Haven, Rachel C. Walker and Farhad Ilaghi Hosseini. In the spirit of the event, these works were not premieres but re-performed.


07.12.2023 // Alte Feuerwache Köln
Podiumsdiskussion: 19.30 // Konzertbeginn: 20.00

Trio Abstrakt
Salim(a) Javaid – saxophone
Marlies Debacker – piano
Shiau-Shiuan Hung – percussion

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