Alexander Hawkins commission by Pierre Boulez Saal Berlin

Oct. 30, 2022 / 6 PM
Featuring Sofia Jernberg (Musho), Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Gerry Hemingway & Matthew Wright

Set 1: Alexander Hawkins & Sofia Jernberg (Musho)
Set 2: Alexander Hawkins, Sofia Jernberg, Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Gerry Hemingway & Matthew Wright

British pianist and composer Alexander Hawkins brings two very different, yet complementary aspects of his musical vision to Berlin for his Pierre Boulez Saal debut. His duo Musho, with Swedish vocalist Sofia Jernberg, takes diverse folk traditions as its starting point, reimagining songs from Ethiopia, Armenia, Sweden, and other countries to create an unusual and personal sound world. For the evening’s second set, Hawkins and Jernberg are joined by three acclaimed musicians—all bandleaders in their own right—to present the world premiere of newly composed music, commissioned by the Pierre Boulez Saal, in which the hall’s natural acoustics and unique architecture blend with subtle processing and spatial diffusion created by sound designer Matthew Wright. The concert is presented as the kick-off event for and in cooperation with Jazzfest Berlin, which opens November 3.

In Cooperation with Berliner Festspiele / Jazzfest Berlin