I have recently had the honour to be part of a very inspring multimedia project in Accra, Ghana: The appeal by Vietnamese composer LUONG Hue Trinh brought together musicians and dancers from very different backgrounds and ended in a colourful performance at Alliance Francaise in Accra. The trailer will be available shortly. I am very grateful for this opportunity to work with amazing colleagues in Africa and I do particularly thank Ministerium für Familie, Frauen, Kultur und Integration Rheinland-Pflaz for the travel support.

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We are pleased to launch our first edition of the Zöllner-Roche Composers Lab with kind support of Deutscher Musikrat und NEUSTART KULTUR.
Until June 30 composition students (or composers recently graduated) can submit their applications and we will select 3 of them for commissions. Further guidelines can be found on our duo website

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I am delighted to read Richard Baker´ s review of “Composing for the Accordion” in TEMPO (Cambridge University Press). Thank you! This “excellent volume” is still available at Are Verlag (Print 26,- Ebook 12,-) and “will deservedly become a favoured English-language resource”

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We have just released our new program “Women on the egde of times” with music by Elnaz Seyedi, Annika Socolofsky, Lina Järnegard, Rachel Beja, Farzia Fallah and Georgina Derbez. The concert stream from the concert at Unerhörte Musik in Berlin is still online https://youtu.be/J6vlZrcC8zU?t=754

Review about the concert

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In July 2021 I was invited by Goethe Institute Hanoi to take part in a virtual project with musicians from Vietnam, Germany and France. I composed an “eatable score” for Đàn bầu, accordion and electronics for the occasion. You can follow the project here:

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In May 2021 I have published my new book “Composing for the Accordion” with ARE-Verlag in Cologne. I am very excited to be able to share my experiences from many years of close collaboration with composers in this way.
The bilingual release contains practical information about the accordion and its playing techniques, examples of notation and listening tipps.
Katrin Bethge made the very unique drawing for the cover.
Print edition (26,-Euro) and E-Book (12,-) can be ordered directly from the publisher.

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With kind support of Goethe Institute s “Virtual Partner Residencies” Mexican composer Georgina Derbez and myself have been working on a new composition for solo accordion. TRANSIT was virtually premiered for SWR radio #zusammenspielen (broadcast in the fall) and live performances are scheduled as soon as circumstances allow. The piece is inspired by the life and work of German author Anna Seghers who spent her exile years in Mexico in the 1940s and always felt a strong connection between those two cultures. I am very grateful for this opportunity to work closely with Georgina on a new work despite the distance.

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I was honoured to be virtual guest artist at Festival Expresiones Contemporáneas in Mexico City in April and impressed by the enourmous energy and professionalism of a team of young people who make the music go on in difficult times.

Together with Manuel Ramos Negrete (Mexico), Lorenzo Gomez Oviedo (Argentina) and Vanessa Massera (Canada) I created a couple of pieces that were premiered in the video and can be watched here, alongside pieces by Carolina Noguera Palau and Sarah Nemtov.

Even though I cannot travel at the moment it is important to keep my artistic work with colleagues in Latin America alive, so I was grateful for this opportunity.


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