My Absence from Tehran…
I am invited guest artist at this year´s edition of Tehran International Electronic Music Festival. They had a competition for Iranian Composers writing new pieces for accordion and electronics which I was supposed to premier on July 27. My visa (and actually those of all European Artists invited for the festival) was rejected in the very last minute (that means 48 hrs becore departure!). I am sad and furious. I believe intercultural exchange does make the world a better place and I want to fight for it.
Currently I am preparing a live-stream-conference for my workshop to be presented during the festival, and the pieces for the concert will be videotaped and shown in the concerts.
I want to thank the Yarava Musci Group for their great spirit, the Goethe Institute and the Cultural Ministry of Rheinland-Pfalz who would have supported my trip and I hope my Iranian friends and colleagues will have the energy to continue their great work until better times!