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Samir Odeh-Tamimi | May-August 2019

Samir Odeh-Tamimi’s musical language is rooted in his engagement with Western European avant-garde and Arabic musical practice. Born near Tel-Aviv and enthusiastic about both European classical music and New Music aesthetics, he began studying musicology and composition in Germany at the age of 22. In addition to working with exemplars such as Giacinto Scelsi and Iannis Xenakis, he came to grips with the musical culture of his home country. His works can be heard at renowned festivals and he has received composition commissions from, among others, Deutschlandfunk, the Donaueschinger Music Festival and Bayerischer Rundfunk/musica viva. In cooperation with RBB and Kairos, the Berlin Zafraan Ensemble recently presented a much-praised portrait CD with chamber music works by Odeh-Tamimi. He has been a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts since 2016 and received the GEMA Music Author’s Prize in the same year. For the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, he recently worked on the development of his Apokalypse Arabe I into a full-length music theater piece, which will be premiered in July 2021.
Samir Odeh-Tamimi was a resident at Tarabya Cultural Academy from May to August 2019.