Open Space: Percussion with Mohammed Reza Mortazavi

Ultima (NO)

Photo: Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard

A percussion workshop

Open Spaces are productions that directly engage the audience in the creative process. Local communities new to music work with a curating team to create a musical work that may be presented at a partner’s music festival. Although a quality artistic result is a goal, the priority is to create a meaningful musical experience for audiences. Open Spaces represent a safe zone for testing different techniques that will be re-tested in different cultural contexts.

Born in Iran, Mohammad Reza Mortazavi has spent most of his life in Berlin and is one of the world’s leading percussionists using traditional Iranian instruments. He brings his own unique inventiveness and experimentation to his playing as well as opening up meditative space in his compositions and improvisations.

Exclusively for Ultima, he will lead a free workshop for people of all ages, background and skill levels, in which he invites the public to experience making and listening to music in a variety of ways. The aim is to find a common pulse in which everyone can find themselves. One may try out styles and techniques, but the focus remains on listening to each other.

The workshop is open to 15 participants. You can bring any percussion instrument which can be played with the hands, such as bongoes, daf, tonbak or frame drum, but it is not required (you can also play your body!)

This is an introduction to Mohammed’s concert taking place om 23/9 as part of To be in the margins is to be part of the whole.

Photo: Signe Fuglesteg Luksengard

Interested in other types of Open Spaces? Check out Goodiepal & Bananskolen and Sound Space Imaginaria