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Morgenland Festival | 10 - 19 July 2015

I'm thrilled to have taken part in a fantastic concert on July 24th, topped by an incredible jam. The Morgenland festival is much more than a music festival, it's one of the coolest venues for musicians from all over the world to meet and perform together in front of a very reactive and receptive audience. Concerts could last up to 3 hours, and what an incredible experience that is!

Rehearsals in a 300 year old house in the middle of the forest - photo by Andy Spyra

Facing a standing ovation with all the musicians who jammed with us. From left to right: Ranu, Zulal trio, Cynthia Zaven, Rony Barrak, Negar Bouban, Feruza Ochilova, Dima Orsho, Alex Morsey, Simin Tander, Bodek Janke, Nelly Markarian, Kinan Azmeh, Caroline Thon, Veronika Todorova. photo by Andy Spyra

Rudolstadt Festival | 2-6 July 2015

The Rudolstadt festival is Germany's biggest roots, folk and world music festival. The concerts take place throughout the entire town itself – from the baroque church to the town theatre, from the castle terrace to the marketplace, on thirty-two stages. Every year, the Ruth Prize awards a creative and outstanding act. This year, it was our turn! Our concert was scheduled at the palace square in the middle of the afternoon, at the Große Buhne Heidecksburg, an open air venue on what turned out to be the hottest day of the month. The Ruth Prize ceremony was set to start at 4pm. We performed afterwards at over 40 degrees Celsius to an audience of passionate music lovers and festival's veterans. We were really excited, survived after performing in such incredible heat, and thrilled to have received the Ruth prize 2015! 

Ruth world music award

Getting ready for Rudolstadt and the Ruth World Music Award!

What started as an experiment between 8 musicians from different backgrounds at the Women in Jazz festival in 2014, turned out to be the winner of a world music award! On July 4th 2015 we will be performing our own compositions with new arrangements for 8 musicians and singers at the Rudolstadt World Music festival in Germany. The 8 musicians include Caroline Thon who's the initiator of the project on sax, Alex Morsey from Germany on double bass, Bodek Janke from Poland/Kazakhstan on percussion and drums, Negar Bouban from Iran on oud, Veronika Todorova from Bulgaria on accordion, Feruza Ochilova from Uzbekistan on dutar and vocals, Simin Tander from Germany/Afghanistan on vocals and myself on piano.

The concert will take place in the main festival square in Rudolstadt after which the award will be given. Can't wait!


From left to right: Bodek Janke, Cynthia Zaven, Negar Bouban, Feruza Ochilova, Caroline Thon, Simin Tander, Alex Morsey and Veronica Todorova at the Halle Opera House, February 2014 -  photo by Raisa Galofre

From left to right: Bodek Janke, Cynthia Zaven, Negar Bouban, Feruza Ochilova, Caroline Thon, Simin Tander, Alex Morsey and Veronica Todorova at the Halle Opera House, February 2014 - photo by Raisa Galofre