Klangteppich. Festival for music of the Iranian diaspora

The festival took place on the 22nd and 23rd of June in the Salon am Moritzplatz in Berlin. It presented contemporary music creations by Berlin-based musicians from Iran in new artistic encounters. Persian instruments could be discovered in new sound environments, the voice was heard with storytelling and singing in several languages. The variety of remembered and anticipated sounds unfolded into a magnificent fabric that the musicians and listeners tied together.

Idea and concept: Franziska Buhre
Artistic director 2018: Ali Choolaei
Funded by Musicboard Berlin GmbH

You can listen to the wonderful mix of Farahnaz Hatam with music by the festival’s artists, historical recordings and contemporary electronic music from Iran here:

You can read the interview with Elshan Ghasimi and Renu Hossain about concepts of mastery and music-making in Iran and India here (in German):

Weibliche Meister: Ein Interview mit Elshan Ghasimi und RENU Hossain – von Elske Brault

Photos: Johanna Bock


Cymin Samawatie – vocals, piano

Hamid Saneiy – storytelling


Ali Choolaei – tar


Alireza Mehdizadeh – kamancheh, Renu Hossain – tabla


Elshan Ghasimi – tar, Neda Ahmadi – sandpainting


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Pari San: Parissa Eskandari – vocals, Paul Brenning – beatboxing/synth


Ali Choolaei – tar, Valentina Bellanova – ney/recorder, Renu Hossain – tabla

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HATAM – electronics, Hani Mojtahedy – vocals


Jawad Salkhordeh – tonbak, Oliver Doerell – electronics



Design by Studio Katrahmani

Rugs: Orientteppich Tabriz