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MaerzMusik. Lewis, Kaziboni, Wiget, Ensemble Modern Berlin. Stream, 24 March 2021.

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 October 2021


March 2021's online MaerzMusik Festival featured a trio of events on themes of Afro-diaspora and new music: one German discussion, one English discussion and the concert ‘Afro-Modernism in Contemporary Music’, each curated by prominent American composer George Lewis. The programme of, according to the MaerzMusik website, ‘composers of the African diaspora’ was performed by Ensemble Modern, who performed the same concert in Frankfurt in November 2020. At that concert each piece was a world or German premiere, repeated for the MaerzMusik version, at which we were treated to an empty hall with a multi-HD-camera setup. It was streamed live on 24 March and available on demand for a few months following.

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1 ‘Afro-Modernism in Contemporary Music’, Berliner Festspiele, (accessed 11 June 2021).

2 Ensemble Modern, ‘1 2 3 4 zig Jahre Ensemble Modern: 4 Vielfalt erleben – Afro-Modernism in Contemporary Music’, (accessed 11 June 2021).

3 Ibid.