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Raga CDs des Monats (03/08): NAVA RASA-S… die Stimmungsbilder der indischen Ragas

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 28, 2008

Dem Begriff „Rasa“ wird in den darstellenden Künsten Indiens eine herausragende, aber im Vergleich zum Westen verschiedentlich gelagerte Bedeutung zugesprochen. Dem Tänzer, Schauspieler, Instrumentalisten oder Sänger fällt die Aufgabe zu, im Publikum bestimmte Emotionen, die Rasa-s zu erwecken. Sie wurden bereits im Mittelalter von Bharata Muni im Natyasastra beschrieben, eine theoretische Abhandlung über die Dramaturgie. Zu den hierin acht ( 8 ) beschriebenen emotionalen Grundtypen kam später als 9ter emotionaler Ausdruck Shantham hinzu.

Sachindra Nath Jha)
Bildtitel: HAASYA RAAS (Künstler: Sachindra Nath Jha)
– Ausstellung „Rasa Lea“
| Romain Rolland Gallery – Alliance Francaise (New Delhi, August 2006) –

Bis heute bestimmt die ursprünglich in Sanskrit verfasste Theorie der Rasas das ästhetische Selbstverständnis aller Tanz-, Theater und Musikdarbietungen..

Sendetermin: Dienstag, den 04.03.200821:00-21:58 Uhr (METZ)
Wiederholung: Donnerstag, den 06.03.2008 – 03:00-03:58 Uhr (METZ)
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Den Ragas der nordindischen (Hindustani) und südindischen Klassik (Carnatic), den Ragams werden gleichfalls die neun Stimmungsbilder zugeordnet, wie Viram (heroisch), Vishmaya (Erstaunen), Karuna (Trauer), Jugupsa (Furcht), Shantam (friedvoll), Bibhatsam (Neid), Hasyam (Komik), Roudra (Wut) oder Sringaram (Liebe).


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Indian Classical Music Conference 2008 (LearnQest Academy for Music)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 23, 2008

LearnQuest Music Conference 2008 (Boston / Cambridge / Waltham MA – U.S.A.)

Learnquest-Indian-Classical-Music-Conference-2008-0While there has been no dearth of great masters visiting the Boston area, we intend to serve the community by taking the listening and appreciation of music to the next level. To this end, our goal is to present authentic Indian classical music the way it is practiced and enjoyed in India through multi-day classical music festivals (Sangeet Sammelans) and conferences. This is an attempt at creating an Indian Sangeet Sammelan-like environment that would cater to all music lovers, both the aficionado as well as the uninitiated. Our goal is to present the famous and established artists, as well as promising rising stars of Indian classical music.

This music conference, a five day event, will be held from April 9th to April 13th 2008 at multiple locations in the Boston area. The opening concert on April 9th will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the second day, April 10th, events will be held at the Stata Center of MIT, Cambridge. The remaining events from April 11th to April 13th will be held at the McDevitt School in Waltham, MA. This year’s conference is being  co-sponsored by two very prominent artistic organizations of Boston – MFA and MITHAS of MIT. We are excited about this partnership.


Some of the featured Artists include:

Abhishek Raghuram – Carnatic Vocal
Anindo Chatterjee – Tabla
Anirban Dasgupta – Sarod
Aruna Sairam – Carnatic Vocal
Debashish Bhattacharya – Guitar
Geeta Murali – Carnatic Vocal
Gundecha Brothers – Dhrupad Vocal
Hariprasad Chaurasia – Flute
Jayanti Kumaresh – Veena
Kedar Naphde – Harmonium
Kumkum Sanyal – Hindustani Vocal
Madhav Gudi – Hindustani Vocal
O. S. Thiagarajan – Carnatic Vocal
Partho Chatterjee – Sitar
Phil Scarf – Saxaphone
Prabha Atre – Hindustani Vocal
Prabhakar Karekar – Hindustani Vocal
Purbayan Chatterjee – Sitar
Ramdas Palsule – Tabla
Ronu Majumdar – Hindustani Flute
Shashank Subramanyam – Carnatic Flute
Shujat Khan – Sitar
Steve Gorn – Hindustani Flute
Vishal Nagar – Tabla
Warren Senders – Hindustani Vocal


April 9, Wednesday, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Guitar Gayan (Singing Guitar)
At Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
· Debashsish Bhattacharya and Group (Sutapa Bhattacharya – Vocal, Subasish Bhattacharya – Tabla)

April 10, Thursday, 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. – Confluent Winds
At Stata Center, MIT, Cambridge MA
· Music Triveni 2008 by Natraj with Phil Scarf on the Saxaphone, Shashank and Steve Gorn on the Flute
· Showing of a rare film on Hindustani Music

April 11, 12, 13 (Friday – Sunday) – Cascade of Melodies and Rhythms
At McDevitt School, Waltham MA

April 11, Friday, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
· Hindustani-Carnatic Flute Jugalbandi – Shashank and RonuMajumdar
· Hindustani Vocal – Prabhakar Karekar

April 12, Saturday, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
· Hindustani Vocal – Prabha Atre
· Sitar and Tabla Legacy Group –
Partho Chatterjee, Anindo Chatterjee, Purbayan Chatterjee, Anubrata Chatterjee
· Hindustani Vocal – Madhav Gudi
· Carnatic Vocal – Abhishek Raghuram
· Sarod – Anirban Dasgupta
· Hindustani Vocal – Kumkum Sanyal
· Carnatic Vocal – Geeta Murali
· Mridangam and Tabla Lecture Demonstration – J. Vaidyanathan and Vishal Nagar

April 13, Sunday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
· Carnatic Vocal – Aruna Sairam
· Dhrupad – Gundecha Brothers
· Carnatic Vocal – O. S. Tyagarajan
· Sitar – Shujat Khan
· Veena – Jayanthi Kumaresh
· Hindustani Vocal – Warren Senders
· Hindustani Vocal Lecture Demonstration – Gangadhar Rao Telang


(Source: LearnQuest Academy of Music | ICM Conference 2008 | Program | eMail)

Learnquest 2007: Festival of Indian Classical Music

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OSIW: Open Source has potential with solutions for the disabled

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 17, 2008

Dated, February 17, 2008 –

Open Source India Week (OSIW), India’s largest Linux and Open Source concluded its two-day activities in Delhi today after scintillating sessions that spanned three-cities, a week-long 17 events and 100-plus speakers, and was accompanied by the ManageIT Expo. OSIW, formerly held under the banner of LinuxAsia for four years at Delhi, showcased solutions for business, mobility and human welfare.
The highlight of the second day was a very interesting and topical special session on Open Source accessibility solutions for the disabled. Opened by the legendary Klaus Knopper (of Knoppix fame) who showcased the ADRIANE desktop environment for the visually-impaired. Continuing on the same theme, Steffen Franke of Ed-Media Education, Germany spoke of the challenges of accessibility in e-learning. Professor Arun Mehta of the Computer Engg Department at JMIT Radaur demonstrated computing for those with cerebral palsy and autism and Krishnakant Mane, researcher at the TIFR, Mumbai demonstrated accessibility features of the GNOME desktop.
Speakers at the Accesibility session highlighted a few key needs which they hoped the developers gathered there would solve in the future – some included software that speaks in the local language and local accent, eye-pointing technology (that can take inputs from the eyeball movements of profoundly-disabled people who can communicate only through eye movements), and adapting these technologies in a context that will help these people find employment. Krishnakant Mane showed how to make Firefox speak so that the visually-impaired can browse the Internet easily. As Knopper commented, “OSIW shows that there is no necessity to use proprietary software any more. You can do everything better with open source. Open source makes it better for everyone including users with handicaps to use modern technology on the Internet.
Another angle to the issue of accessibility to computing for people with special needs was brought in by Arun Mehta. “Commercial software makers do not get into this area unless they see a marketing angle to it. But in the open source world, you will find that many developers themselves are specially-abled – they use it on a day-to-day basis and also contribute back to improve the software they use. This creates an ecosystem that promotes innovation in development of solutions for accessibility”, said Mehta.The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu is working to find appropriate technologies for the visually impaired.
At the CXO Summit, a parallel event of the OSIW, C. Umashankar, MD of ELCOT talked of the drive to train teachers for the visually impaired and mentioned the use of equipment based on open source equivalent of the iPOD Nano which the visually impaired use for storing audio-lessons. ELCOT has also worked on application software that are web-based and disability-enabled, two such solutions having already gone online, according to Umashankar.
As part of the commitment to recognize excellence in development of Open Source solutions that benefit mankid in some way, the organizers had, last year, initiated the FOSS India Awards – opening upto 20 challenges for the Open Source world. After an year-long exercise during which a myriad applications were submitted and evaluated, the FOSS India Awads were announced during the Conference this year. The lead Award was taken by “Hindawi” a project submitted by developers Abhishek Chaudhary and Sweta Chaudhary. Hindawi enables system level programming in Indic languages shattering the myth that full-fledged systems programming is not feasible in non-English languages.Other projects awarded were the “Zmanda Recovery Manager”, which simplifies the life of a Database Administrator with a simple-to-use yet robust recovery manager for MySQL Server; and “Dhwani” – a framework to develop Indian Language text to speech systems – that works in Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam now.
The FOSS India Awards were sponsored by NRC-FOSS, a unit of C-DAC. Said M.R. Rajagopalan, Director NRC-FOSS, “Through such incentives, NRCFOSS expects to stimulate young minds, enourage innovative contributions to the FOSS ecosystem and address the digital divide.”
The Delhi programme of the OSIW included the TechZone – workshops and technical sessions, the Software Development Talks which update software developers with the latest trends, technologies and methodologies in the open source world; while IT Implementation Talks inform IT managers of latest open source solutions and best practices across a wide spectrum of business verticals and applications.
The OSIW has been put together by the Forum for Open Source Innovation in India (FOSII) and is supported through sponsorships by Microsoft, Novell, RedHat, NRCFoss, Intel, and others. The event continued through the week with a OSIW and the CTO Forum at Bangalore, followed by the CXO Forum at Mumbai, and now the OSIW at Delhi accompanied by the ManageIT Expo. India’s biggest Linux & Open Source conference and expo, formerly held under the banner of LinuxAsia for four years at Delhi, has expanded across the three cities and now spans week-long 17 Events with 100-plus speakers and mainstream exhibitors showcasing solutions for business, mobility and human welfare.
The Conference speakers included such leading lights as Klaus and Adriane Knopper, co-developers of Knoppix; Dr. Anthony Wasserman, Executive Director of the Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Open Source Investigation (COSI), Louis Suárez-Potts of Indian speakers and industry leaders include Nandkumar Pradhan, CEO of Red Hat India; Sandeep Menon, Head of Novell; Vikas Kanungo, Chairman – The Society for Promotion of e-Governance, India; and C Umashankar, MD, ELCOT. One of the star speakers was David Axmark, who is a co-founder of MySQL, a firm that was recently bought by Sun Microsystems for US $ 1 billion.
About OSIWThe Forum for Open Source Initiatives in India (FOSII) is a body that aims to accelerate the adoption of Open Source (OS) by fostering innovation and development within the country. Set up by a group of individuals from the Linux/Open Source community, its membership comprises senior industry professionals, technology journalists, enthusiasts, media-persons and others from the OS community.

The Open Source India Week (formerly LinuxAsia) Conference and Expo is an initiative of the FOSII. The event is managed by the EFY Group, a multi-faceted media house, publishers of LINUX For You and Electronics for You magazines.

(Source: C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) | In the News)

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Kala Ramnath receives prestigious ‘Kumar Gandharva Award’…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 16, 2008

Madhya Pradesh to honour veteran star Manoj Kumar
February 16th, 2008 – 6:24 pm ICT by admin

Bhopal, Feb 16 (IANS)
– Veteran actor and director Manoj Kumar will be conferred the Kishore Kumar Award by the Madhya Pradesh government for his contribution to cinema. Besides, the government would confer the Lata Mangeshkar Award for playback singing to Nitin Mukesh while the Iqbal Samman would be awarded to noted Urdu writer Iqbal Majid. The recipients would get Rs.200,000 each and a citation.

Violinist Kala Ramnath would be honoured with the Kumar Gandharv Award, which carries a reward of Rs.100,000, a shawl and a `Shriphal’, said Culture and Public Relations Minister Lakshmikant Sharma in a statement here Friday.

The minister said that the date for giving away the awards are yet to be finalised.

“Noted actor, director, producer, lyricist and script writer Manoj Kumar, who possesses a multi-dimensional personality, has made movies based on moral values and patriotism. They include ‘Shaheed’, ‘Upkar’, ‘Purab Aur Pashchim’, ‘Yadgar’, ‘Shor’, ‘Roti Kapda aur Makan’ and ‘Kranti’ in which he has carried out many responsibilities including script writing, lyrics composition, direction and acting,” Sharma said.

“Nitin Mukesh sang his first film song in the film ‘Dhuwen Ki Lakeer’ in 1974 which was a duet with Vani Jayaram and later in several film including ‘Satyam Shivam Sundaram’, ‘Noori’, ‘Trishul’, ‘Chandni’, ‘Kranti’, ‘Nakhuda’, ‘Khudgharz’ and ‘Tezaab’. He has also been an assistant of film director and producer late Hrishikesh Mukherjee in many films,” he added.

Urdu litterateur Iqbal Majid, who has been selected for Iqbal Samman, has been active in the field of writing since 1956. Several collections of his short stories have been published. Majid has presented the Hindi version of Dostoevsky’s famous novel “Crime and Punishment”.

Kala Ramnath, who has been named for the National Kumar Gandharv Award, got her early training in violin playing from T.N. Krishnan and N. Rajan. She had performed as violinist at various prestigious events in India and abroad. She has also received the Surmani, Sur Ratna and Pandit Jasraj Gaurav awards.

(Source: 16th Febr 2008 (06:24 pm) | ThaiIndian News – | Entertainment News)

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Third GARUDA Partners Meet – Bangalore March 2008

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 13, 2008

GARUDA is a collaboration of science researchers and experimenters on a nation wide grid of computational nodes, mass storage and scientific instruments that aims to provide the technological advances required to enable data and compute intensive science for the 21st century. One of GARUDA’s most important challenges is to strike the right balance between research and the daunting task of deploying that innovation into some of the most complex scientific and engineering endeavors being undertaken today.

The Department of Information Technology (DIT), Government of India has funded the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) to deploy the nation-wide computational grid ‘GARUDA’ which will connect 17 cities across the country in its Proof of Concept (PoC) phase with an aim to bring “Grid” networked computing to research labs and industry. GARUDA will accelerate India’s drive to turn its substantial research investment into tangible economic benefits.


Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Dear GARUDA Partner,

We are pleased to invite you for the “Third GARUDA Partners Meet”, which will be held on March 3rd & 4th 2008 at Bangalore.

The agenda for the meet will include a series of presentations focusing on partner’s experiences with GARUDA, Virtual Community meetings and discussions on the road map for the next phase of the project.

This letter is sent to you in advance to enable you to block your dates amidst your pressing schedules and make necessary travel arrangements for the meet. Details on the meet, including the registration details will be sent to you shortly. Please note that C-DAC will take care of the arrangements for a comfortable stay at the event venue.

If you have any query or are in need of additional information, please contact Dr.Prahlada Rao ( or Savitha Gowda (

We look forward to seeing you in Bangalore.

With best wishes,

N. Mohanram

(Note: Admission is restricted only to 2 members per institute)

Fax: 080 – 25247724


Mr. Mohan Ram
Chief Investigator, GARUDA

Tel: +91-80-25246357
EPABX +91-80-2524 4059

GARUDA Fabric Contact
Dr. Subrata Chattopadhyay
Head – C-DAC’s Terascale Supercomputing Facility

EPABX +91-80-2524 4059

GARUDA Technologies & Research Contact
Dr. Prahlad Rao
Head – System Software Development

EPABX +91-80-2524 4059

(Source: – 02/13/2008)

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Khayal Darpan – A Mirror of Imagination

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 13, 2008

A documentary film exploring the classical music traditions
of urban Pakistan: A journey by an Indian filmmaker

In a quest to explore the impact of India’s Partition on the classical music traditions of South Asia, Delhi-based filmmaker Yousuf Saeed spent about 6 months in Pakistan in 2005. After traveling in Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad – interviewing musicians and scholars, attending music concerts, and observing the teaching of music in various institutions, Yousuf not only documented some of the surviving practitioners and patrons of classical music, but also raised many vital questions, about cultural identity, nationalism, legitimacy of music in Islam, Pakistan’s popular culture and its affairs with India, and the survival of classical music itself in South Asia. This quest has resulted in a musical documentary film, Khayal Darpan, featuring some well-known as well as many lesser known but talented musicians of Pakistan.

Following are some of the artists, musicians, scholars and others who participated in this film:

Aliya Rashid Singer from Lahore who visited India
Amir Zaki Guitarist, Karachi
Arifa Syeda Professor at NCA, Lahore
Babar Niazi and Javed Niazi Singers, Islamabad
Badruzzaman and Qamruzzaman Classical singers, Lahore
Beenish Parvez Ghazal singer, Lahore
Fateh Ali Khan Classical singer, Islamabad
Ghulam Hasan Shaggan Classical singer, Lahore
Ghulam Hyder Music composer, Lahore
Malikzada Hafeez Khan Dhrupad singer, Lahore
Nafees Ahmed Sitar player, Karachi
Naseeruddin Saami Classical singer, Lahore/Karachi
Noor Zehra Veena Player, Lahore
Parvez Paras Musician, Lahore
Raza Kazim Lawyer, musicologist, Lahore
Salamat Hussain Ghazal singer, Karachi
Sarah Zaman Classical singer, Lahore
Sarwat Ali Columnist, Lahore
Sharafat Ali Khan Classical singer, Lahore
Shehroz Hussain Sitar player, Karachi
Taimoor Khan Sarangi player, Lahore
Zulfiqar Ali Classical singer, Lahore
And many other singers at the Amateur
Melodies Club, Karachi, and at National
College of Arts, Lahore

Screenings so far (or forthcoming):

August 18, 2006: Media Preview in Delhi
(Grey Zone Film Club, New Delhi)

October 3, 2006: Wellesley College, Massechusettes (US)

October 6, 2006: University of Texas, Austin (US) See details

October 11, 2006: Columbia University, New York (US) See details

November 17, 2006: Sarai/CSDS, New Delhi (India) See details

November 17, 2006: World Performing Arts Festival (Rafi Peer Theatre Group), Lahore, Pakistan

December 17, 2006: Film Festival on Arts and Artists, JD Centre of Art, Bhubaneshwar, Orissa

December 23, 2006: India International Centre, New Delhi. See details

January 12, 2007: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

January 28, 2007: The Attic, New Delhi (Grey Zone Film Club)

February 5, 2007: ITC-Sangeet Research Academy, Kolkata

February 7, 2007: Goethe-Institut (Max Mueller Bhavan), Kolkata

February 9, 2007: Vikalp monthly screenings, Mumbai (Bhupesh Gupta Bhavan, Prabhadevi)

February 10, 2007: Neela Bhagwat’s centre (Mumbai)

February 16, 2007: CSSS Calcutta

February 17, 2007: Lahore Chitrakar, Lahore, Pakistan

February 22, 2007: Bring Your Own Film Festival (BYOFF), Puri, Orissa

February 25, 2007: Gallery Alternatives, Gurgaon

March 3, 2007: Bhavan’s Cultural Center, Andheri, Mumbai

March 11, 2007: Piparia Film Festival, Piparia, Hoshangabad, MP

March 16, 2007: Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Academy, Chandigarh

March 24 and 28, 2007: Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong (See detail)

April 1, 2007: 2nd Gorakhpur Film Festival, Gorakhpur

April 14, 2007: Vikalp, Bangalore

April 19, 2007: Jamia Millia University (Yasir Arafat Hall)

June 15, 2007: India Development Foundation, Gurgaon

August 12, 2007: Asia Society, Mumbai (as part of 4-films on partition)

August 18, 2007: Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi

August 26, 2007: Kino Kandivali, Kandivali, Mumbai

September 19, 2007: Academic Staff College, Jamia Millia, New Delhi

September 25, 2007: School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU, New Delhi

October 11 and 15, 2007: Film South Asia Festival, Kathmandu, Nepal

October 18, 2007: Lyon Asian Film Festival, Lyon, France

October 22, 2007: Museum für Völkerkunde, (Vienna, Austria)

October 24, 2007: SCM, Sophia College, Mumbai

October 25, 2007: Little Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai

November 1, 2007: Ansari Auditorium, Jamia Millia, Delhi (Talimi Mela)

November 10, 2007: Pakistani Film Festival, Glasgow, UK

Nov 7-11, 2007: Mahindra Indo American Arts Council Film Festival, New York, USA

November 24, 2007: Sampurna, Karachi

December 16, 2007: IVSAA, Karachi (org. by APMC, Karachi)

December 20, 2007: Delhi International Arts Festival, Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

Feb.3-9, 2008: Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF2008), Mumbai

Feb.13-17, 2008: ViBGYOR Film Festival, Thrissur, Kerala

More updates on

The film/video production work at Ektara is mostly carried out under the direction of Yousuf Saeed, along with some of his associates. Here are some details on the past experience and films produced by Yousuf:

Yousuf Saeed finished his Masters in Mass Communication at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, in 1990, and began his career by producing the well-known science series Turning Point on Doordarshan, with Times TV (the Times of India). He co-produced and edited about 45 episodes of this series that was hosted by actors Naseeruddin Shah and Girish Karnad. In 1993 he left Times to start on his own and directed many documentary films for Doordarshan and other agencies. Some of his important films include a 5-part documentary series on Ladakh, a 4-part series on the Sufi poet Amir Khusrau, and a short film called Basant. Many of these films were screened at national and international film festivals such as the Mumbai International Film Festival (1998 and 2000) and other fora.
Through Amir Khusrau, he developed a special interest in south Asia’s multi-cultural traditions, music and literature, and their role in maintaining communal harmony. In 1998 he started an Internet platform called the Amir Khusrau website to promote these values of pluralism ( This website is visited by a large number of people everyday.

In 1999, Yousuf joined Encyclopaedia Britannica (India) to work on their website and other design/photo related products. He was the photo editor for the 7-volume “Students’ Britannica on India”, the 2-volume “Britannica on Indian History”, and the recently released “Encyclopaedia of Hindi Cinema”. He also collaborated with noted vocalist Shubha Mudgal to produce Internet features on Indian music for the Britannica website. Currently, Yousuf is on his own, producing more documentary films and other multimedia products. His most recent film is a one-hour documentary on the Indian scientist Prof.Yashpal, produced for Indian govt.’s Department of Science and Technology.

With his interests at resolving communal issues in India, Yousuf wrote and published a trilingual book called “What kind of India shall we give to our children?” enlisting some practical suggestions on how to reduce communal prejudice in the society. This book, published during the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat, was widely distributed especially in the educational sector, and well received. Yousuf is now working on the second, more expanded, edition of the book. He has also been visiting many schools in Delhi to show films and talk about plural cultural identity. His film Basant has been screened at Springdales, Blue Bells, Vasant Valley, and St.Mary’s schools in Delhi, besides at various symposia at the universities of Berkeley and Harvard in the US, at Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris, and at the Wolfson College, Oxford, UK. For last two years, he, along with many friends, has been holding a festival of Sufi Basant in and around the dargah Nizamuddin area of Delhi, in the month of February, incorporating Qawwalis, film shows, heritage walks, and general celebration of spring.

In the techniques of television and video production, Yousuf specializes in editing and has worked on almost all platforms of linear and non-linear editing in the last 18 years. In 2003, he spent about three months instructing the students of M.A. in Mass Communication at AJKMCRC on the Final Cut Pro software on Mac.

Educational Qualification:

  • M.A. in Mass Communication (1990) AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi, India
  • B.Sc. (Hons) (1988) Aligarh University, Aligarh, (UP) India
  • Senior Secondary School (1985) Jamia Higher Secondary School, JMI, New Delhi
  • Certificate in Arts Appreciation – 1992, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi

Professional Experience:

  • Currently working as an independent filmmaker and researcher (Since Sept. 2001), also the project director of Tasveer Ghar, an international initiative to archive south Asia’s popular culture and arts
  • Worked at the Encyclopedia Britannica (India) from Sept. 1999 to Sept. 2001 as the Arts/Design Editor, as well as for developing their Internet site. Arts Editor on the 7-volume Students’ Britannica on India, the 2-volume Britannica on Indian History, and the recently released tome Encyclopedia of Hindi Cinema.
  • Worked as an independent documentary filmmaker (from July 1993 to Sept. 1999)
  • Worked as an associate producer/editor of the television science magazine Turning Point at Times TV, the Times of India, co-producing about 45 episodes (Dec 1990-July 1993).
  • Worked as an independent producer of educational films (June 1990-December 1990)


  • SARAI Fellowship 2004: A short research fellowship entitled Syncretism in the popular art of Muslim religious posters in north India, awarded by the Centre for Studies in the Developing Societies, SARAI, New Delhi. Details found at
  • Asia Fellowship 2005: to conduct a documentation project on Amir Khusrau’s living musical traditions in Pakistan, awarded by Asian Scholarship Foundation, Bangkok. The project concluded with a research paper and two documentary films Khayal Darpan (100 mins) and Khusrau in Pakistan (15 mins).
  • Visiting fellow at the Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Paris. It involved 3 presentations of films and other audio visual material at different venues in Paris between 25 May and 1st June 2006.
  • Traveling fellowship from the Boston University, Boston, to visit many institutions in the United States to present films and talk about India’s plural culture (September to October 2006). Lectured and screened films at universities such as Harvard, Boston, Tufts, Texas (Austin), Columbia (New York), and Chicago.

Some Published works:

  • Basant – the Rites of Spring, essay in Speaking Tree, The Times of India, Mumbai, February 1998
  • What kind of India shall we give to our children? A small booklet in English, Urdu, and Hindi, enlisting some practical suggestions on reducing communal prejudice in the society, self-published after 2002’s communal violence in Gujarat. New Delhi, June 2002
  • Popular Art Bridges Divide, published in The Times of India, New Delhi, February 18, 2006.
  • An Image Bazaar for the Devotee, essay in ISIM Review 17, Leiden, 2006, International Institute for the Study of Islam & Modernity, Leiden, The Netherlands.
  • Khusrau’s Hindvi Poetry, An Academic Riddle? Essay in Hu, the Sufi Journal of the Rumi Foundation, May 2007, Delhi (also at the Amir Khusrau website –
  • Classical Music in Pakistan: The Impact of Partition, in Biblio magazine. July-August 2007, Delhi
  • This is what they look like – Stereotypes of Muslim Piety in Calendar Art and Hindi Cinema, a virtual gallery visual essay at Tasveer Ghar website ( ) September 2007
  • Mecca versus the Local Shrine: The Dilemma of Orientation in the Popular Religious Art of Indian Muslims, essay in India’s Popular Culture, a Marg book, 2007, Mumbai, []
  • Developing many websites including one dedicated to Amir Khusrau and related subjects: Many of my write-ups are available at this website.

Conferences/Academic events attended:

  • Presented the paper Contemporary Challenges to Pluralism in the Popular Devotional Art of South Asian Muslims at the workshop “InVisible Histories: The Politics of Placing the Past”, held at Amsterdam, organized by International Institute for the Study of Islam and Modernity (ISIM), Leiden, on 2-3 September, 2005.
  • Presented two multi-media lectures in September 2004, to the students at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Jamia Millia Islamia University, Delhi: (1) Cross-cultural Interactions in Indian Music – Amir Khusrau’s Contribution, and (2) Finding Syncretic Symbolism in the Religious Art of Muslims.
  • Presented the paper Pluralism in the popular devotional art of Indian Muslims at the Second International Conference on Religions and Cultures in the Indic Civilisation, 17-20 December 2005, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, organized by the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi.
  • Presentations on Syncretic Symbolism in Muslim Popular Art at the Gallery Alternatives, Gurgaon, Haryana (26 Nov.2005), and at Miranda House, Delhi University (13 Dec.2005)
  • Presented the paper Telling Devotional Stories inthe Muslim Popular Art of India:Images in the Ritual of a Pilgrimage, at the workshop “Building a scientific database for visual and audiovisual media” at University of Heidelberg, Germany, May 2006.
  • Presented the paper Amir Khusrau and Indo-Muslim Identity among the Art Music Traditions of Pakistan at the 6th Annual Asia Fellows Conference at Bangkok, Thailand, (3-4 July 2006).
  • Presentation on Stereotypes of Indian Muslims in Popular Media, at the Annual Conflict Transformation Workshop at WISCOMP (Dalai Lama Foundation), India International Centre, Delhi, December, 2007

Some Documentary Films Directed:

  • Khayal Darpan (A Mirror of Imagination): A feature-length film exploring the development of classical music in Pakistan post-1947, featuring many famous Khayal singers of Pakistan. 100 mins. DVCAM. Screened at Hong Kong Int. Film Festival 2007, Film South Asia Kathmandu 2007, Lyon Asian Film Fest 2007, and many academic venues. This film was screened at Concordia University on January 12, 2007. see details at
  • Jannat Ki Rail (The Train to Heaven): A 7-minutes experimental music video celebrating the spirit of India’s popular Islam, illustrated by popular devotional art and music. 2006. Featured at many film fests.
  • Yashpal – A Life in Science: A biographical film about India’s senior scientist Prof.Yashpal, exploring over half a century of his career in particle physics, satellite communication, and science education. 40 mins, 2004, DVCAM/Betacam, UGC, New Delhi
  • EFBS – A Safer Pest Control: A training film for farmers on reducing the use of harmful chemical pesticides while growing vegetables such as eggplant. Dubbed in 5 Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Gujarati and Khasi. DV/Betacam, AVRDC-Taiwan, 2004
  • Basant: A short film about how a primarily Hindu festival of spring called Basant is celebrated by some Muslims in North India. 12 mins. Betacam (Oct.1997). Screened at Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF’98), and the 6th International Short Film Festival, Dhaka (Bangladesh) 1999, and other venues.
  • Muharram: A short film that portrays the colourful and highly passionate observance of Muharram in north India’s Amroha town. 15 mins, 1998. Participated in MIFF 2000, Mumbai
  • Inside Ladakh: (with Iffat Fatima) A series of 5 documentary films that study the concept of change in 5 ethnic regions of Ladakh, Himalayas. 5×30 min. (June 1997-Doordarshan). Featured at MIFF 1998, Mumbai.
  • Boojh Sakay To Boojh: A 4 part documentary series on the contemporary image of 13-century poet Amir Khusrau. (With Iffat Fatima) 4×30 min. Betacam (Jan.1997)
  • Turning Point: Co-directed and edited about 45 episodes of this Science series for Doordarshan TV channel (via Times Television) 1992-1994
  • Medicine’s New Vision: Research, camera and editing of this 3-part documentary series on medical imaging techniques, such as Sonography, CTScan and MRI. 3×24 mins. U-matic (July-Sept.1990-UGC)
  • The Gene Story – (with Aradhana Kohli Kapoor) A video documentary on Genetic engineering. 24 min. U-matic. (May 1990-Final Student Video, MCRC).
  • More films by Yousuf Saeed
(Source: 02/2008 – Ektara)

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Carnegie Hall Announces 2008-2009 Season (02/08/2008)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 8, 2008

Carnegie Hall Announces 2008-2009 Season…


Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Commemorating Leonard Bernstein—Fall 2008
Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy
Curated by Jessye Norman—Spring 2009
Acclaimed Conductor-Pianist Daniel Barenboim in 15-Event Series
Culminating in a Complete Mahler Symphony Cycle Led by Barenboim and Pierre Boulez
Tabla Virtuoso Zakir Hussain Showcased in Five Events
Collaborating with Wide Range of Artists




(NEW YORK)—Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director, today announced Carnegie Hall’s 2008–2009 season featuring more than 200 performances by many of the world’s finest artists, presented on Carnegie Hall’s three stages and throughout New York City in collaborations with many of the city’s leading cultural institutions. Major highlights of Carnegie Hall’s new season include two complementary citywide festivals that celebrate the dynamic culture and distinctive history of American music—Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds, commemorating the life of iconic American musician Leonard Bernstein, co-presented with the New York Philharmonic in fall 2008, and Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, curated by Jessye Norman in spring 2009.

“With two major festivals in 2008–2009, we build on our programming approach launched in 2007–2008. Working in partnership with many great New York City cultural institutions, we are offering audiences exciting journeys across a broad cultural spectrum, inspired and drawn together by compelling themes,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director. “Following our current major international focus, our 2008–2009 season pays tribute to the remarkable contribution that the United States has made to world culture, with celebrations of Leonard Bernstein, the African American cultural legacy, and Elliott Carter’s 100th birthday, featuring concerts, special events, and major educational initiatives. Building on Carnegie Hall’s remarkable history, our goal is to ensure that our institution, through its programming, continues to play a central part in broadening the role and relevance of arts and culture in the lives of the people of this great city and beyond.”

Highlights Overview

With two major festivals—Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds and Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy—anchoring its 2008–2009 season, Carnegie Hall invites audiences to explore important American themes, celebrating the musical riches and diverse cultural history of the US—a history that has been intertwined with that of the Hall for nearly 120 years.

Carnegie Hall’s season opens on September 24 with a gala concert launching Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds with Michael Tilson Thomas leading the San Francisco Symphony and soloists Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Dawn Upshaw in an all-Bernstein program, to be recorded for later broadcast on PBS’s Great Performances. The Bernstein festival, co-presented with the New York Philharmonic, celebrates the extraordinary achievements of the late Leonard Bernstein, one of the most important international musicians of the 20th century and a quintessential New Yorker, in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of his birth and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as the Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. The citywide festival continues through December 13 and includes over 30 events and educational projects at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City Center, and other collaborating partner venues.

In March 2009, Carnegie Hall salutes the enduring vitality, influence, and creativity of African American music. Curated by renowned soprano Jessye Norman, Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy offers a personal exploration of the Spiritual, gospel, jazz, R&B, and classical voices that have made African American music celebrated throughout the world; it also pays tribute to these pioneering artists with nearly 20 concerts, recitals, and panel discussions at Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and other venues in the city.

The Bernstein and Honor! festivals represent Carnegie Hall’s commitment to presenting major festivals each season, drawing together all of the Hall’s programmatic and educational resources and inviting audiences to explore compelling themes, reflected across the spectrum of the arts. Carnegie Hall launched this initiative in November 2007 with its first major international festival Berlin in Lights, which received worldwide acclaim. As with Berlin in Lights, Carnegie Hall’s two American festivals in 2008–2009 feature collaborations with a wide variety of cultural institutions throughout New York City and large-scale education projects under the aegis of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.

Major highlights of Carnegie Hall’s 2008–2009 season also include the 10th anniversary of Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives, with personally curated series by conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim and tabla player Zakir Hussain; the appointment of American composer Elliott Carter to the Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall during his 100th birthday year; and a celebration of the music of Hungary, to include a weeklong residency by eminent composer György Kurtág, who makes his first visit to New York. Also, the extensive educational activities of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall and of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—have been further integrated into Carnegie Hall’s programming. Programs of The Weill Music Institute continue to offer valuable opportunities for people from all walks of life to engage more closely with music with special programs to be presented as integral parts of the two American festivals as well as eight Professional Training Workshops for young professional musicians, led by world-class visiting artists.

For the fourth consecutive year, Bank of America will be Carnegie Hall’s season sponsor. ”We are immensely grateful to Bank of America for their tremendous support,” said Mr. Gillinson. “Their ongoing commitment helps us to build on the great history of Carnegie Hall, honoring the Hall’s remarkable traditions of presenting artists and ensembles who represent the very best in music, creating diverse programming that attracts a wide variety of audiences, and expanding programming initiatives to provide access to new audiences, bringing the joy of extraordinary music to ever more people.”

Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds

Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds, presented by Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic, celebrates one of the most important international musicians of the 20th century and a quintessential New Yorker—Leonard Bernstein—in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of his birth and the 50th anniversary of his appointment as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic. Recognizing Bernstein’s many roles as performer, composer, educator, advocate, and idealist, this wide-ranging festival, presented from September 24 to December 13, 2008, features more than 30 events at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City Center, and a number of partner venues throughout New York City. The celebration, reflecting Bernstein’s multifaceted artistry and work in diverse musical genres, includes concerts, recitals, musical theater, lectures, and film screenings, as well as family and educational programming, illustrating the breadth of this legendary artist’s contributions to music history on both the American and international music scenes.

Bernstein festival events presented by Carnegie Hall include:

Opening Night Gala of Carnegie Hall’s 118th Season with the San Francisco
Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, Thomas Hampson, Yo-Yo Ma, and Dawn Upshaw
Bernstein’s Mass at Carnegie Hall with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra led by
Marin Alsop, a Bernstein protégé
New York Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall marking the 65th anniversary of
Bernstein’s legendary 1943 Philharmonic debut with a program led by Music Director
Designate Alan Gilbert
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel
The New York Pops: The Bernstein Songbook
Standard Time with Michael Feinstein
Bill Charlap Trio in Somewhere: The Songs of Leonard Bernstein, a jazz tribute
presented in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC
Arias, Barcarolles, a Sonata, and Riffs, a program of Bernstein chamber music and
songs with Robert Spano, Susan Graham, Rod Gilfry, Ricardo Morales, Jeremy Denk,
and members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic
Special Leonard Bernstein exhibit in Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum

Complementing these concerts and reflecting Bernstein’s unique legacy as an educator, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute undertakes several special projects in fall 2008 tied to the Bernstein festival, including a Carnegie Hall Family Concert and The Bernstein Mass Project, an expansive education program for hundreds of New York City public school students culminating with performances at Zankel Hall and the United Palace Theater in Washington Heights.

Media participation extends the reach of the Bernstein festival beyond New York City. Thirteen/WNET New York will record Carnegie Hall’s Opening Night Gala performance for later broadcast on Great Performances on PBS. Major support for this broadcast will be provided by S. Donald Sussman.

Bernstein festival events presented by the New York Philharmonic include:

New York Philharmonic at Avery Fisher Hall, two subscription programs pairing
Bernstein symphonies with works by fellow Philharmonic music directors and
20th-century American composers; led by Music Director Lorin Maazel and conductor
David Robertson
New York Philharmonic Presents The Juilliard Orchestra led by Philharmonic
Music Director Designate Alan Gilbert
New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concert with host Jamie Bernstein and
conductor Delta David Gier
New York Philharmonic’s School Partnership Program
The Scores Behind the Music, an exhibit at Avery Fisher Hall

Bernstein festival events presented at partner venues include:

New York City Center Encores! Presents Bernstein’s On The Town; six
semi-staged performances of Bernstein’s breakthrough 1944 musical with book and
lyrics by celebrated collaborators, Betty Comden and Adolph Green
The Joy of Music: Leonard Bernstein on Film, a film series at the Walter Reade
Theater, presented by Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in association with the
New York Philharmonic, Classifilms, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Leonard Bernstein: Reaching for the Note, a screening at The Jewish Museum of
the Emmy Award-winning American Masters documentary on Bernstein’s life
Leonard Bernstein: A Jewish Legacy, a performance/demonstration at The Jewish
Bernstein’s Broadway, an exhibition of screenings at The Paley Center for Media
(formerly The Museum of Television and Radio)
Seminar: Bernstein’s Broadway, an examination of Bernstein’s contributions to the
Broadway stage at The Paley Center for Media, moderated by director Rick McKay
(Broadway: The Golden Age) that features archival footage from the Paley Center

For more information on Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds, including a complete festival press kit, visit

Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, Curated by Jessye Norman

Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy salutes the enduring vitality, influence, and creativity of African American culture through a collection of concerts and special events curated by internationally renowned soprano Jessye Norman. This Carnegie Hall festival, presented in March 2009, is designed to celebrate African American music and its influence worldwide, and, in particular, to pay tribute to pioneering African American artists who forged the path for succeeding generations. Through partnerships with New York cultural institutions, including the legendary Apollo Theater, Honor! engages diverse audiences and provides a showcase for African American music in its many genres: classical, gospel, Spirituals, contemporary popular music, blues, and jazz, offering close to 20 events, including concerts, recitals, lectures, panel discussions, exhibitions, and educational programs at Carnegie Hall, Apollo Theater, The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and other venues throughout New York City.

Honor! festival events presented at Carnegie Hall include:

Honor: Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, and Beyond, an evening of music
paying tribute to the great African American popular artists of the past by today’s
daring innovators
Ask Your Mama! with soprano Jessye Norman and special musical guests. Emmy
Award-winning composer Laura Karpman and Jessye Norman collaborate on a new
multimedia musical presentation on a text by Langston Hughes, Ask Your Mama:
12 Moods for Jazz

Discovery Day: The African American Musical Experience, an all-day Zankel Hall
event with panel discussions, talks, and performances presenting an overview of
African American music: its origins, the work of today’s creative artists, and the
worldwide influence of these diverse musical forms. For the event, Carnegie Hall has
commissioned composer Daniel Bernard Roumain to write a new piece for the Imani
The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program conducted by Charles Dutoit, including
Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and Milhaud’s La création du monde, works both
inspired by African American music, and the New York premiere of George Walker’s
Violin Concerto
• An evening with jazz great Dee Dee Bridgewater
The Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival featuring a performance
of Sir Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time
Honor: The Voice, an evening of music hosted by Jessye Norman and featuring
renowned singers from the classical music and musical theater world paying homage
to African American musical icons who opened the doors for succeeding generations

Honor! festival events presented at the Apollo Theater include:

A Celebration of the Spiritual and Gospel Music, a concert program tracing the
development of the Spiritual from its African roots through solo vocal and choral
performances that will culminate in a performance by New York choirs who will join
forces for a joyous celebration of gospel music
Panel Discussion: The Spiritual and Gospel Music, a wide-ranging conversation
exploring the historical, political, and musical issues associated with Spirituals and
gospel music

Honor! festival events presented at additional New York City venues:

Sacred Ellington at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, a selection of excerpts from
Ellington’s Three Sacred Concerts and featuring Jessye Norman
Neighborhood concerts throughout New York City

Education and community programs will be an integral part of Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy. In addition to the Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival and neighborhood concerts, both presented this year in conjunction with Honor!, The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall’s Perelman American Roots program provides a curriculum specially created for middle school students focusing throughout the school year on the connections between African American music and US history.

In conjunction with this special festival, Carnegie Hall’s Rose Museum mounts an exhibition that offers visitors the opportunity to explore the fascinating history of African American artists and political and social figures who have appeared at Carnegie Hall throughout its 118-year history.

For updated artist and event information for Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, please visit in the coming months.


Featured in the inaugural season of Perspectives in 1999–2000, acclaimed pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim becomes the first artist to be invited for a second time to curate Carnegie Hall’s hallmark concert series, now entering its 10th season. Barenboim is featured in over 15 performances next season, appearing as conductor, soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. As the music director of the Staatskapelle Berlin, Barenboim, in partnership with fellow conductor and close musical colleague Pierre Boulez, leads the orchestra in a complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, performed by the Staatskapelle in ten concerts. The Mahler symphony cycle also features several sets of the composer’s lieder, with soloists Dorothea Röschmann, Michelle DeYoung, Burkhard Fritz, Thomas Hampson, and Thomas Quasthoff. As pianist, Barenboim joins Carnegie Hall’s celebration of composer Elliott Carter’s centenary in two concerts, presenting the New York premiere of Carter’s Interventions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and conductor James Levine on the evening of the composer’s 100th birthday, and performing later in the season in an all-Carter chamber concert featuring members of the Staatskapelle Berlin. Barenboim and Levine also collaborate at the keyboard, performing works for four hands: Schubert’s Fantasie in F Minor at the Boston Symphony concert, as well as Schubert’s “Grand Duo” Sonata and both sets of Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer on a program by The MET Chamber Ensemble. As part of his Perspectives, Mr. Barenboim conducts Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Metropolitan Opera and performs a solo piano recital on the Met’s stage—an exceptionally rare event.

Indian classical tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain—who curates a five-event Perspectives—has received countless honors in his illustrious career, including the titles of Padma Bhushan in 2002 and Padma Shri in 1988, given to civilians of merit by the Indian government, becoming the youngest percussionist to be awarded these titles. Hussain is recognized both in the field of percussion and in the music world at large as an international phenomenon and a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement. His historic collaborations have included such groups as Shakti, Remember Shakti, Diga Rhythm Band, Making Music, Planet Drum, Tabla Beat Science, and Sangam, in addition to recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Giovanni Hidalgo, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers of Japan. Hussain’s Perspectives at Carnegie Hall celebrates the scope of his collaborative career. As part of the series, he performs with santoor master Pandit Shivkumar Sharma; his own group Masters of Percussion, featuring percussion virtuosos from around the world; double bass player Edgar Meyer and banjo player Béla Fleck; and an all-star ensemble featuring members of Remember Shakti—ghatam player T.H. “Vikku” Vinayakram, mandolin player U. Shrinivas, kanjira and mridangam player V. Selvaganesh, and vocalist Shankar Mahadevan—along with saxophonist Charles Lloyd and drummer Eric Harland of his jazz trio Sangam. Hussain—a long-time teacher who has been a visiting professor at both Princeton and Stanford universities—extends his mentorship skills at Carnegie Hall, working with young musicians in a Professional Training Workshop presented by The Weill Music Institute.

Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall, 2008–2009 Season

Carnegie Hall has appointed Elliott Carter to its Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair and has planned a season-long celebration of his works in honor of his 100th birthday. Internationally recognized as a legendary American voice in classical music, Carter is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the first composer to receive the United States National Medal of Arts, and one of the few composers to win Germany’s prestigious Ernst von Siemens Music Prize. At 99 years of age, he has composed over 130 works, including 30 in the last ten years and nine in 2007. In the new season, Carnegie Hall pays tribute to Mr. Carter–who turns 100 in December–by programming a wide variety of his music, including a number of premieres and commissions, in contexts that illuminate his central role in the music of the last hundred years.

Carnegie Hall’s tribute to Carter launches on his 100th birthday—December 11, 2008—when James Levine leads the Boston Symphony Orchestra and pianist Daniel Barenboim in the New York premiere of his Interventions, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall. The following day, Carter’s chamber works, including the New York premiere of 2004’s Mosaic, are featured in a Making Music program with musical selections interspersed with film interludes by Frank Scheffer. Notable champions of Carter’s music perform special concerts of his work in celebration of the centenary: pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs a program entitled Carter in Context, pairing the composer’s formidable solo works for piano with selections from Bach’s The Art of Fugue; Pierre Boulez conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the New York premiere of Carter’s Réflexions on a program that also includes works by Ives and Varèse, two composers much admired by Carter; and Barenboim performs in an all-Carter chamber music program with members of the Staatskapelle Berlin, including the Quintet for Piano and Winds and the Quintet for Piano and Strings. The holders of the Carnegie Hall Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair have been Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (1995–1999), Pierre Boulez (1999–2003), John Adams (2003–2007), and Thomas Adès (2007–2008).

Celebrating Hungary

In late January/early February 2009, Carnegie Hall presents a celebration of the music of Hungary, encompassing orchestral, chamber, and folk music. The focus also highlights the music of three leading voices of Hungarian modernism: György Ligeti, Peter Eötvös, and György Kurtág, who makes his first visit to New York, appearing as composer, performer, and educator.

Kurtág’s eight-day New York residency serves as the centerpiece of Carnegie Hall’s Hungarian music celebration, with the composer and his music featured in three events. With his wife Márta, he performs selections from his ongoing work of miniatures for piano, Játékok (“Games”), on a program that also includes the US premiere of his work Hipartita for Solo Violin with soloist Hiromi Kikuchi. Eötvös—himself highly influenced by the music of Kurtág and Ligeti—conducts the UMZE Ensemble and Amadinda Percussion Group of Hungary in a chamber music program featuring the world premiere of the complete version of Kurtág’s Songs to Poems by Anna Akhmatova and Messages of the Late R. V. Troussova paired with Melodien, Cello Concerto, and Sippal, dobbal, nadihegeduvel (With Pipes, Drums, Fiddles), all by Ligeti, Kurtág’s late colleague and friend. During his New York visit, Kurtág also leads, for the first time in the US, one of his renowned workshops for young string quartets, focusing on his own music as well as repertoire by Beethoven and Bartók, as part of Carnegie Hall’s series of Professional Training Workshops presented by The Weill Music Institute.

Eötvös is himself the subject of a Making Music program during the Hungarian music focus, in an evening featuring a discussion with the composer and performances of his works, including a number of US premieres performed by Ensemble ACJW. Launching the celebration, Hungary’s leading classical music exponents, the Budapest Festival Orchestra and Music Director Iván Fischer, perform folk-inspired works by Liszt and Brahms, along with traditional Gypsy folk music featuring renowned Hungarian father and son violinists József Lendvay Sr. and József Lendvay Jr, as well as cimbalom player Oszkár Ökrös. Also featured are traditional Gypsy music concerts by violinist Roby Lakatos and vocalist Beáta Palya. The celebration culminates with a performance of the great Austro-Hungarian composer Joseph Haydn’s choral masterwork, The Creation, led by conductor Helmuth Rilling as the concluding concert of the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop.

Celebrating Hungary at Carnegie Hall is part of the citywide 2009 HERE HUNGARY Festival, presented by the Hungarian Ministry of Culture.

The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall

In the new season, the extensive education programs of The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall continue to enrich the Hall’s concert programming, providing musical journeys of exploration for audiences, children, families, students, musicians, and festival-goers. During Carnegie Hall’s 2008–2009 festivals—Bernstein and Honor!—The Weill Music Institute implements large-scale education projects for school students, as well as a variety of family, community, and classroom programs.

As part of Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds, The Weill Music Institute presents The Bernstein Mass Project, a creative-learning project for New York City middle and high school students, who will be engaged in a variety of initiatives created to explore Bernstein’s Mass beginning in spring 2008. Exploring the work’s themes of faith, doubt, tolerance, and renewal of tradition, students will compose original choral anthems and perform them in a free concert in Zankel Hall. In the Project’s culminating event, hundreds of school children form a massive choir, joining conductor Marin Alsop and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a performance of the Mass at the United Palace Theater in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. Other WMI programs presented during the Bernstein festival include a Carnegie Hall Family Concert and Discovery Day: Leonard Bernstein, a program exploring several aspects of Bernstein’s life through panel discussions and multimedia presentations. In addition, LinkUP! classroom curriculum for third- to fifth-grade students focuses on American music, including Bernstein’s.

In conjunction with the Jessye Norman festival, Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, The Weill Music Institute presents its annual Carnegie Hall National High School Choral Festival, in which four high school choirs from across the country, selected by audition, work with choral conductor Craig Jessop on Sir Michael Tippett’s 1941 oratorio A Child of Our Time in preparation for a final performance at Carnegie Hall. One of the most deeply moving and spiritually uplifting contemporary choral works of the 20th century, A Child of Our Time uses the African American Spiritual in much the same way that Bach employed chorales in his great choral compositions. The students also perform excerpts of the work in a concert at the Apollo Theater. Additional activities during Honor! include a series of Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts (artists and locations to be announced) and the Perelman American Roots program for middle school music and social studies students, a specially created yearlong curriculum that focuses on the broad and meaningful connections between the tradition of African American song forms and the history of the United States.

In another highlight of the new season, The Weill Music Institute’s series of Professional Training Workshops, in which some of Carnegie Hall’s renowned visiting artists work closely with select young professional musicians, feature eight sessions this year, led by composer Osvaldo Golijov and soprano Dawn Upshaw; György and Márta Kurtág; tabla player Zakir Hussain; and violinist Pamela Frank and pianist Claude Frank; as well as two annual events: the Carnegie Hall Choral Workshop, led this year by conductor Helmuth Rilling, and The Song Continues …, a celebration of the vocal recital presented in partnership with The Marilyn Horne Foundation, celebrating its 15-year anniversary. The Weill Music Institute also launches a workshop for wind and brass players interested in perfecting their orchestral playing skills next season, including one-on-one lessons, ensemble playing, preparation for auditions, and public performances, with guidance from leading players from top professional orchestras. Further details on this new workshop will be announced at a later date.

The Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall creates broad-reaching music education programs, playing a central role in the Hall’s commitment to making great music accessible to as many people as possible through creative musical interaction and inspiring lifelong learning. Educational programs are woven into the fabric of the Carnegie Hall concert season, with opportunities for preschoolers to adults, new listeners to emerging professional musicians. The Weill Music Institute annually serves over 115,000 children, students, teachers, parents, young music professionals, and adults in the New York City metropolitan area, across the United States, and around the world.

The Academy

Beginning in the 2008–2009 season, activities of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and The Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education—are even further integrated into Carnegie Hall’s regular concert programming. For the first time, concerts by Ensemble ACJW—made up of fellows of The Academy—are presented as part of Carnegie Hall various subscription series, many featuring collaborations with visiting artists. Performance highlights of the Ensemble’s 14 concerts at Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School include programs with conductors Peter Eötvös, Oliver Knussen, Andrew Manze, and Susanna Mälkki. In addition, Ensemble ACJW is featured in its own subscription series, Chamber Sessions IV.

Established in January 2007, The Academy is an innovative two-year fellowship program designed for outstanding US-based post-graduate musicians embarking on their careers. The program, which combines extensive performance opportunities with intensive music education training, seeks to instill in the artist of tomorrow both the highest performance standards and the capacity to give back to the community, inspiring new generations of musicians and music lovers. Central to the program is the partnership with the New York City Department of Education, in which each Academy Fellow is paired with a New York City public school, working with students in their classrooms in collaboration with their music teachers, for an average of 1.5 days per week for 24 weeks. The Academy, currently comprising 34 fellows, completes the second phase of its pilot program in June 2008.

2008–2009 Season Overview
The 2008–2009 Carnegie Hall season of over 200 events includes close to 160 orchestral, chamber, and recital performances; more than 40 pop, jazz, folk, and world music concerts; and a number of additional events presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. Included in this season are two festivals celebrating American music—Bernstein: The Best of All Possible Worlds, with over 30 events, and Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy, with close to 20 events. The season also features 27 world premieres, 6 US premieres, and 20 New York premieres.

Additional 2008–2009 Season Highlights
Commissions and Contemporary Music

Two legendary composers—Elliott Carter and György Kurtág—are in residence at Carnegie Hall during the 2008–2009 season, with Carter holding the Carnegie Hall Composer’s Chair and Kurtág making his first visit to New York during Carnegie Hall’s Hungarian music celebration. In other highlights, seven major works commissioned by Carnegie Hall have their premieres. These are Elliott Carter’s Interventions, performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, conductor James Levine, and pianist Daniel Barenboim, as well as new works by Thomas Adès for the Emerson String Quartet, David Bruce for the St. Lawrence String Quartet and clarinetist Todd Palmer, Brad Mehldau for mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, Nico Muhly for soprano Jessica Rivera, André Previn for The Mutter-Previn-Harrell Trio, and Daniel Bernard Roumain for Imani Winds.

As part of the Osvaldo Golijov/Dawn Upshaw Professional Training Workshop presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, eight young composers will be commissioned by Carnegie Hall, and their new works will be premiered in the Workshop’s culminating concerts. Additionally, three works previously commissioned by Carnegie Hall are featured in encore performances: Elliott Carter’s Intermittences from 2005 by pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Carter’s In the Distances of Sleep from 2006 by The MET Chamber Ensemble, and David Bruce’s Piosenki from 2007 by soprano Dawn Upshaw and Ensemble ACJW. Carnegie Hall has also co-commissioned cellist Maya Beiser’s new full-length concert program, Provenance, which is inspired by Spain’s Golden Age when Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived together peaceably over centuries and includes music by composers working in various Middle Eastern traditions, with a number of premieres.

Other world premieres next season include a new work by Charles Wuorinen for The MET Orchestra and pianist Peter Serkin; and André Previn’s Concerto for Violin, Viola, and Orchestra for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, and violist Yuri Bashmet. And in its annual “Orchestra Underground” series, the American Composers Orchestra performs 12 premieres from a wide variety of composers.

The 45th anniversary of Terry Riley’s revolutionary piece In C is celebrated at Carnegie Hall by the Kronos Quartet, which will invite more than two dozen favorite collaborators to join this one-time-only all-star ensemble to perform the seminal work for the first time ever in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage. Kronos Quartet performs another contemporary music program of note, offering the New York premiere of Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche’s Anomaly with Kotche as featured percussionist.

Carnegie Hall’s Making Music series of conversations with composers and performances of their works includes programs devoted to George Crumb, Elliott Carter, and Peter Eötvös next year.


Carnegie Hall presents performances by 12 American orchestras and 9 international orchestras during the 2008–2009 season. Among the highlights: In addition to an Opening Night program that launches the Bernstein festival, the San Francisco Symphony and Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas appear in two subsequent concerts, closing its series with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. The Chicago Symphony Orchestra appears four times in the new season, twice under Conductor Laureate Pierre Boulez in a wide array of 20th-century masterworks from Stravinsky to Ives, and twice under Principal Conductor Bernard Haitink in the monumental Bruckner Eighth and Schubert Ninth Symphonies. The Cleveland Orchestra and Music Director Franz Welser-Möst perform the New York premiere of George Benjamin’s Piano Concerto with Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder with soprano Measha Brueggergosman as part of its three-concert series.

Carnegie Hall celebrates the 80th birthday of conductor-pianist-composer André Previn this season. Previn leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in Strauss’s Symphonia domestica and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 from the keyboard, as well as the Orchestra of St. Luke’s in a program of his own works, including the world premiere of a concerto for violin and viola for Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yuri Bashmet and arias from A Streetcar Named Desire with soprano Renée Fleming. In addition, Carnegie Hall has commissioned a new work from Previn, a piano trio that has its world premiere by The Mutter-Previn-Harrell Trio on a chamber music program in the spring.

The Philadelphia Orchestra appears three more times in the new season, twice under Chief Conductor Charles Dutoit in works ranging from the first piano concertos of Prokofiev and Shostakovich with soloist Martha Argerich to Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” and the New York premiere of George Walker’s Violin Concerto as part of the Jessye Norman-curated festival Honor!. Sir Simon Rattle also leads the orchestra in Berlioz’s La damnation de Faust with soloists Magdalena Kožená, Giuseppe Sabbatini, and Thomas Quasthoff. In addition to the Previn program, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s offers a concert version of Osvaldo Golijov’s opera Ainadamar conducted by Robert Spano with vocalists Dawn Upshaw, Kelley O’Connor, and Emily Albrink, and an all-Mozart concert led by Roberto Abbado.

In addition to the premiere of Elliott Carter’s Interventions with pianist Daniel Barenboim, the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Music Director James Levine give the New York premieres of new works by Leon Kirchner and Gunther Schuller, and perform Schumann’s Piano Concerto with Maurizio Pollini and Mozart arias with Barbara Frittoli over three concerts. Levine also leads the annual three-concert series by The MET Orchestra with soloists including violinist Christian Tetzlaff, mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, and pianists Peter Serkin and Lang Lang.

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta makes its annual three-concert visit, with highlights such as Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht, Bruckner’s Symphony No. 9, and Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben. Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in three programs featuring new works by Jörg Widmann and Rodion Shchedrin, in addition to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 25 with Emanuel Ax and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Julia Fischer, among other works.

David Robertson leads the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra in two programs, including the New York premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s Mirage with soprano Karita Mattila and cellist Anssi Karttunen in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, and, in Zankel Hall, HK Gruber’s Frankenstein!! and Stravinsky’s Histoire du soldat. And, in addition to marking the 65th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s historic Philharmonic debut with a program led by Music Director Designate Alan Gilbert, the New York Philharmonic returns with two programs led by Lorin Maazel in his final season as Music Director.

Chamber Music

A number of exceptional chamber music collaborations take place at Carnegie Hall during the new season. Violinist Christian Tetzlaff, renowned as a soloist throughout the world, brings his quartet, the Tetzlaff Quartet, which features his sister, cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, violinist Elisabeth Kufferath, and violist Hanna Weinmeister to Zankel Hall. Violinist Gil Shaham collaborates on two all-Brahms programs with such artists as cellist Alisa Weilerstein and pianists Akira Eguchi and Orli Shaham. And flutist Emmanuel Pahud performs Bach and other Baroque music with harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock and cellist Jonathan Manson.

Carnegie Hall continues to present the finest period-instrument ensembles in concerts in Zankel Hall and Weill Recital Hall. In 2008–2009, these include performances by mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux with members of the Venice Baroque Orchestra, Les Talens Lyriques (with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato), Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, The English Concert (with countertenor David Daniels), Quatuor Mosaïques, and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra.

The MET Chamber Ensemble and Artistic Director James Levine are featured in three programs performing music by Schumann, Brahms, Carter, and Dallapiccola with members of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program. Other chamber music highlights include pianist Emanuel Ax, violinist Itzhak Perlman, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma collaborating in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, and the Brentano String Quartet in a program uniting music and poetry, performing Lee Hyla’s Howl based on the Allen Ginsberg poem and Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ with a newly commissioned poem by Mark Strand.


Vocal recital highlights of Carnegie Hall’s 2008–2009 season include the New York recital debut of bass René Pape in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage; mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli with the Orchestra La Scintilla of Zürich Opera; mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter in recital with pianists Bengt Forsberg and Brad Mehldau in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, as well as in a program of recital and chamber repertoire by composers who were imprisoned at Terezín during World War II, with violinist Daniel Hope, cellist Daniel Müller-Schott, and pianist Bengt Forsberg in Zankel Hall; soprano Dawn Upshaw performing with members of Ensemble ACJW; and soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, who focuses on works by Gomidas Vartabed in a program celebrating her Armenian heritage with members of the Armenian Philharmonic. Additional recitalists include sopranos Danielle de Niese (New York recital debut), Soile Isokoski, and Jessica Rivera; mezzo-soprano Angelika Kirchschlager; tenors Ian Bostridge and Paul Groves; baritone Andrew Garland; and bass Eric Owens (New York recital debut).

A particular highlight of the new season’s recitals is the conclusion of pianist András Schiff’s two-year Beethoven sonata cycle, which he began in 2007–2008. Other instrumental recitals in the new season offer a variety of noteworthy collaborations: pianist Leon Fleisher appears with close friends and fellow pianists Yefim Bronfman, Jonathan Biss, and Katherine Jacobson; Bronfman performs four-hand repertoire with Emanuel Ax; violinists Viktoria Mullova and Giuliano Carmignola offer duo works from Vivaldi to Prokofiev; and violinist Christian Tetzlaff gives a recital with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes. For the first time, Carnegie Hall’s Distinctive Debuts series features only artists chosen expressly by Carnegie Hall to make their New York recital debuts, including horn player Jennifer Montone (principal horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra), violinist Veronika Eberle, and pianist Llŷr Williams. Other recitals are given by cellist Alisa Weilerstein; guitarist John Williams; and pianists Piotr Anderszewski, Jonathan Biss, Jeremy Denk, Richard Goode, Stephen Hough, Evgeny Kissin, Yundi Li, Maurizio Pollini, Mitsuko Uchida, and Krystian Zimerman.

World Music, Jazz, and Pop

In addition to concerts associated with Zakir Hussain’s Perspectives series and the Hungarian music celebration, Carnegie Hall presents a wide array of artists performing music from around the world during the 2008–2009 season. Highlights in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage include concerts by Afro-Peruvian singer Eva Ayllón and Spanish flamenco singer Estrella Morente, as well as a special Klezmer All-Star Bash featuring David Krakauer’s Klezmer Madness!, The Klezmatics, Brave Old World, Mikveh, and other guest artists to be announced. A new series, Women of Note, in Zankel Hall, features Cape Verdean singer Lura, Afropop superstar Angelique Kidjo, and Mexican chanteuse Lila Downs. Carnegie Hall also continues its World Views series in partnership with the World Music Institute, with artists including Iranian kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor, Corsican folk vocal music group I Muvrini, and Argentine chamamé musician and accordionist Chango Spasiuk.

Carnegie Hall continues its Shape of Jazz series in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment with a trio of concerts from the Bill Charlap Trio, guitarist John Scofield, and vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater. Among pop music highlights of the new season, mandolin player Chris Thile performs with bassist Edgar Meyer and violinist Mark O’Connor; The New York Pops performs a wide variety of music in five programs; and the City Folk® Live at Zankel series, curated by WFUV Music Director Rita Houston and Carnegie Hall, returns for a fourth season (artists are to be announced) celebrating the art of singer-songwriters and the eclectic nature of modern folk music.

Carnegie Hall Partnerships

The following organizations are artistic partners during the 2008–2009 season: Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC, Apollo Theater, The Bard College Conservatory of Music, The Festival Network, Flamenco Festival, Hungarian Culture Center New York, The Jewish Museum, The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Lucerne Festival, The Marilyn Horne Foundation, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Center, New York City Department of Education, New York Philharmonic, The Paley Center for Media, WFUV, and the World Music Institute.

Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

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Neues Studiogebäude stärkt Medienausbildung in Hamburg

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 7, 2008

Stand: 07.02.2008

Bürgermeister und Wissenschaftssenator besuchen Mediencampus Finkenau

Major Ole von Beust - 5th February 2008 - Media Campus Finkenau (Hamburg)Hamburgs Erster Bürgermeister Ole von Beust hat eine moderne Medienausbildung als zentrales Element eines erfolgreichen Medienstandorts bezeichnet. Der Senatschef sprach am Mittwoch auf dem Richtfest des Ausbildungstudios auf dem Kunst- und Mediencampus Finkenau, das er gemeinsam mit Wissenschaftssenator Jörg Dräger, Ph. D., besuchte.

“Hier im Studio soll die Interdisziplinarität gelehrt und gelebt werden, die in der Medienwelt alltäglich ist; hier lernen zukünftige Techniker, Medienmanager und Kreative gemeinsam”, sagte Ole von Beust. Die in der Vergangenheit auf verschiedene Institutionen und Orte verteilte Medienausbildung sei nun unter einem Dach. “Das ist eine tolle Entwicklung und schafft die Voraussetzungen für weitere Erfolge Hamburger Medienmacher”, sage von Beust.

Durch den Bau der Studios mit Flächen zwischen 80 und 175 Quadratmeter wird jetzt die für die Film- und Medienausbildung notwendige Infrastruktur auf dem Mediencampus geschaffen. Die räumlichen Anforderungen der Ausbildung in Film, Ton, Kamera und Licht sollen in dem Neubau erfüllt werden. Das Ausbildungstudio, das rund sechs Millionen Euro gekostet hat, ist Teil der Investitionen in den Kunst- und Mediencampus von insgesamt 33 Millionen Euro.

New Studio Building - Media Campus Finkenau (Hamburg)Im Zuge eines kompletten Umbaus soll die ehemalige Frauenklinik Finkenau als Einrichtung für Film-, Journalismus- und Medienwissenschaften genutzt werden. Auf dem Gelände haben sich die Hamburg Media School, die Hochschule für bildende Künste, das Multimediakontor Hamburg, die Miami Ad School sowie die Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften in der Finkenau angesiedelt. Die räumliche Nähe der verschiedenen Fachbereiche ermöglicht Studenten und Dozenten ein interdisziplinäres Miteinander und schafft Synergieeffekte. Mit TIDE, dem campuseigenen TV- und Radiosender, hat der Mediencampus im Jahre 2004 ein weiteres Highlight hinzubekommen.

Die städtische Sprinkenhof AG saniert historischen Gebäude der ehemaligen Frauenklinik Finkenau im Stadtteil Uhlenhorst und setzt im Auftrag der Behörde für Wissenschaft und Forschung auch den Studioneubau um. Baubeginn hierfür war im Mai 2007.

(Text und Fotos: Christian Colmer)

Quelle: 07.02.2008 – Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg ( | Nachrichten

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Media training in Hamburg – Media Campus Finkenau receives a new studio building

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 7, 2008

[IMC-02/07/2008] – With the progressing completion of the Media Campus Finkenau Hamburg’s media eduction & training programme are ever more strongly united at one place. On the Finkenau different private and state institutions are concentrated. They receive a new studio building shortly and an infrastructure necessary for the film and media training is created. With TIDE, a TV and radio station the campus area got a highlight already in the year 2004.

The extension of the campus with a new studio building was disposed of on 24th May 2005 by the Hamburg senate and is a component of the restructuring of Hamburg’s media education. The commencement of the building construction was in May 2007. The topping-out ceremony was celebrated with the visit of Hamburg’s first mayor Ole von Beust, attended by science senator Jörg Dräger, pH. D. on 5 February 2008.

Five TV studios with surface areas between 80 and 175 square meter and three radio studios are intended beside the administration rooms of TIDE TV/ TIDE Radio 96.0.

The spatial requirements of the training in film, sounds, camera and light will be fulfilled in the new building. From autumn 2008 all students of medias can start producing in these new facilities under one roof – in technically well equipped (digital) studios.

TIDE TV - TIDE Radio 96.0 TIDE TV - TIDE 96.0 (Logo) Tide 96.0 - Studio 1 (LiveStudio)

Studio Building - Media Campus Finkenau (North West side) Hamburg Media School (Entry - Logo) Media Campus Finkenau...

Major of Free & Hanseatic City Hamburg Ole v. Beust (speech at topping-out ceremony, 5th Febr 2008) Media Campus Finkenau (Hamburg)... areal view (architecture model) - South

Users of the studios with a total area of 630 square meter will be the participating institutions of the Media Campus Finkenau: Hamburg Media School with the film course of studies, TIDE TV and Radio (incl. TIDE Academy), the faculty “design, media & information” of the University for Applied Sciences, the film training of the University for Visual Arts and the Multimedia branch office Hamburg.

August 2008: ElJay Arem visits the new Media House with Radha Sarma - representative of the DIG - Deutsch Indische Gesellschaft e.V. (German Indian Society)

All conceivable developments of the media education programme are met on the campus and can be toothed: from media management over illustration, media design, journalism, film up to advertisement and media techniques. The proximity of the different studies to each other and the common use of resources work synergetic for an innovative, interdisciplinary media training and new co-operate possibilities.

The architectural design of the two-story studio building will stand out clearly against the complex buildings of clinkers of the former gynaecological clinic (after architecture plans of Patrik Schumacher). In the course of a complete modification the former gynaecological clinic Finkenau from the 20’s (20th century) is used as an arrangement for film, journalism and media sciences. The capital costs for the studios amount to approximately 5.9 millions EUR – in the context of a total investment of 33 millions EUR.

On the Finkenau till end of 2008 a place will be created, which appeals the medias and creatives.

The new Media House… (photos: April / 2009)







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Medienausbildung in Hamburg: Mediencampus Finkenau erhält einen Studio-Neubau

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on February 7, 2008

[IMC-07.02.08] – Mit der voranschreitenden Fertigstellung des Mediencampus Finkenau wird die Hamburger Medienausbildung immer stärker an einem Ort zusammengeführt. Private und staatliche Einrichtungen werden hier konzentriert. Der Mediencampus Finkenau erhält nun in Kürze ein neues Studiogebäude. Mit dem Bau der Studios wird eine für die Film- und Medienausbildung notwendige Infrastruktur geschaffen. Mit TIDE, dem campuseigenen TV- und Radiosender, hat der Mediencampus bereits im Jahre 2004 ein Highlight hinzubekommen.

Die Erweiterung um ein neues Studiogebäude wurde am 24.05.2005 vom Hamburger Senat beschlossen und ist ein Baustein der Neustrukturierung der Hamburger Medienausbildung. Baubeginn war im Mai 2007. Richtfest wurde am 5. Februar 2008 mit dem Besuch von Hamburgs Ersten Bürgermeister Ole von Beust, gemeinsam mit Wissenschaftssenator Jörg Dräger, Ph. D. gefeiert.

Fünf TV-Studios mit Flächen zwischen 80 und 175 qm und drei Radio-Studios sind neben den Verwaltungsräumen von TIDE TV / TIDE Radio 96.0 vorgesehen.

Die räumlichen Anforderungen der Ausbildung in Film, Ton, Kamera und Licht werden in dem Neubau erfüllt werden. Alle Studierenden der Medienfächer können ab Herbst 2008 unter einem Dach in technisch gut ausgestatteten (Digital-)Studios produzieren.

TIDE TV - TIDE Radio 96.0 TIDE TV - TIDE 96.0 (Logo) Tide 96.0 - Studio 1 (LiveStudio)

Studio Building - Media Campus Finkenau (North West side) Hamburg Media School (Entry - Logo) Media Campus Finkenau...

Major of Free & Hanseatic City Hamburg Ole v. Beust (speech at topping-out ceremony, 5th Febr 2008) Media Campus Finkenau (Hamburg)... areal view (architecture model) - South

Nutzer der Studios mit einer Gesamtfläche von 630 qm werden die am Mediencampus Finkenau beteiligten Einrichtungen sein: die Hamburg Media School mit dem Filmstudiengang, TIDE TV und Radio (einschl. TIDE Akademie), die Fakultät Design, Medien und Information der Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften, die Filmausbildung der Hochschule für bildende Künste und das Multimediakontor Hamburg (MMKH).

Radha Sarma (Vertreterin der DIG - Deutsch-Indischen Gesellschaft eV) besichtigt mit ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) das neue Studiogebäude (Rohbau)

August 2008: Radha Sarma, Vertreterin der DIG (Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft eV) besichtigt mit ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) das neue Studiogebäude.

Alle denkbaren Ausprägungen der Medienausbildung sind auf dem Campus versammelt und können miteinander verzahnt werden, angefangen von Medienmanagement über Illustration, Mediendesign, Journalismus, Film bis hin zu Werbung und Medientechnik. Die Nähe der verschiedenen Studienangebote zueinander und die gemeinsame Nutzung von Ressourcen wirken synergetisch für eine innovative, interdisziplinäre Medienausbildung und neue Kooperationsmöglichkeiten.

Das architektonische Erscheinungsbild des zweischössigen Studiogebäudes wird sich von dem Klinkerbau der ehemalige Frauenklinik (nach Plänen von Patrik Schumacher) deutlich abheben. Im Zuge eines kompletten Umbaus wird die ehemalige Frauenklinik Finkenau aus den 20er Jahren als Einrichtung für Film-, Journalismus- u. Medienwissenschaften genutzt. Die Investitionskosten für die Studios betragen rund 5,9 Mio. EUR – im Rahmen einer Gesamtinvestition von 33 Mio. EUR.

Auf der Finkenau wird bis Ende 2008 ein Ort geschaffen, der die Medien und Medienschaffenden anspricht.

Das neue Medienhaus kurz vor der Fertigstellung… (04/2009)







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