Zarb virtuoso Keyvan Chemirani meets electronic artist and composer Yannis Kyriakides in an improvisation session. The two met through the Outernational project “Isles & Rivers”, which explores the question of the eternal migration of music and develops a musical utopia. In their duo, the space opens up for an unheard-of improvisation – a virtuoso encounter between trance, analog and electronic sounds and Persian polyrhythms.

Outernational is a platform and concert series for post-migrant and transtraditional music. It is being developed by curator Elisa Erkelenz in close dialog with the participating artists. In addition to the concerts, listening sessions, a magazine and discourse spaces are also part of Outernational. Following the release of newly composed Ukrainian songs on the album “Songs of Wounding”, the album for “Isles & Rivers” is the second collaboration between Outernational and Pantopia Music.

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Keyvan Chemirani

Keyvan Chemirani, musician, plays a variety of percussion instruments and combines musical traditions from early classical and baroque to contemporary music and jazz.

He collaborates with artists such as Sylvain Luc and Didier Lockwood and plays in ensembles such as the Kudsi Erguner Ensemble, Ross Daly Ensemble and is a permanent member of the Trio Chemirani alongside his father and brother.

Yannis Kyriakides

Yannis Kyriakides, award-winning composer and sound artist, has a repertoire that includes numerous music theater, audiovisual installations and instrumental works.
In 2020, he received the Johan Wagenaar Prize for his complete works. He is the founder of the record label “Unsounds”, a member of the ensemble Maze and teaches composition at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.