INCENSE OF MUSIC 47/ Joolaee, Maximov

A multisensorial concert – Saturday, 8th February 2020, 8 p.m.

Misagh Joolaee, kamancheh . Viktor Maximov,  guitar .  – Fabio Dondero and Dominik Breider (Incense burning): n.a.

PANDA Theater in der Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstr. 97, 10435 Berli

We look forward to the second event of the year, a double concert by two virtuosos on very different instruments: Misagh Joolaee, Kamancheh and Viktor Maximov, guitar. A contrasting evening, harmonious in composition. We will burn some surprising incense.


Misagh Joolaee; Biographical Notes

Born in Mashhad in 1983 in the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran, Misagh Joolaee started playing the violin at the age of eight. Within 5 years he completed learning the Persian classic repertoire “Radif”. At 13, he won the Fadjr music competition in Iran. Furthermore, he learned from various Iranian masters Setar, Tar and particularly intensely Kamancheh. This was followed by training on the piano and violin in European classical music.

His musical career is characterized by great versatility in working with musicians of different styles. In 2009 he founded the “AAVAAN” ensemble with which he performed his own compositions and won the “Creole – Global Music” competition in Germany in 2010. He also founded the Flamenco-Persian ensemble “Chachipen” in 2015 with important Spanish musicians from Andalusia.

In 2011 he founded the Anatolian-Persian duo with the Turkish Baglama master Levent Özdemir. The two virtuosos from two related cultures share the common concern of discovering the points of contact between the two origins and expressing them musically, predominantly in the form of original compositions.

Solo work is also a focus of his musical activities. For example, he performed in 2014 as a Kamancheh soloist in the performance of Awet Terterjan’s 5th Symphony with the Braunschweig State Orchestra in the Braunschweig City Hall.

Misagh Joolaee worked as a lecturer at the World Music Faculty of the University of Hildesheim from 2011 to 2014. In addition to his music career, he completed his master’s degree in electrical engineering at Leibniz Universität Hannover in 2015.


Viktor Maximov was born in the Northern Urals, almost on the Arctic Circle. He studied concert guitar in St. Petersburg and gave his first solo concerts, which were followed by tours through all the republics of the former Soviet Union. He has won many international competitions and festivals for classical guitar and gave many  i.e. concerts in the Vitebsk and St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He continued to study at the University of the Arts in Berlin and received his diploma in classical guitar in 2002. In 1993, Viktor gave the benefit solo concert “Magic Sound of the Guitar” in the wonderful Yussupov Palace. This magical sound – by no means always in the sense of classically beautiful, pleasing – still defines his compositional, interpretative, improvisational work. Musicians such as Paco de Lucia, Swjatoslav Richter, JS Bach, Carlo Domeniconi give him inspiration. Pepe Romero called Viktor Maximov’s tone a “… outstanding, incomparable …” It is the constant degree hike, the Viktor Maximov’s guitar is avant-garde … And in its incomparable tone the soul resonates.


Incense of Music 49/ Trio, Quartet

A multisensorial concert – Friday, 10th April 2020, 8 p.m.

Elena Kakaliagou, french horn and voice . Caroline Tallone, hurdy gurdy . Utku Tavil, drums

Evi Filippou, vibraphone . Arne Braun, guitar . Sofia Eftychidou, double bass . Daniel Schroeteler, drums – Fabio Dondero and Dominik Breider (Incense burning): n.a.

PANDA Theater in der Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstr. 97, 10435 Berlin

Incense of Music 46/ Faber, Sawada, Strasfogel, Notte – Rajab

A multisensorial concert – Friday, 24th January 2020, 8 p.m.

First set:

Maja Ratkje (1973):  „to F” (for cello solo, 2011); Synne Skouen (1950):  “… a travers les paroles (for violin solo”, 2007); Cecilie Ore: “Lex temporis” (for string quartet, 1992); Jane Birkin (1948): „Lost Song“, after Peer Gynt Suite nr. 2, op. 55 in an arrangement by Serge Gainsbourg and Grégoire Simon

Anna Faber, violin; Mari Sawada, violin; Daniella Strasfogel, viola; Sophie Notte, cello

Second set:

Ziad Rajab, oud and voice

Fabio Dondero and Dominik Breider (Incense burning): cypress/ orange and frankincense/ myrtle

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Incense of Music 44 – Voutchkova, Zerang

A multisensorial concert- Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 8 p.m.

Biliana Voutchkova, violin . Michael Zerang percussions  – Fabio Dondero and Dominik Breider (Incense burning): n.a.

After their first performance in Chicago in 2016 the duo has played at a number of occasions and recorded their first album which will be released in 2020. Using reduced vocabulary in a highly unusual and original manner the duo creates an intimate world of symbiotic sound.

Studio Rainer Spehl, Brunnenstrasse 152, 2. Hinterhof
10115 Berlin, Germany

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Incense of Music 43 – SUGAR and friends

A multisensorial concert- Thursday, 28th November 2019, 8 p.m.

SUGAR and friends: Opoponax – Grégoire Simon, viola and electronics, Ole Brolin, electronics, Isabelle Klemt, cello, Davide Eggert, cello  – Fabio Dondero and Dominik Breider (Incense burning): Lemon and Opoponax

First part: Grégoire Simon: viola and electronics solo. Second Part: SUGAR and friends, Isabelle Klemt, David Eggert, Ole Brolin, Grégoire Simon

PANDA Theater in der Kulturbrauerei, Knaackstr. 97, 10435 Berlin

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Incense of Music 42 – SUGAR play Slow

A multisensorial concert- Thursday, 7th November 2019, 8 p.m.

SUGAR play Slow, feat. Yannick Rafalimanana. Grégoire Simon: violin and Synthesizer, Yannick Rafalimanana: piano, Ole Brolin: sound design und electronics. Works by SUGAR, Bartok, Feldman, Webern, Ligeti, Schubert, Messiaen and Debussy – Fabio Dondero and Dominik Breider (Incense burning): Petitgrain and Oud

Part 1: Music for violin / viola and piano

G. Ligeti: Hora Lunga for viola solo; B. Bartók: Sonata for violin and piano n.2 Molto Moderato; F. Schubert : Fantasie for violin and piano ( excerpts ); J. S. Bach: Sonata for viola da gamba and piano in G Major; I. Stravinsky: Élegie for viola solo; A. Webern: Pieces for violin and piano; M. Feldmann: Viola in my life for viola and piano

Part 2: Music for piano and synthesizer

O. Messiaen: Regard de la vierge for piano; C. Debussy: Des pas sur la neige; O. Messiaen: Le Banquet Céleste; C. Debussy: La Cathedrale engloutie; O. Messiaen: Louange à l´éternité de Jésus

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Incense of Music Festival at Pandatheater

Solos and Mixtures, Incense of Music 39-41

A multisensorial festival from 10th to 12th of October

We have the big pleasure to announce a very special music and incense festival happening from 10th to 12th October (Thursday to Saturday) at Pandatheater in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg. In three evenings we will experience twelve great artists from all around the world  playing mostly solo concerts of various nature and style.  We will listen to European  and Arabic classical, to jazz, experimental and free improvised music. Additionally we will burn incense mixtures specially conceived for the occasion. Each mixture will contain eight different fragrances.  A multisensorial challenge of highest ambition. For guests who are particularly sensitive to smoke, this event is not recommended.

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Meanwhile in Japan..

Nihon Shoki, a book of classical Japanese history, gives the first formal record of incense in Japan when a log of agarwood, a fragrant wood used in incense burning, drifted ashore on Awaji Island during the Asuka period in 595 CE, and was presented to Prince Shōtoku and the Empress Suiko. Shōtoku knew of incense burning from Buddhism, which had been introduced into Japan around 538 CE from China through Korea.

Photo: Ranjyatai, a historical kyara wood dating to the 10th century CE, kept at the Shōsōin treasury in Nara

(Deutsch) Dammar im PaNdA (Have a look above at: ‘Past concerts’)

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Vateria indica (Weißer Dammar), aus: William Roxburgh (1751-1815) u. Joseph Banks (1743-1820), Plants of the coast of Coromandel vol. 3 plate 288

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