Incense of Music Nr. 54

A multisensorial concert- Friday, 17th May 2024, 8 p.m.

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

Hayden Chisholm, a masterful saxophonist and composer, brings a unique blend of influences to his music, transcending traditional boundaries to create an immersive sonic experience. Drawing inspiration from jazz, classical, folk, and world music traditions, Chisholm’s compositions are marked by their depth, emotional resonance, and exquisite craftsmanship. As the protagonist of the 54th concert of the “Incense of Music” series, Chisholm and his quartet promise an evening of musical enchantment like no other. Picture yourself enveloped in a tapestry of rich harmonies, intricate melodies, and soul-stirring rhythms, all woven together with Chisholm’s signature style and virtuosity. But the experience doesn’t stop there. Just as music has the power to transport us to different realms, so too does scent. Imagine the air infused with fragrances carefully chosen to complement the music, enhancing every note and chord with an extra layer of sensory delight. From the earthy warmth of myrrh to the sweet freshness of rosebay, each scent harmonizes with the music to create a truly multisensory experience. So come, let yourself be carried away on a journey of sound and scent, as Hayden Chisholm and his quartet lead you through an evening of great sounds and beautiful fragrances. It’s a concert you won’t want to miss, a celebration of music and sensory wonder that will leave you spellbound long after the final note has faded away. For guests who are particularly sensitive to smoke,this event is not recommended.

Hayden Chisholm Group
Hayden Chisholm, saxophone
Achim Kaufmann, piano
Petter Eldh, bass
Jonas Burgwinkel, drums

Scents: myrrh and rosebay


Myrrh is a resin derived from the Commiphora myrrha tree, native to regions of Africa and the Middle East. It has been used for thousands of years as incense, prized for its rich fragrance and various therapeutic properties. When burned as incense, myrrh releases a complex aroma that is both earthy and slightly sweet, with resinous undertones. The scent is often described as warm, spicy, and balsamic, with hints of wood and citrus. Myrrh incense has a long history of use in religious and spiritual ceremonies, as well as in traditional medicine and aromatherapy. In religious rituals, myrrh incense is often associated with purification, prayer, and meditation. It is believed to have a grounding and calming effect on the mind and spirit, helping to create a sacred atmosphere for worship and contemplation. Overall, myrrh incense offers a deep and complex fragrance that can evoke a sense of reverence, tranquility, and connection to the divine. Its rich history and therapeutic benefits make it a popular choice for use in various rituals and spiritual practices.

Rosebay, also known as rhododendron, is a flowering plant belonging to the genus Rhododendron. When burned as incense, rosebay emits a subtle yet enchanting fragrance that is floral, sweet, and slightly spicy. The aroma is reminiscent of fresh blossoms in a garden, with delicate undertones that evoke a sense of tranquility and beauty. In some cultural traditions, rosebay incense may be used for ceremonial purposes, such as in rituals celebrating the beauty of nature or invoking feelings of love and affection. Its aromatic properties may also be associated with purification and spiritual renewal, creating an atmosphere of purity and reverence. While rosebay may not be as commonly used as other types of incense, its unique fragrance and potential symbolic significance make it a captivating choice for those seeking to incorporate the beauty of nature into their spiritual practices.

Born in Auckland and raised in New Plymouth, Hayden Chisholm has risen to become one Europe’s most distinctive and innovative voices on the saxophone.His parents encouraged him to start with piano at the age of eight and clarinet two years later. His first saxophone experience came playing with the local school and Dixieland bands. At the age of seventeen he moved to Switzerland and soon after began his music studies in Germany. After studying in Cologne with a DAAD scholarship he continued his music studies in Japan in India. His compositions have been recorded by BBC and WDR radios and he has toured extensively worldwide as a soloist. He has created music for the installations of seminal artist Rebecca Horn as well as composing music for the acclaimed film “Moon Mirror Journey” . He is credited with developing a new microtonal language for saxophone in the mid 90′s. In 2011 he launched the Moontower Foundation Music edition.