(Deutsch) Incense of Music 56/ Filippou, Lucaciu

Incense of Music Nr. 54

A multisensorial concert- Friday, 7th September 2024, 8 p.m.

Evi Filippou: vibraphone; Robert Lucaciu: double bass – Fabio Dondero (Incense burning): frankincense from Somalia and Oman

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

We are thrilled to announce a unique and immersive concert experience featuring the exceptional talents of Evi Filippou on vibraphone and Robert Lucaciu on double bass. This special event will be enhanced by the evocative fragrances of frankincense from Somalia and Oman, creating an exquisite multisensory journey. This event is not recommended for people who are sensitive to smoke.

Photo: Leon Maria Plecity

Incense appeals on the most neglected sense of modern times, the olfactory. It effects the human spirit, influences it’s perception, opens new experiences. These qualities suggest to combine this ancient art, present in any culture, with music in a synesthetic project between listening and smelling, enhancing the experience. 54 concerts, 91 musicians, 13 locations, wood, resin, barks, roots, leaves and flowers from 65 different plants. Until now. Smelling and hearing by their very nature adjust the concrete place of receptive aesthetics into the sensual center of the scene, the human being.

Frankincense, also known as olibanum, is an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia. This ancient substance has been highly valued for its use in incense, perfumes, and traditional medicine. The resin is harvested by making small incisions in the tree bark, allowing the sap to ooze out and harden into beads of frankincense. Known for its rich, earthy aroma with hints of citrus and spice, frankincense has been used in religious and cultural ceremonies for thousands of years. It is believed to possess various therapeutic properties, such as reducing stress, promoting relaxation, and enhancing meditation practices. High-quality frankincense is primarily sourced from regions like Somalia and Oman, where the unique climate and soil conditions contribute to its distinctive fragrance and beneficial qualities.

The dynamic collaboration between the Greek vibraphonist and the German-Romanian double bass player has birthed an artistic partnership that defies the constraints of rigid genre categorizations. Their musical journey is an exploration that draws sustenance from a myriad of sources, ranging from the intricate compositions of 20th and 21st-century classical music to the spirited rhythms of jazz and the evocative tales woven within folklore traditions. This union of sonic exploration transcends the limits of predefined labels, for the essence of their work lies in the realm of boundless creativity.

Photo: Leon Maria Plecity

The intertwining of their unique backgrounds results in an exquisite tapestry of sound, where the vibrancy of balkan heritage converges with the cosmopolitan influence of contemporary european musical landscapes. Like a delicate thread of free improvisation, their performances unfold in an unscripted dance that mirrors the flow of life itself. In this tapestry, notes cascade like rivulets of emotion, merging and diverging, encapsulating moments of sorrow, joy, and the indefinable spaces in between.

The duo's exploration resonates with a shared pursuit of personal expression. In a world colored by their diverse influences, they craft an auditory experience that is both timeless and contemporary—a testament to the way musical traditions and innovations intermingle at the rhythmic core of human experience.