North/South, a three-way cultural exchange between Ecuador, Germany, and the US, will allow the consort to further explore and promote the connections between North and Latin American music and the European avant-garde. The project, which is supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, is inspired primarily by the Freiburg-based Ecuadorian composer Mesias Maiguashca. Maiguashca grew up in an indigenous family from the Andes and went on, by way of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s studio, to have a distinctive composing and teaching career in Germany. His musical language attempts to bring the folklore and cosmology of indigenous Andean peoples into contact with the rigor and mediums of the avant-garde scene in Germany. His life, and more importantly his work, thus represent precisely the kind of cultural hybridity that has energized Fonema Consort since its foundation.
With the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Foundation, the Goethe Institut, Casa Humboldt, and FIMAC