Keep quiet and dance (2018)

for voice, clarinet, violin, cello and electronics

premiere: Cairo Contemporary Music Days | 29.04.2018

performer: Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble |
clarinet: Sherif el Razzaz
violin: Hossam Shehata
cello: Mathis Mayr
guest: Kamilya Jubran (voice)

duration: 7 min

technical setup: all instruments are amplified, voice with effect device, tape


Keep quiet and dance was written for the European-Egyptian Contemporary Music Ensemble and the singer Kamilya Jubran.
The piece follows the idea of a song developing it’s own rules by denying and incorporating different kinds of material and building it’s own musical consistency. The title is a quotation of  the last words of Electra when she died. She’s a kind of opposite figure to Nawal Saadawi, who’s voice appears as a second layer in the piece. These two female figures are representing the powerful force of reaching a state of impersonality by following the idea of a rebellion. But the forces behind are very different: Electras enormous uncontrolled force, leaded by feelings of hate and revenge and Saadawis calm and resistant moves towards a better society are two very present polarities determining social  and political developments.