tv Arts.21 Deutsche Welle December 29, 2019 2:30pm-3:01pm CET
hard. sell on our wonderful just out of this world it's like we've known each of the forever and it's amazing how both those different goals of coming together and working as one just 6 just 6 have an incredibly velvety very refined sound to have high and long hats. and. then. said to. johannesburg south africa's largest city. the metropolis is full of contrasts. it's a center of crime and wealth. for neighborhoods known as the townships right next door to office towers 4 and a half 1000000 people live here. ok
today johannesburg is playing host to a special encounter. to a capella in some ways from 2 different continents have come together c.l.o. from life 6 germany and just 6 from johannesburg south africa. for a week these 6 women and 6 men will join forces to create a common repertoire. hoped or. each group brings its own musical tradition with it as well as curiosity about the others missing or strum have a broad musical education just 6 learn by ear without sheet music they rely on their musicality and intuition will c.l.'s classical repertoire fit with the
african beats of just 6 that's all beautiful because. it just comes on top of what we're doing. with the rhythm what we do with. it is that when you joined us make this very basic are those who don't proofread. what. is it that. the workshop is being led by marcus ditter vic from germany an expert on south african vocal music he's here to help bring the groups together we know as a consumer student couples which i think in principle they could also do it alone i think my role is just to organize things a bit but there are 3 or 4 really strong players who are contributing ideas and they're brimming with the order to start i've just given them free rein and lots of
space and also talking about you know. the name c.l.a is derived from the swedish word for soul this is the ensembles 1st trip to south africa. and i do think. that women from leipsic visit constitution hill one of the country's most important historical sites once a fort it was later used as a prison. today it's the seat of south africa's constitutional court. the day after they 1st meet the group's give their 1st concert at a music school in so what. each group introduces itself by singing a piece from its own repertoire it's. 'd
you think can you believe that we just did that. the 1st time. i. see. and i have truly arrived there finding the african audiences enthusiasm infectious unsellable singing has a long tradition here and is part of everyday life. the next day of rehearsals belongs to separate so to see he's been commissioned by george avila to compose a work that will be rehearsed here for the very 1st time. it's untitled birth of change. are asked. for.
the vocalists will later be supported by a full symphony orchestra oh whoa. word. here they're getting acquainted with a new work which was created on a computer and has never been performed before. you can see. 2 and 3. at some point things just click into place the jazz musician and composer to poke and the vocalists bring the piece to life was. i know there. was the.
was so there really was with this though i suppose for me to just think since there would be so much action. it just needs to be this michael is going to have to. have that right to ask the and my 1st impression was that it reminded me of many things film music pop music but it also had very rhythmic elements which. a little jazzy to jazz and i think it's amazing the rhythms that will go on there you know the 2 different sections that with the i think we're going to have a good turn into a sand is really interesting that these 2 or 3 voices are going to fuse together with the orchestra. and that's something new for us to sing with a full orchestra ones to reclassify and gunson are quaestors ing is a very nice piece to pose pieces are usually very exciting and rhythmic so i'm enjoying the glover does this music and the opportunity to sing together have
really been dead ends. so immense as i'm sure it doesn't feel like we've only known about another for 3 day aside haggis and the stingers received it. in an instant instinctively they immediately which which is what i hoped they would do certain we're going to have a good turn i think it's going to look really organically nothing true intellectual about it the military is easy and this thing beautifully so i think you can embody this piece produced. that afternoon c.l.o. pay a visit to the parted museum is south africa's most popular museum and helps visitors understand the effect of the country's past racial segregation. this car was presented to nelson mandela as a gift after his release from prison. the activist who went on to become south
africa's 1st black president is still ever present here as is his fight against the apartheid regime with all of its horrors. one of the most impressive exhibits is the replica of the tiny jail cell where mandela was held in isolation for years. music was also part of the resistance against departed singing together gave protesters a voice i haven't asked for to see no it just. put it to show i get the feeling that people here express their political opinions through music. and have it as it is 5 and that people here process a lot of their fear. and negative emotions light and mass suffering and pain through music zick. stomach it's simply giving voice to what they're feeling at that moment about what's them and yet making something positive out of their
pain. this weekend i think that's really one of africa's strengths from africa and just and i had already suspected that singing has a completely different meaning here than it does for us in germany and the concept that it brought people together during the apartheid era and gave them strength and was maybe even used to make political statements political statements sic even the music everything and. right now i'm very angry hesitant because i've just seen or been shown how so many personal fates were affected by a party not my idea that if the apartheid could take how many is in the but i'm also thinking about germany. and how there are still racists all over the world and a justice who gives in. so. the good of their. means freedom to the women from leipsic are getting
a lesson in soon one of south africa's official languages. there. was. no c.l.r. and just 6 make good use of the break before their next for herself. she should. stand by. what i see you. and i can. head shunting it was good to get ahead. and that in the end it was. wrong. because. it. was the. cause.
well. i. though it's winter in south africa it feels like summer. half. the singers have come to this university campus outside johannesburg to rehearse the new composition together with the orchestra. germany's national youth orchestra is taking advantage of its summer tour through south africa to rehearse birth of change with seppo to see for the 1st time. you. all. want to move.
to. the composer once his music to entertain people 1st and foremost but with this piece he also hopes to create a tribute to society's unsung heroes the cleaning ladies the janitors and the bakers . birth of changes to have its world premiere at the beethoven fest in september in the german city of bonn 6. the vocalists are struggling to make themselves heard over the powerful sound of the orchestra. after they were still there invited to a broadway the south african name for a barbecue. it's
a colony or a tradition that brings people in cultures together. if. various. c.l.a and just 6 have a lot to talk about music their everyday lives and composition. not happen in the sort of all is described by music as new school is typically new school it's new haven for something different. look with the same instruments with the same kinds of musicians but it's just the perspective that that has changed i mean i'm a very young guy i'm 28 years old now and i believe that if anything since i have the kids of composing i should be reflecting on the times of today and it's our duty as composed as i had to to to really put say a covenant and feel of what we experience as young people.
4 weeks later the singers have come to bonn germany's former capital for the annual beethoven fest. it celebrates the city's famous son the composer and pianist live it from beethoven. how would you like to live near i mean it's so peaceful it's nice i like it so much . that. i guess the 1st thing they do after getting up to sing. i've never seen them warm up or prepare they just ready to go. we find that really inspiring it gives us the confidence to really go for it it's. like the state of man also
that i like to think of it as. the roses among the thorns because we. and we have no registers but hearing the sweet voice and top. teeth their voice is a so deep and velvety but they can sing high tune. they're very colorful and have an incredible versatility and it gets back to they're able to sing classical material but also jazz and soul jessica she saw. how that comes together is really nice and they can also a very flexible they can do some jazz and all those things so it really mixes very well with what we're doing it's been quite a fun process. there were so many great moments when we tried out new things we worked on material we didn't cover in south africa.
well. i. was. told the truth. i. wasn't finn does he does not i think they complement each other extremely well you know sides there's a powerful african rhythms and he's powerful african voices and system and when we have this crystal clear highly precise sound of c.l.o. horn taking this mix is really fascinating when because it brings together
different worlds united in sound and even proceed leviton for trade with you finances. only a few hours are left until the big concert time for a final rehearsal. the singers have spent 5 days practicing the material including birth of change the work commissioned by d.w. . the conductor is brandon phillips a south african who will moving forward oh my. liege. i. see i. feel. that. i.
a huge success. and the composer couldn't be happier. i played for us so that they would do the fighting but it would have been so it's a sheet of the on and i just feel like a bit of the week that's exactly what we had to do with. the studio. yeah. about that we were all nervous and wanted to unleash our artistic energy when we were tense before the big day but now we're happy because everything worked out so well. this is a big mistake i'm going to tell you kept a lot of different things going on opus to just see us say yeah you know it was a good we hope the audience enjoyed it but yeah yeah they did they could have been done to the day though you know we had us on of this it was so moving. and this
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