The Gabbeh is a variety of Persian carpet, traditionally knotted by nomadic women. Its abstract, geometric patterns and strong, large-scale colors do not follow any particular specification. They develop very individually from the moods and feelings of their creators.
Ensemble Gabbeh lives in Vienna and draws inspiration from the same concept: It picks up threads and brings them together. Its musical textures and designs evolve from the open space of improvisation and are rooted in the vital diversity of traditional Iranian music. A polyphonic fabric of remembered fragments of Persian children's songs, travel narratives and lifelines and their reverberations in the Viennese diaspora.
As part of Outernational, the trio »Gabbeh« meets electronic artist and composer Rojin Sharafi, who also lives in Vienna, and whose set explores the museum's collection of instruments. A lecture by theorist Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan will open the evening.
Outernational is supported by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. A project of MARKK in Motion, the initiative for ethnological collections of the German Federal Cultural Foundation.
Golnar Shahyar, voice
Mona Matbou Riahi, clarinet
Manu Mayr, double bass
Rojin Sharafi, live electronics
Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan, lecture
Elisa Erkelenz, curation