05. July 2023

Musikzimmer: Meyjana Trio

Musikzimmer: Meyjana Trio

In 2022, three musicians from the Bridges Chamber Orchestra founded the Meyjana Trio: The ensemble musicians Rabie Azar (viola), Salim Salari (tar) and Ramin Rahmi (percussion and vocals) take up their own musical traditions, combine them - also by improvising - into something new and thereby fuse sounds from Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Syria and the Balkans, among others, as well as elements of European classical music. The artistic expression covers a wide spectrum: from melancholic, moving and energetic to light-hearted, exuberant and joyful.

The discussion concert will be moderated by Alena van Wahnem, a trained ethnologist with a focus on artistic examination of Eurocentrism and decolonisation processes in West Africa, Latin America and Europe. She conceives experimental-artistic exhibition and concert formats. She participated in the Bridges Orchestra as a violinist in 2019 and 2021.




With the "Musikzimmer" series, KfW Stiftung creates a new stage for music and transcultural encounters. Attending the concerts in the historic ambience of Villa 102 offers the audience not only an insight into the wealth of musical culture, but also the opportunity for personal exchange about the diversity of composition, design and instruments from around the world. Perismon is an ensemble of the transcultural music initiative Bridges - Music Connects. 



Bridges - Chamber Orchestra

The Meyjana Trio is one of twelve transcultural ensembles of the Bridges Chamber Orchestra. The musicians of the chamber orchestra are active in ensemble and educational formats, which are characterized by the interplay of instruments from various regions of the European, Asian and American continents, incorporating the musical cultural backgrounds of the participants. Concert activities range from refugee shelters to the Alte Oper Frankfurt to the German government, and from concert series in venues and museums in Frankfurt to international festivals in Italy and Uzbekistan. 

"Bridges" has gone through KfW Stiftung's "ANKOMMER.Perspektive Deutschland" programme and won KfW Stiftung's Special Impact Prize. The Bridges Chamber Orchestra was appointed Orchestra in Residence of the Kronberg Academy in September 2022 and was shortlisted for the Innovation 2022 Prize of the German Orchestra Foundation. It is one of the laureates of the Hessian Integration Prize 2022 and received the German Record Critics' Award 2/2021 (category Grenzgänge) for its debut album "Identigration", released in 2021 in co-production with the Hessischer Rundfunk (Hessian Radio Broadcasting). In 2019, the Bridges Chamber Orchestra was awarded The Power of the Arts 2019 as a nationwide lighthouse project for lived diversity and integration at eye level.

More information about Bridges can be found here.




01. Meyjana Trio, Fotograf: Salar Baygan


Date: Wed, 05. Jul 2023, 18:00 Uhr

Location: Villa 102 Bockenheimer Landstraße 102, 60323 Frankfurt am Main

Moderation: Alena van Wahnem

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