«I've Never Considered Myself a Futurist»

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

The musician Ata Ebtekar, aka Sote, is helping to build an experimental music scene from Iran and Iranians abroad: contemporary music that engages with tropes of the past. On the occasion of his performance «Parallel Persia» at the music festival «Donaueschinger Musiktage», which is dedicated to adventurous music since its founding in 1921, Norient asked how much this music might tell about the future.

Author: Eric Mandel
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Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah

Dancing in the Church: Religion in Ghana

Norient Snap by Heinz Reber

«People in Ghana have gone overboard with religion, politics, and corruption», says FOKN Bois' Wanlov the Kubolor. A critical investigation of the relevance of religion and churches in Ghana.

Author: Martyn Pepperell
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Quote: Bishop Daniel Obinim
Design: Heinz Reber
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter, Peter Guyer
Remix: Daniel Jakob

Listening as Political Activism in Hong Kong

Norient Snap by So Wai Lam

Since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong’s art and music industries have been baptized by a political awakening. Creatives like Kacey Wong and Denise Ho rebel against the pro-Beijing establishment, and now a number of artists got elected into district councils (Chow 2019). Among them, Susi Law stands out with a passion for listening and sounds. She is not one for big speeches or loud campaigning. Instead, she is a city explorer, a curious stroller. In this commentary, I want to point out how her aural sensitivity could be beneficial to Hong Kong’s current political crisis.

Author: Andrin Uetz
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Design: So Wai Lam
Photo: Wong Chung Ho
Sound: Andrin Uetz

If Women Ruled The World in Ghana

Norient Snap by Heinz Reber

When Peter Guyer and Thomas Burkhalter were filming Contradict, they worked with female Ghanaian creatives to assemble a portrait of a generation tackling the post-colonial struggles, and how they see feminism after it gained an increasing global presence. They asked: what would they do differently if women ruled the world?

Author: Martyn Pepperell
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Quote: Akosua Adomako Ampofo
Design: Heinz Reber
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter, Peter Guyer
Remix: Daniel Jakob

10. Norient Film Festival 2021: Call for Films

NFF 2021: Call for Films (design: Annegreth Schärli, photo: Thomas Burkhalter)

The 10th edition of the Norient Film Festival NFF will take place in January 2021 in Switzerland. Please submit your films on FilmFreeway.

Author: Hannes Liechti
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Design: Annegreth Schärli
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter

Country Music in Africa

Norient Snap by Heinz Reber

Country Music has been long associated with a strong focus on its country of origin. When Peter Guyer and Thomas Burkhalter were filming their «Contradict» in Ghana, they discovered that it is very popular in West Africa. According to the Ghanaian Country musician Nii Adotey, its roots reach all the way back to Irish and Scottish settlers, and yes, also to Africa.

Author: Martyn Pepperell
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Quote: Martyn Pepperell
Design: Heinz Reber
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter, Peter Guyer
Remix: Daniel Jakob

Jodler-Impressionen 2011

Norient Snap by Ahmad Hammoud

Das Eidgenössische Jodlerfest in Interlaken zwischen poetischem Jodel und Bierseeligkeit. Norient hat es gefallen. Bilder und Töne der heurigen Ausgabe.

Author: Thomas Burkhalter, Simon Grab
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Quote: Norient
Design: Ahmad Hammoud
Photo: Thomas Burkhalter
Sound: Jodlerklub Huttwil
Remix: Kinda Hassan

Inner Station Soil

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

In this photo series we explore the Israeli underground scene around experimental sound artists such as Meira Asher or David Opp. Portrayed in their home environments the they show the artists in connection or disconnection from the region they live in.

Author: Laetitia Bouloud
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Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah

Tbilisi’s Underground

Norient Snap by Fahad Hossain

Georgia's capital Tbilisi has a vivid electronic music scene. Although more and more artists are involved, there are hardly any official live venues in the city. Read Jan Chudozilov's photo series about informal music spaces.

Author: Jan Chudožilov
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Quote: Jan Chudozilov
Design: Fahad Hossain
Photo: Jan Chudozilov
Sound: Ben Wheeler
Remix: Miss Auto

Dhrupad – der ewige Vers

Norient Snap by Ahmad Hammoud

Dhrupad ist der älteste Kunstgesangsstil Nordindiens, zugleich ist Dhrupad eine uralte Praxis der Gesangsmeditation. Die Mallik Family tourt derzeit mit diesem Gesangsstil durch Deutschland.

Author: Peter Pannke
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Quote: Peter Pannke
Design: Ahmad Hammoud
Sound: Kinda Hassan

Jodel, Alphorn und die Erfindung der Schweizer Volksmusik

Norient Snap by Ahmad Hammoud

In Interlaken findet vom 16. bis am 19. Juni das eidgenössische Jodlerfest statt. Ein Grund, einen kritischen Blick auf die Geschichte der Schweizer Volksmusik zu werfen.

Author: Michael Spahr, Thomas Burkhalter
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Quote: Dieter Ringli
Design: Ahmad Hammoud
Photo: M. Mongin
Sound: Mattmüller-Otter-Kohler-Schmid
Remix: Kinda Hassan