Aber-Dîn by Zad Moultaka

Red Note Ensemble and Percussions Claviers de Lyon
  • World Premiere Performance

World Premiere of Aber-Dîn by celebrated Franco-Lebanese composer and visual artist Zad Moultaka written for and performed by the combined forces of Scotland's contemporary music ensemble, Red Note, and France's Percussions Claviers de Lyon. 

Aber-Dîn takes audiences on a delirious audio-visual journey inspired by Jules Verne’s novel Backwards to Britain. The work follows the fictional story of Lebanese composer, Jonathan Zadorno, and his friend Gilles Lavouret, an art and science lover passionate about Scotland who suggests they take a long journey to Aberdeen. 

Lavouret has just read an obscure scientific article on the history of population movements between the Middle East and the British Isles, which will finally prove that all the British come from Beirut.

After tough musical and scientific investigations, the two friends conclude nevertheless that several thousand years ago, the Scots emigrated to Lebanon, and not the other way around! 

The story is told through a dialogue between Red Note Ensemble and Percussions Claviers de Lyon and is accompanied by a film created by Zad Moultaka.

Co-commissioned by sound, Red Note Ensemble and Percussions Claviers de Lyon. Supported by Diaphonique, Franco-British fund for classical contemporary music.