After their acclaimed performance at the Türk Müzik Festivali 2016, the internationally renowned Turkish music group Kardeş Türküler returns to Behrenstraße with a unique concert project created especially for the Komische Oper Berlin: Verses by the great Turkish poet Nâzım Hikmet and poems by Bertolt Brecht combine with traditional (folk) songs and newly composed music to create a breathless 90-minute ride through touching, terrifying and thought-provoking »human landscapes«.
The famous Turkish poet and playwright Nâzım Hikmet (1902-1963) and his German colleague Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) are linked not only by the communist convictions they shared, but also by the implications these convictions had for both their lives: Both artists spent many years on the run or in exile. Nâzım Hikmet spent even more than a decade in prison. The two men, who never met, were brothers in spirit artistically as well: In their plays and poems, they focus on »the ones below«, on the lives, loves and sufferings of the »common people«. Nâzım Hikmet succeeded in doing this in a particularly impressive way in his four-volume poetry cycle Human Landscapes / İnsan Manzaraları, written in prison from 1939 to 1947, which forms the basis for Kardeş Türküler's new concert.
Since the group was founded in 1993, the name Kardeş Türküler (engl. Songs of Brotherhood) says it all: The musicians are committed to fraternal coexistence in Turkey, a land characterised by diverse peoples and their cultures. Their repertoire includes Turkish, Kurdish, Azerbaijani and Armenian songs, as well as music of the Roma and the Alevis, and songs and dances from Georgia, Macedonia and Circassia. In Üçüncü mevki ... / In the third-class carriage ... they combine parts of their programme with new sounds and the German and Turkish texts of Hikmet, Brecht and other poets to form a novel integrity that, as always with Kardeş Türküler, focuses on one thing above all: people.