Europe meets Myanmar, an ensemble featuring musicians from Myanmar and Germany, presented its latest project Eye Contact in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office on Tuesday (23 September) under the direction of double-bassist Tim Isfort. Together with Malte Jehmlich and U Soe Thaw Dar, two cartoonists from Germany and Myanmar, Europe meets Myanmar offered an artistic insight into the two very different countries from each other’s perspective.
A world premiere: live drawing with live music
While the fusion music was being performed, the cartoonists told stories from Germany and Myanmar’s past and present through live drawings and collages. The musicians from the two countries had already performed together several times, but the performance in the Atrium of the Federal Foreign Office was the first time that the music was accompanied by storytelling through drawings.
The large audience was delighted by the successful fusion of the genres and the insights they received into a culture that was possibly unfamiliar to most of those in attendance. Eye Contact is one of the artistic highlights of the ongoing exhibition “Culture, science, academia: keys to the future – 60 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Myanmar” at the Federal Foreign Office.
Shortly after their tour of Germany, the artists will be travelling to Myanmar. The group is to give performances in Yangon and other cities in the country with the support of the Goethe-Institut.