En Sang for København / A Song for Copenhagen
Music and documentary project
20 musicians living in Copenhagen, but originating from 12 different countries, meet eachother for the first time and have to write and perform 6 songs about Copenhagen.
To proof that multiculturalism ought to be a positive term, these musicians joined forces against a time of normalization, assimiliation and strict politics in the city.
Copenhagen is a city in transformation and beneath a surface of normalization, cultural streaming and standardization, a multiculturalism of differences flourishes. A Song for Copenhagen portrays a group of musicians and their participation in a music project that seeks to create a better understanding of intercultural cooperation and the challenges that follows. The musicians interpret and express their relationship to the city, cultural boundaries vanish and the door to a new Copenhagen opens.
Laura Kieler - project lead
The musicians had three days to present, work on and rehearse each song before it were to be performed at a concert at the Cultural Community Center, Islands Brygge in Copenhagen.
The only premise set for the songwriting was that it should be about the city of Copenhagen.
Most of the musicians had never work together before and none of them were prepered before the first rehearsal.
Project idea: Laura Kieler & Jonas Jessen
Production: Laura Kieler, Jonas Jessen, Lars Damsgaard and Tina Ryoon Andersen
Film: Jonas Jessen
Kamera: Hannes Jakobsen, Anders Jon Petersen, Lars Damsgaard, Mads Grage, Mark Nielsen, Thor Ochsner and Kristian Hoeck
Copenhagen is like an old lady. In her young years she used to go out and have fun, travel and meet a lot people. But now she is getting a bit old and she wants to make herself a bit more beautiful and a bit more shiny so she is getting plastic surgery.
Juan Pino - Ecuador
The project was filmed and made into a documentary short, premiering at Husets Biograf in January 2010 and screened at the International Music and Media IMZ platform at Forum, Copenhagen 2010. Also joining the IMZ on tour programme.
Nothing had happened without the musicians:
KRISTOFFER AUGUST, NICK ANGEL GUERRA GAST, CLAUDIUS PRATT, HELENE VIK, JUAN PINO, GIANNI BARDARO, RALITSA STAYKOVA, BENNY BORGÅ NIELSEN ,TUE OXENVAD, KRISTINA KRISTENSEN, ERTUGRUL YILAN, JUSTIN MOSES GUNN, LAURA DIESTEL, RAZAN FARMI, ARAM FARMI, CENGIZ CEVIK, FUAT TALAY, MILOUD SABRI, MORTEN SCHRØDER and UNA SKOTT