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Jakarta Post

Dieter Mack: German composer lets music speak between cultures

  • Christina Schott


Jakarta   /   Sun, August 9 2009   /  11:34 am

The conversation starts temperamental, and like a wave it swells and decays - at first furious and questioning, then abating, and then growing angry again, becoming strident. This vivacious dialogue was heard at Teater Salihara last Sunday evening, taking place between two saxophones - gripping the audience as if they were following a thrilling tale. The author of this tale, German composer Dieter Mack, called the piece "Selisih" (gap, discrepancy). Nonchalantly and in fluent Indonesian, Mack moderated the concert night organised by Goethe Institute, explaining that he gave his music a certain talking character without using conventional text. Important for him was the communication, the relationship between the individual voices. The individuality of the four musicians on stage, "Ensemble Selisih" - comprising the two saxophonists, a flutist and a pianist - was a matter of co...