The Arab Apocalypse by Samir Odeh-Tamimi

World premiere at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

At the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, a work was premiered that has occupied the mind of its composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi for years. ›The Arab Apocalypse‹, based on the cycle of poems L’Apocalypse Arabe by Etel Adnan, was performed on July 4, 2021 in a production stage directed by Pierre Audi, with the Ensemble Modern under Ilan Volkov. »When I met Etel Adnan in 2001, she gave me the book, in Arabic and French«, explains Samir Odeh-Tamimi. »Even then I already thought I would like to compose this work. To read and understand it, I learned French. And since then I've been dealing with it almost every day, although I've composed many other works in the meantime.«