The Adventures of Prince Achmed (Lotte Reiniger, Germany, 1926)
Based on stories from "The Arabian Nights", a handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. The film’s director, Lotte Reiniger, was a pioneer of early cinema and animated film, and a standard-bearer for women in the industry. Her hypnotic films, painstakingly crafted out of snippets of card and wire and animated by hand, have influenced generations of film-makers and artists. The Adventures of Prince Achmed is the world’s first animated feature film, a whirlwind of a fantasy filled with innovation and beauty that still has the power to capture the hearts of contemporary viewers.
Music by Amer Shanati - Ud [Arabic lute] and Composition (Palestine), Leah Uijterlinde - Voice, Clarinet, Live Electronics and Composition (Netherlands), Carlos Ema - Piano, Live Electronics, Composition and Direction (Spain)
"Our music is shaped by our cultures and traditions: Arabic, Flamenco and Sephardi Music (and the strong influence they have on each other). This encounter is evoked by the spells of the animated shadows of the beautiful film The Adventures of Prince Achmed and will become its live soundtrack; interacting between acoustic sounds and live electronics, plugged and percussed strings, voices and woodwinds."
Amer Shanati is an ud (Arabic lute), a Palestinian that was born in Syria and now a citizen of The Netherlands that lives in The Hague. He studied at the Music Institute in Homs, Syria, and at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. He is the founder and teacher of The Hague Children’s Orchestra for Peace and director of the educational project at Music for Peace.
Amer had countless performances as solo artist, band member, workshop leader in the Netherlands, Syria, Switzerland, and Belgium with organizations and foundations including The Hague Projects, United Nations, Carnegie Peace Palace, Justice and Peace, Amnesty International, Hague Talks, VluchtelingenWerk NL, Musicians without Borders, De Vrolijkheid, Bijnlands Lyceum, Musical PostCards and more. Amer is the author of two books: Eastern Musical Theories and Reading the Musical Pieces. Website: www.amershanati.com
Bandleader, composer at Madhara, active as vocalist, clarinet and percussion player in The Magic Mumble Jumble, Fuut Trio and Reina Duo. Through the years, Leah has been involved in many cooperations with composers and players such as Renzo Spiteri, Rainer Henzel, Aktash Erdogan and Jon Tarifa. She Received a Cum laude Jazz Vocals degree at Codarts University in 2017. Website: www.madhara.nl
Since 2006, Carlos Ema works internationally as composer, artistic director, performer and/or improviser in several Contemporary Dance, Flamenco, Experimental Music and Jazz projects (Andrés Marín, Fernando Troya, Cora Bos-Kroese, Marie Khatib-Shahidi, Youri Peters, Lora Juodkaité, Kenzo Kusuda, Yiannis Tsirikoglou, Iván Pérez, Manel Salas, Mariëtte Redel, Joan van der Mast, Erminia Fernández Córdoba, María Marín, Cristina Hall, Cristina Soler, Expeditie Flamenco, Jorinde Cielen, Irene Álvarez, Tiempos Nuevos, Johan Frauenfelder, Francisco López, Allard van Hoorn).
Since 2012 he works as pianist for different dance companies (Nederlands Dans Theater, Norwegian National Ballet, Scapino, Het Nationale Ballet and de Dutch Don’t Dance Division), and as composer and pianist for Ballet, Modern, Flamenco, Creative and Karactere classes at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, where he obtained his degree in Jazz Piano in 2010. Website: www.carlosema.com