Curator Of Music / Programming
Girisha Fernando has worked as music programmer for various venues and currently works as curator of music for several festivals. Specialised in music programming within the genres of world music, spiritual music, jazz and contemporary pop; artistically ambitious yet always with an eye to an audience.
(curator since 2010)
Conception, organization and booking of popcultural formats and concerts of the Brechtfestival staged by the City of Augsburg. The Brechtfestival takes place annually in Augsburg, Bertolt Brecht’s place of birth, encompassing concerts, performances and shows by artists from literature, drama and music, while drawing an audience of 12 – 14 000. Music programming focuses on contemporary artists in the spirit of Brecht: the combination of music and politically or socially relevant lyrics, while taking music and art forms to new boundaries.
Curated formats include: the „Brechtnacht“ with the participation of artists like Nina Hagen, Sophie Hunger, Ghostpoet, Bonaparte, Käptn Peng, Algiers, Antilopen Gang, Gustav, Dakh Daughters, PeterLicht, Mats Gustaffson, Ja, Panik; Spoken Word and Slam formats; and special concerts which have included shows by Patti Smith, the Tiger Lillies and Element of Crime.
Next dates: Febrauary 26th -March 7th 2021
Festival der Kulturen
(artistic director / curator since 2011)Conception, organization and booking of the music programme of the Festival der Kulturen, an annual 2-3 day world music festival and fair situated on a square in the historic old town of Augsburg, Germany. Aimed at reaching out and challenging a diverse audience from all walks of society with unfamiliar music and sounds, the programming is focused on winning over the listener through sheer musical force. Artists to have performed include Seun Kuti & Egypt80, Taraf de Haidukks, Fanfare Ciocarlia, Konono No1, the Portico Quartet, Yasmine Hamdan, Tamikrest, Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Vieux Farka Toure, Dakhabrakha, Kocani Orkestar, Emel Mathlouthi, Mercedes Peon, Ibibio Sound Machine, Ebo Taylor and the Warsaw Village Band besides the participation of local musicians and associations.The event is staged by the Bureau of Peace of the City of Augsburg and is part of the „Hohes Friedensfest“ (Peacefestival). Next dates: 30th & 31st of July 2021
The Sounds Of God
(concept and programming since 2012)
The Sounds of God is a format whereby various artists from all over the world, whose music is deeply rooted in a spiritual or religious context, perform throughout the whole night. It was first staged in 2012 and featured performances by the turkish master of the ney, Kudsi Erguner, qawwali singer Asif Ali Khan from Pakistan, the Armenian voices, avantgarde jazz pianist Matthew Shipp and Gnaoua master musician Adelkebir Merchane. Since 2013 this magical night is staged in a smaller variation annually during the „Friedensfest“. A full length version took place in October 2017 featuring Faiz Ali Faiz, The Gurdjieff Ensemble, Wu Wei, Ulrich Moritz & Mariam Wallentin.
Next date: October 2020
Schwarzes Schaf – Club
(Programming 2007 – 2011)
Music and nightclub centered around mainly DJ nights but also incorporating the occasional live concert. With styles ranging from various kinds of electronic music, techno, house, dubstep, reggae, dancehall and drum n bass. Essential for its success was the participation of local hosts, DJs and musicians, each specialists in their own right of their respective scenes and thereby the joint developement of subcultural programme formats. And there was also time for a great indie night every thursday.