babelfis is an indie/pop duo formed by musicians Sevda Hamzacebi and Cem Dinler. Hailing from Istanbul – now based in Berlin, the band pursues all kinds of stories that they have grown up listening to. Deriving from both western and eastern roots and a scope of other personal influences, the duo focuses on melding all these experiences together through new forms of musical and poetic expressions. Their new work ›Meryem’s Ballad‹ is an interdisciplinary artistic creation, specifically designed for the Hinterhalt Commission. The duo, in collaboration with visual artist Mert Akbal, has crafted an original performance offering commentary on Wagner’s ›The Flying Dutchman‹, a featured production on the main stage of Deutsche Oper Berlin for the 2023/2024 season.

babelfis receives one of the two Hinterhalt scholarships in 2022 to compose and design an evening of the series ›Aus dem Hinterhalt‹ in the Tischlerei of the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the 2023/24 season.

portrait of babelfis members Sevda Hamzacebi and Cem Dinler
babelfis (Photo: Arda Funda)