19th April 2018 at 6.30pm
Maastricht, The Netherlands

Maastricht Fossil Free invites you to the ancient city´s Cellebroeders Chapel​ for a powerful evening of musical performances and discussions on climate change and sustainability. Be part of this discussion on sustainability in developing nations, and the position of fossil fuels in Africa. Featuring Conservatorium musicians, and the United Nation´s University PHD fellow Ibrahima S. Kaba, this will be a highlight in Maastricht´s calendar of events. Doors open at 18:30pm for drinks, with music commencing at 19:00pm

'Fossil fuels, developing countries and leapfrogging'
"Developing countries already bear the brunt of climate change and global warming. They currently are at a crossroad and face a defining conundrum between doing business as usual – by basically replicating the same development strategies of the last two centuries – or by doing things differently. Doing things differently means not relying exclusively on fossil fuels to power their electric grids, to run their public transport systems or to kick-off their water pipes – everything that the rest of the world has been taking advantage from over the last two centuries and counting. Is it fair to ask such sacrifices from countries that already face numerous budgetary and financial constraints while simultaneously required to meet the 17 2030 Sustainable Development Goals? Are fossil fuels the tickets for developing countries to end hunger, combat diseases and banish grounding poverty? And could leapfrogging represent a credible alternative in these countries to all fossil fuels?"
(Ibrahima S. Kaba)


Cellebroedersstraat 4

6211 PK Maastricht


Free entry, donation box

"The monsoon pattern in my area used to be regular and something to look forward to. There would be two months of summer, then fierce pre-monsoon thunderstorms making the “rain smell” that we all know and love. Around two weeks later the rains would come, largely constant, with occasional breaks and heavier spells. In the last few years this pattern has been disrupted significantly. The arrival of the monsoon is slowly pushing forward, the thunderstorms are vanishing, and a one-off dry spell that occurred in the midst of the season several years ago is threatening to become a regular occurrence. The summers have changed here as well. I have been told by older residents that about four decades ago, a fan was a luxury as opposed to a necessity. These years, the summers are often unbearable without air conditioning. I’m not sure how much of the increase in heat is due to climate change and how much is due to the clearing away of the once-extensive green cover, and the unsuitable architecture of modern apartments. ClimateKeys brings together two of the interests closest to my heart: communication through music and care for the environment. From a young age I have thought that there is more to explore in the power of music to communicate, incite discussion, and bring people together, than we know even today. The platform that ClimateKeys is creating relies upon the very same quality of music that I was trying to understand, and the intent is to bring awareness to an issue that I care deeply about. Like nearly all of us, I have a personal, powerful connection with the environment that is both beauty and strength; with ClimateKeys, I can bring the urgent discussion of its survival to a broader audience. Even five years ago, talking about climate change was not such a common topic. People talk more now, mainly around the need for sustainability than the effects of climate change, but the discussion is active and genuine. In my concert I will be choosing a mix of familiar and newer music. I want to give concertgoers something well known to look forward to, while also playing music that speaks of the urgency of action required and the current context." (SACHIT AJMANI - PIANIST)


Six Songs from a Shropshire Lad

George Butterworth (1885-1916)

Sonata op 12 in C major

Simon Molitor (1766 –1848)

Der Leiermann

Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828)

Ständchen Franz




Laurent Boutros (1964 -)


Manuel de Falla


La Calle 92

Astor Piazzolla (1921 – 1992)


Celso Machado(1953 -)

Fantasia No. 7 for violin (tr. Carlo Marchione)

G. P. Telemann (1681 – 1767)

Preludes no. 1 and 3

H. Villa- Lobos (1887-1959)

William J. Vitali: Born in Bergamo in 1993, William Vitali attended the conservatoy "G. Donizetti" of Bergamo where, with Luigi Attademo, he graduated with honors in 2015. He is currently working towards his his Master in Music Performance with Carlo Marchione at Conservatorium Maastricht. He has performed at the Festival "Erik Satie" and the Hall of Serbian Cultural Centre in Paris. He was awarded the first prize at "Riviera Etrusca" guitar competition (Piombino 2016). - He has recorded a CD, “Fuego” (De Falla, Albéniz, Giménez, Marquez, Moreno Torroba, Abreu) for the label Classica dal vivo.

Born in Guinea, Ibrahima S. Kaba is a PhD fellow at UNU-MERIT and Maastricht University since September 2013. He holds a double BSc in Econometrics from the Uiversities Hassan 1 of Settat (Morocco) and Toulouse 1 Capitole (France) as well as a MSc in Public Policy and Development (PP&D) from Toulouse School of Economics (TSE, France). Since 2015 he has been in charge of the two-weeks intensive coursework in "Quantitative Methods and Microeconomics" for the new PhD cohorts at UNU-MERIT and MGSoG