By Parisa Sabet, Joan Schuman, Martín Rodgríguez and Debashis Sinha
February 18, 2017, 8:00 pm
Geary Lane, 360 Geary Avenue, Toronto
General $15 , Students $10
This performance showcases works encompassing different forms of storytelling and reflecting on one's experiences as well as the moral dilemmas confronted.
I. Nothing's going to happen to us... by Stijn Demeulenaere
Nothing’s going to happen to us...' investigates how our perceptions of an armed conflict relate to a lived reality. Memories of a bombardment are confronted with the views of sound-designers on such an experience. These voices are structured by the sounds of conflicts worldwide. Nothing’s going to happen to us...' explores the tensions between a lived experience of an armed conflict, and our (re-)presentation of such a conflict. It does so by examining how we interpret sounds in those high alert moments. What they mean to us. How we respond to sounds in different situations, as different audiences. Please note that the presentation shown tonight has previously been shown as an installation.
II. Visiting Grandpa by Parisa Sabet
Visiting Grandpa is a multi-channel soundscape based on my memories of my grandfather. It was written when I learned that the Iranian revolutionary guard demolished the historic cemetery of Baha'is in Shiraz (Iran), where my grandfather's remains were buried as well as those of many other Baha'is'.
I'd like to thank my husband, Kamran Fallah, for the translation of the original text into English; Nika Khanjani, for her powerful narration of the story; and Roya Sepehri, for creating a serene atmosphere by chanting prayers beautifully in Persian.
III. Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust by Joan Schuman
An intersection of philosophical/poetic questions about what is entailed in humanely raising animals for slaughter. Woven through a story of two farmers are other narrative voices, listening towards an unseen goat who moved, quite vocally, into the neighborhood. A third voice questions the dreamscape and needs of animal others. John Berger’s texts about visual culture beckon us to understand our relationships with animals. This sonic response poetically weighs eating flesh vs. seeing animals as metaphor. By listening to an unseen goat’s woeful cries, there’s a curiosity about its relationship to two farmers grappling with raising animals for slaughter.
IV. Radio Therapy by Martín Rodgríguez
The fog of chemo and numbness of radiation. The brain surgery. Paralysis. The seizure that exposed it all. The sterile sounds of the hospital. One must find a way to heal.
"Radio Therapy" expresses these sentiments by transforming the brutal sounds of Rodriguez's MRI into a meditation on the healing process of his recovery from a cancerous brain tumor, creating both a soothing and battling ambiance of recovery & remission.
"Radio Therapy" is produced by harnessing radio frequencies alongside a transmission of Rodriguez's MRI brain scan through a transducer that is attached to a standalone guitar. The transducer forces the whole body of the guitar to vibrate. The resulting sound is a blend of musical notes, and scanned AM radio frequencies resonating through the body of the guitar and passing through a chain of manipulated sound effects.
V. The City by Debashis Sinha
I am a city person.
I am most a city person in the city of my second home, Kolkata - being there magnifies to me the complicated processes of what a city does.
It started as a small and subtle sound deep within, this understanding of urban spaces as sharing common traits. But the more places I went, the more I breathed the air, I realized that wherever the city, there was something in it that I responded to - something hidden from the higher senses, yet affecting me and the others in the space I shared with them. I felt the same, no matter the place.
Think of your city. Hear it sound. Open your mind to what else is sounding past what you hear.