Sunday 16, June 2013
Matariki is the time when the stars of the constellation Pleiades come together in the southern hemisphere sky, signalling the new year and a time of new beginnings. In celebration of this, Natalia Mann and Horomona Horo bring together their atmospheric instruments with inspired improvisations.
They will be performing at Square Edge Creative Arts Centre in Palmerston North. They will be offering workshops on improvisation and Taonga puoro during the day.
Taonga puoro, literally translated as "treasure song" or "Singing Treasures" is the collective term given to the wide array of wind, percussive and string families of instruments. A tohunga, or master of the instruments, Horomona performs and handles the full spectrum of the taonga puoro with a measured skill, historical and cultural understanding as passed down to him by his mentors, first the late Dr Hirini
Melbourne and since 2006, Dr Richard Nunns - two
of the men credited with the revival of the art-form.
Wednesday 01, May 2013
Soundpaper is a new work exploring the space where music meets art - the non-physical to the physical if you will. A collaboration with the legendary Ros Bandt and visual artist Lauren Simmonds, assisted by curator Minako Kanda.
A layered performance of equal parts music and art installation, 'Soundpaper' is a moving sculptural soundscape, which is transformed over the duration of the performance.
Essentially we were working with the medium of PAPER. Paper is very noisy stuff, and surprisingly evocative of many things. Lauren installed hanging paper sculptures and wearable pieces which we played sonically and physically, snipping and changing the sculpture throughout the performance creating an evolving score.
Monday 29, April 2013
This month was a fantastic adventure reconnecting with Grace Vanilau and Lila Meleisea of SUGA. Suga performed at the first inaugural Melbourne Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival which was a beautiful and inspiring affair. We spent a week on the east coast of Tasmania rehearsing, recording (with Dan Cornelius at the top of a mountain overlooking only forest and sea - see the picture, courtesy of Lorraine Biggs) and sharing the island vibes with the lovely Beaumaris community! Other highlights included Seven Sisters Festival, and especially working with our sister dancer Fipe Keanu (aka Phoebe Preuss). Sisters for Sisters and Kala Box benefit concerts were special too - so great to be back in that positive Melbourne energy.
Friday 01, March 2013
Space Harp No.1 - my first official installation, will be exhibited at Open Studio, Kumbaraci Sokak, Tophane, Istanbul on 5 March, 2013, 6-9pm. Utilising the chance composition techniques of John Cage, the room is strung in cosmic proportions. A silent work.
Tuesday 19, February 2013
This month Izzet and I teamed up as a duo to explore some new approaches. February 5 saw us play at JeanSanat Sahne, a program of free improvisations, seeking Now. We had the great pleasure of being joined by Köln art trumpeter Matthias Mainz, during his very brief visit to Istanbul.
On February 14th, (the day when women in Istanbul gather in the main square to stand up for respectful treatment within relationships), Izzet and I performed Pasif.ist as a duo at Alt. to an intimate crowd of great listeners. It was an exciting evening and we had a lot of fun. Kerem - I think we're officially adding Kasimpaşa Cats to our program.