I am excited to share the results of my project with you. The combination of technology, sensors, motors, circuits, microcomputers, microcontrollers, and interactive performance has resulted in a collection of works, Soundstallation, that I am eager to present.
A new series of music and technology works, Soundstallation, by Ramin Akhavijou. -Sound Silence Thought
The unnoticed dance no.2- will be recorded by Klangforum Wien
working with Klangforum Wien on my new composition (the unnoticed dance no.2: pulses under threshold) in mid-April as part of the MBZ Music Biennale Zagreb festival, as well as working with Franck Bedrossian and attending lectures and discussions of Chaya Czernowin, Clemens Gadenstätter, and Olga Neuwirth.
Based on the words by Nasrin Sotoudeh: “Something happens to a person in prison. This question of, ‘Will I be remembered?’ Almost all prisoners carry this feeling with them, when missing one’s spouse, children, and family.” Recorded by Da Capo Chamber Players
Hailing from Canada, China, France, Iran, Japan, and Poland, the composers bring a variety of backgrounds and influences to their music. The works take inspiration from such varied sources as the ripples of goldfish in a pond, Berio’s Sequenza III, an Old High German magical incantation, and the memory of being lost on a mountain.
Most of the pieces in this collection can be not-/performed by any non-/musical instruments. “probable no.41” is also part of a series I’ve written based on the wonderful poetry of Gertrude Stein.
The majority of the pieces in my collection “probable” were created with the idea of the non-performative aspect of performance in support of artists who are wiped out or disappear as a result of social-political decisions and circumstances.
The “probable” collection is about “nearly nothing.” This collection is characterized either by non-conventional components, indeterminate elements, confusion, undefined materials, impossibility, invisibility, etc., or by musical elements that are coupled with these materials. The performance of collection occurs when an aim, concept, intention, or interpretation causes this nothingness to become something.
The program includes works by Emily Koh, Ramin Akhavijou, Piyawat Louilarpprasert, Jean-Patrick Besingrand, Brandon Amy Brandon, Victor Baez, Chatori Shimizu, and Tomasz Skweres.
The recipient of the Nationality Room Czechoslovak Scholarship.
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