Doors 6p, Music 7p
Doors 6p, Music 7p
Alongside me will be Thimali Kodikara, Jen Goma, Nkoula Badila, Lindsey-Paige McCloy, Starr Busby, Emily Ritz, Bahar Baharloo, Boshra AlSaadi, Asy Saavedra, Phyllis Lee, Denitia Odigie and Justine Bowe.
Around 6pm on Friday and 7:30 pm on Saturday (August 12th & 13th) Dronechoir will make an appearance along the main artery between the major sections of Eaux Claires Festival in Eau Claire, WI. Passersby will be able to walk among and between the vocalists as they converge and disperse throughout the piece. Look for Claire De Lune, Justine Bowe, Rully Shabara, Jon Mueller, Liv Carrow, Sarah White, myself and others…
Listen to Dronechoir Trace, as performed on July 17th at CR10
The vocalists of Dronechoir Trace From Left to right: Bahar Baharloo, Jen Goma, Arone Dyer, Emily Ritz, Asy Saavedra, Lindsey-Paige McCloy, Phyllis Lee and Starr Busby.
This composition is beginning to show its many faces. I adapted it from its original form which was performed as a static quartet in April 2016, this time with the addition of movement instructions and slight changes to a couple of the parts. There were still 4 parts to work with, so two vocalists shared each part and this was notable only when the partners slowly circled each other towards the end of the piece.
Many of these women had not met until the event as there was no rehearsal prior to the performance. Each vocalist was given their part to listen through at least one week ahead of time, but none had heard all the parts together. The audience was witness to our own discovery of the piece as a whole, as well as to our courage and commitment to the present moment. There were no wrong moves and no mistakes to be made.
During the performance each vocalist was instructed by a recording on their digital-listening-device to sing particular notes as well as make simple movements. Some of the movement directions included “Step Forward” – “Make your way to anywhere in the room” – “Turn Clockwise with your Partner”. I found that making clear and concise verbal movement instructions while indicating sometimes subtle vocal changes was challenging.
Each performance of the Dronechoir has been as unique as the individuals involved, and I intend to continue the evolution. I am honored that these women chose to be a part of the organic performance-writing process with me.
July 16, 2016 –
Dronechoir Trace is the third evolution of Dronechoir and will involve 8 unrehearsed vocalists. Each vocalist will have a set of directions fed to them during the performance and the audience will see/hear how each individual interprets these directions. Trace will take place at CR10 just outside of Hudson, NY on Sunday, July 17th 2016 at 5pm. Also performing will be Peptalk (members of Xiu Xiu).
The Proceeds of this performance ($10 suggested donation at the door) will go to Campaign Zero, an online data-based research and legislative tracking tool with the goal of eradicating police violence with a series of policy solutions. It is one of many opportunities for Us to make a Difference in systematic racial discrimination.
Vocalists of Dronechoir Trace include: Phyllis Lee, Jen Goma, Lindsey-Paige McCloy, Asy Saavedra, Emily Ritz, Bahar Baharloo, Starr Busby and Arone Dyer.
Thank you to those of you who volunteered your ears and time to this project!
Here are some images taken by Viktor Klinger from the latest Dronechoir at Basilica‘s 24hr Dronefest April 23-24th in Hudson, NY. where the audience was silently asked to blindfold themselves for a purely aural experience. Toward the end of the piece we invited blindfolded members of the audience to join us for the remaining chords.
The first Dronechoir I created took place as a part of Basilica’s 24hr Dronefest in April 2015, where I directed 20 blindfolded, mostly untrained vocalists through an hour-long, somewhat structured piece (this was hard to gauge due to being blindfolded, myself).
Above image by Andi State