Concert featuring the voices of Ellen Hinsey, Katherina Oguntoye, Carolyn Gammon, Mariam Rasheed, Isaac Goodman.
Composer and sound artist Paul Brody will perform his third set of musical compositions inspired by the voices of poets he recorded. The poets in this round will share their sense of belonging and exclusion. Poet, community builder and activist Katherina Oguntoye, for example, tells about growing up Afro-German in Zwickau, while the young queer poet Isaac Goodman satirically recounts how they discussed femininity with their doctor.
To create a unique soundscape for each voice, Brody asked the poets for the sounds they associate with their selected poem. He put the collected sounds into the sampler he will play as custom made musical instruments. His compositions will not only function as a musical translations of the poems, but also reflect the five unique sound worlds that the poems have been written in.
Scientist and artist Mariam Rasheed ponders on the Arabic word for the quality of being foreign, which she translates as foreignness to describe talking with her grandmother about living in Berlin. Historian and activist Carolyn Gammon shares a poem about the significance of music during her mother’s last years with Alzheimer’s disease. Poet and political essayist Ellen Hinsey questions our ability to interpret sanely the world at all.
(c) Dirk Hasskarl
Paul Brody’s sound art and composition can be heard on numberous feature for WDR, the Jewish Museum Berlin andthe Humboldt Forum. He was artist in residence at the Munich Kammerspiele, the Toronto Language Museum, and at the Museum’s Quartier, Vienna. His compositions and trumpet playing can also be heard in collaboration with John Zorn, Clueso, David Moss and David Marton. He recently finished an opera commission for Opéra national de Lorraine, a symphonic work for the Oldenburg Symphony. His second opera for 2024 and symphonic work for 2025 will be heard at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe.
Carolyn Gammon is a canadian author and activist. She has lived in Berlin since 1992. She has worked in the fields of anti-racism, Holocaust studies, and for LGBTQ+ rights. Her most recent book is about memory loss and living life to the fullest.
Isaac Goodman is a queer Jew called Bread in real life. In between the day to day struggle of surviving under late stage capitalism they make art sometimes.
Mariam Rasheed is an artist and scientist from Egypt and based in Berlin since 2015. In her works she explores the societies and ideologies that shaped and regretted her, her childhood and herself.
Ellen Hinsey is the author of nine books of poetry, essays, dialogue and literary translation. Hinsey received the Yale Younger Poets Award, the Berlin Prize fellow of the American Academy in Berlin, and is a is a National Poetry Series Finalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Irish Times, Der Tagesspiegel, Poetry, Poetry Review, The Paris Review and others.
Katharina Oguntoye ist eine afrodeutsche Historikerin, Künstlerin, Aktivistin und Unternehmerin. Bekanntheit erlangte Katharina Oguntoye als Mitautorin und Mitherausgeberin des Buches FARBE BEKENNEN. AFRO-DEUTSCHE FRAUEN AUF DEN SPUREN IHRER GESCHICHTE, Berlin, 1986. Sie ist Mitbegründerin des Vereins JOLIBA-Interkulturelles Netzwerk in Berlin e.V. (1997), den sie 25 Jahren lang leitete. In den letzten Jahren erhielt sie mehrere Preise für ihr Lebenswerk.
The sound installation is mostly in English – and some German.
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