Tower Sounds: Ancient Voices and Electronics (2009)
This video is an excerpt of the “Tower Sounds: Ancient voices and Electronics” performance on July 11 and 12, 2009, by Shahrokh Yadegari in Tower by Ann Hamilton on Nancy and Steven Oliver’s ranch in Sonoma County, California. This piece was originally commissioned by the Judah L. Magnes Museum as an installation piece called “Through Music” in honor of Cantor Reuben R. Rinder. “Through Music” and “Tower Sounds” were curated by Lawrence Rinder.
See Program notes below
Siamak Shajarian: Vocals
Kate St. Pierre: Vocals
Keyavash Nourai: Violin
Dmitris Mahlis: Oud
Satnam Ramgotra: Tabla
Shahrokh Yadegari: Lila (Live electronics)
Video by: Tara Knight and Norbert Shieh.
FOUR NONPROFITS COLLABORATE TO CO-PRESENT
COMPOSER/SOUND DESIGNER SHAHROKH YADEGARI’S TOWER
SOUNDS, A MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND COMPOSITION, ON SATURDAY AND
SUNDAY, JULY 11 AND 12 AT ARTIST ANN HAMILTON’S TOWER
AT OLIVERRANCH, GEYSERVILLE
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Judah L. Magnes Museum,
Persian Arts Society, and Congregation Shomrei Torah will
each host a unique fundraising event in conjunction with
one of four separate performances.
Berkeley, CA, May 28, 2009–Continuing a centuries-old dialogue between Jewish and Islamic musical traditions, composer/sound designer Shahrokh Yadegari’s work, Tower Sounds, will receive four performances at artist Ann Hamilton’s Tower, a 78-foot tall alternative performance space, on Saturday and Sunday, July 11 and 12, at Oliver Ranch in Geyserville, Calif.
Tower Sounds, a groundbreaking multi-channel sound piece, interweaves traditional Jewish and Islamic music, poetry, and song, combined with digitally-derived compositional structures and stunning live performances by the Persian vocalist Siamak Shajarian, and performers Kate St. Pierre, Vocals; Keyavash Nourai, Violin; Dimitri Mahlis, Oud; and Satnam Ramgotra, Tabla, Percussion.