Metaphonica III: songs of protest and resistance
CSM, 9th March 2017
Proposal: Natalie Lambert, Boaz Torfstein and Joe Richardson (MA Fine Art Yr 1)
“Where words fail, music speaks.” (Hans Christian Andersen)
In response to the current political climate, a watery soup of fact, fiction and both dis- (and mis)- information, we propose a wall of sound, a performance protest. Boaz Torfstein, Joe Richardson and Natalie Lambert will conduct a live performance challenging and celebrating this quote by Hans Christian Andersen.
Through critical debate (transcripts from political debates/speeches read through text-to-speech automated voices, in dulcet tones reminiscent of Leonard Cohen and Iggy Pop), 1-3 musicians respond, live and unrehearsed, to the words being relayed through the speakers, with both a battle and harmony emerging from the engagement with the transcripts (and its content) as well as the other musicians. The transcripts will be fused together in homage to the Beat Generation, debates and speeches thrown together to create something new, something spontaneous.
Nothing is sacred and everything is possible. We will create walls of words, promises, threats, and investigate how music can speak to us, elevate our souls above all the ruckus, at a time where change is needed and crisis tries to figure out whether it will tear us apart or bring us all together. This is both a primal scream and a celebration of the messy times we live in.