Wednesday 2 March, 7.00pm / free
As part of his ongoing research into the ancient Solfège system in music, which pairs notes of the scale with particular voiced syllables, artist-in-residence Sam Belinfante invites London based Musarc to collaborate on a program of music exploring language and gesture within the choral tradition. Works include Arvo Pärt’s hauntingly beautiful Solfeggio, 1963 and a new arrangement of Terry Riley’s classic In C, 1964 using the sol-fa text.
This event also marks the launch of The Listening Reader, edited by Sam Belinfante and Joseph Kohlmaier (Musarc).
The Listening Reader brings together a number of essays that explore the role of sound and listening in the context of contemporary art. They engage with the speci c timbre that the act of listening, and the paradigm of sound bring to the practice of artists; how this paradigm is present within a broader discourse, including the creative arts, sciences, philosophy and politics; and how art that begins with, or requires listening circulates in the world of the art gallery.
The texts in this anthology emerged from conversations, talks, and performances by a number of artists, curators, and writers whose work was presented at, or contributed to the making and public programme of Listening, a Hayward Curatorial Open exhibition that toured the UK from September 2014 to March 2016. It includes previously unpublished essays and contributions from Ed Atkins, Sam Belinfante, Mikhail Karikis, Joseph Kohlmaier, Brandon LaBelle, Ed McKeon, Imogen Stidworthy and Laure Prouvost.
Musarc is one of London’s most progressive amateur choirs. It is at the heart of a research project at the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design which explores performance and composition in relation to the creative process and investigates listening in the context of society, architecture and the city. The ensemble regularly collaborates with composers to develop work that challenges traditional ways of making music, and brings together art, performance and education.
Musarc has performed at Cafe OTO, Bold Tendencies, Turner Contemporary and V22 and the Royal Maritime Museum. In 2012, it presented Bang! Being the Building at the Barbican’s OMA/Progess show, and its voices could be heard in Ed Atkin’s Us Dead Talk Love at the Chisenhale Gallery. In 2015, Musarc performed a choral version of Terry Riley’s In C and a new work by Neil Luck at MK Gallery in response to their show How to construct a time machine. Musarc’s voices could be heard at the New Museum, New York, in Laure Prouvost’s How to make money religiously (2014). More recently, the ensemble took part in a performance of Peter Liversidge’s Notes on protesting, and performed Sam Belinfante’s Corpus Sonus for voices and dictaphones, both at the Whitechapel Gallery. The choir has collaborated with experimental music label Entr’acte, with whom it is currently producing an album of four commissions from Neil Luck between 2010 and 2015, recorded at Extra City, Antwerp, in October 2015. For more information about forthcoming events, teaching programmes and how to join the ensemble, visit www.musarc.org.