Sunday, 19 April 2015
Global Week for Syria Project links Syrian, Arab, and other international artists and connects a five day music festival and conferences in Beirut with one day concerts in Amsterdam, The Hague, Paris, Prague, Madrid and Vienna via an online platform, with more than twenty bands covering all genres of music (from jazz to hip hop) united under the idea of Peace for Syria!
Day 2 at Yukunkun pushes further the boundaries between music and video, and the idea of collaboration itself, with an amazing line up featuring
Michel Banabila (NL) with Anas Maghribi (SY)
Geert Mul with Michel Banabila, for a special audio-visual project (NL)
Michel Banabila (Amsterdam 1961) is a sound artist, composer, and producer. Banabila's career kicked off with his album VoizNoiz (2000), which received international critical acclaim. He worked in Holland, Poland, South Africa, Russia, Japan, Spain and Belgium. Banabila has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, theatre plays and choreographies.
Banabila is especially keen on mixing disciplines and music styles, using elements and influences from jazz, electronic music, classical and world music. Therefore there is no particular genre to categorize Banabila's music. In addition to acoustic instrumentation, Banabila uses electronics, field recordings, and recordings from radio, television and film. He collaborated with many different types of artists like Anton Goudsmit, Erkan Oğur, Holger Czukay, Joshua Samson, Machinefabriek, Mete Erker, Radboud Mens, Scanner, Sandhya Sanjana, Yaşar Saka, and Zenial, among others.
Besides making albums and musical scores, Banabila works with theatre, dance and visual art on more conceptual artistic projects. He builds a database with samples; uses the city environment as a recording studio, collects fragments of spoken texts, which he composes into soundscapes and audio/visual installations and performances. Using recordings of speech in several languages Banabila experiments with the tonality of words and the "sound system" of languages. He has worked on various projects with video artists Geert Mul, Olga Mink, and photographer Gerco de Ruijter.
Anas Maghrebi is a Syrian independent singer/musician who has worked with many bands and on many projects back in Syria. After he moved to Lebanon in early 2013, he founded the independant rock band Khebez Dawle. His singing style varies from traditional Tarab to what was then called Rock Sha'abi.
Media artist Geert Mul has been exploring for almost 20 years the possibilities of generating visual poetry by re-combining images from collections and databases in video's, photographs, installations and audio-visual performances.
Mul produced over fifteen commissioned art installations and he has performed and exhibited his works in the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, The National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto Japan, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia Madrid, National Gallery of Modern Art New Delhi India, Institute Valencia Arte Moderne, Witte de With Rotterdam, Museum of contemporary Art Chicago, the International Biennial Turijn and Ruhr European Capital of Culture 2010.
In 2010 Geert Mul received the Dutch Witteveen+Bos Art & Technology Award for his oeuvre. In both digital and analogue works Mul explores the possibilities of a data-based mediation: the moment when a meaninglessness collection of data turns into something meaningful. To instigate such a moment of creation is what ‘being creative’ is about.
‘Meaning’ in Muls works is not based on logic, in fact the works are essentially ana-logic; based on correlation, association, connotation and speculation. Mul’s work is most of all a form of poetry; a creative play with a data-based language.
Geert Mul is represented by gallery Ron Mandos in Amsterdam.