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2017 with The Commons Choir | Brooklyn ReZound!
We are about to begin a three month work cycle with BROOKLYN REZOUND with the support of Exploring the Metropolis.
We are bringing in two new performers, editing our material and filling out the skeletal structure that we developed last fall.
We are still fundraising with a final deadline set for February 1st.
If we raise $70 every day we will reach our minimum goal! All funds will be used to cover our performers’ fees.
(further notes from our process)
In the Q&A session after our last performance at BRIC, Anaïs Maviel said that the choir allows her to work beyond herself and be involved in a greater energy than she could otherwise engage. The epic scale of the work we’ve laid out for ourselves in 2017 is as exhilarating as it is humbling. “Epic” form is a telling of history that identifies a people; integral to this classic form we work with the story of each performer—thus we’re situated in the contradiction of a “currently” created epic, as a collective vantage point for amity and clarity of action, particularly with regard to the difficulties involved in performing the greater good.
Here is an epic newsflash from NYC (from another era, and also from the libretto—
In1643, the Jesuit missionary Isaac Jogues reported that 18 languages (excluding Native American and West African languages) were spoken in the 20 year-old New Amsterdam.
A work in progress of BROOKLYN REZOUND this week at BRIC Arts Media!
BROOKLYN REZOUND this week at BRIC Arts Media!
The first iteration of our collaboration with Darius jones will be performed after a 10 day residency.
Please help us reach our fundraising goal with this campaign and come and join us!
Nov 10-11, 2016 • 7:30PM
BRIC House Artist Studio
647 Fulton Street
(Enter on Rockwell Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11217
We hare also really honored to have received the support of Exploring the Metropolis with a three month residency from January-March 2017!
Led by choreographer Daria Faïn and poet-architect Robert Kocik, The Commons Choir collectively sets humanity’s troubles and highest aspirations to song, movement, and spoken word. Their new project, BROOKLYN REZOUND, is an investigative jazz musical composed by Darius Jones that examines the experience of displacement and change in polyglot Brooklyn as it represents the nation in its enduring aspirations toward equity. The Commons Choir are currently artists-in-residence at BRIC and BROOKLYN REZOUND will premiere at BRIC House in April 2017.
Works by The Commons Choir take on the scale of epic town hall musicals. Libretti are written from deep research both in the studio and on the ground in local communities. In performance, they are enacted by 30 performers – a mix of professionals and community members who represent a dozen nationalities, speaking over 10 languages and ranging in age from twenties to seventies. Their medium is prosody, encompassing the physical and musical aspect of language – tone, rhythm, pause, emphasis, gesture, etc. Their sonic layering emits a primal full-bodied force that vibrates throughout the audience.
The intention of the composition is to create a sonic membrane that will connect linguistics and movement by developing musical textures and soundscapes that will act as a counterpoint and underlying message throughout the piece. Bringing multiple notes and words and voices together can form its own cultural context, creating a unique sonic and rhythmic communication.
“My goal with this piece is to take this sonic and rhythmic language to create a personal contrapuntal connection between the dance, text, and vocalists that will give an audience a feeling of witnessing an undiscovered primitive culture.”
Faïn, Kocik, and Jones create embodied sonic maps with the Choir through linguistic interchange. As Haitian Creole was developed by West African slaves in contact with French settlers, the pidgin of the Choir is created as mixture of all of the languages and cultural experiences of those in the room. In the Choir’s creole all languages are primary, working toward the realization of a nondiscriminatory, empathetic tongue that models the change they want to see in society.
Throughout the development of the work the Choir will engage local communities. Community interviews (recorded in audio and video) will contribute language and gesture to the libretto. Free and open community movement and voice classes will bring new voices into the process. Rehearsal residencies will deepen the content and work-in-progress sharings will allow for feedback on the performance structure. The Choir is also working with a documentary filmmaker to develop a film alongside the live performance and developing a partnership with Brooklyn College to create a virtual archive of research material that will serve other scholars and artists working on issues of displacement and gentrification and expand the impact of the work.
E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E is an operatic town hall musical. Created by Faïn and Kocik, with composer Katherine Young, vocalist Samita Sinha, and the The Commons Choir, E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E was developed by researching the sonic and connotative power of the English language (especially phonemes). This excerpt from the Phonemic Emanation breaks down the English language and gesture into their most elemental units to extract potent properties of human emotion leading to the merging of these disparate parts into a collective breath in the “chorus line”.
This audio sample is a vocal composition by poet Robert Kocik. It is an homage to Lola Kiepja, a shaman from the Chilean region of Tierra del Fuego and one of the last speakers of the Silk’Nam language. Kocik uses phonemes and speech sounds from a recording of Kiepja’s voice woven with French and English. This is an example of the ways in which poet Kocik works with the Choir in BROOKLYN REZOUND to compose vocal scores simultaneously with the development of Faïn’s movement and Barson’s compositions.
Start and End Dates
04/01/2017 — 04/30/2017
Brooklyn, New York