“ArkaIra” (for 3 grand pianos) presented as a sound installation

As part of Charlois Speciaal since today you are welcome to visit “ArkaIra” a sound installation based in the translation of visual patterns from ancient peruvian textiles. It will be presented @ Textielfabrique
Sajjra Chrs Galarreta developed an idea to translate the patterns from a Nazca (1) textile into a composition for three grand pianos. The piece was composed in order to be fully experienced (listened) when is played by the three pianists simultaneously. The pianists will alternate the clusters (group of notes) in order to complete the piece. This way to play have a connection with the way to play the siku(2) (an old Andean musical instrument) and also gives the name “ArkaIra” to the piece : “Traditionally, two musicians were required to play the siku, each one taking one row of the instrument. One part of the instrument is called ira, another arka” (read more about this in the foot notes).
A version of this piece was adapted to work as a sound installation and will be presented since today at Textielfabrique as part of Charlois Speecial. For this version the musical patterns resultant from the Nazca-textile research will be played by a computer in an extremely slow time and rotating between three speakers to generate an atemporal effect in the space. Evocating the three pianos played in a spatial way as the sikus.
The premiere of this piece will be presented as a live concert for three grand pianos in November 2020 by the piano trio Rubrik. All this research project is part of ‘Van Damascus tot Charlois’, an initiative by Maaike Gottschal(Textielfabrique).
(1)The Nazca culture (also Nasca) was the archaeological culture that flourished from c. 100 BC to 800 AD beside the arid, southern coast of Peru in the river valleys of the Rio Grande de Nazca drainage and the Ica Valley.[1] Strongly influenced by the preceding Paracas culture[citation needed], which was known for extremely complex textiles, the Nazca produced an array of crafts and technologies such as ceramics, textiles, and geoglyphs.
(2)Siku is split across two rows of pipes. One must alternate rows with every note in order to play a complete scale. Traditionally, two musicians were required to play the siku, each one taking one row of the instrument. One part of the instrument is called ira, another arka. It is considered that spiritually ira corresponds to male principle and arka to female. When many musicians divide in two parts, first playing ira and second playing arka, this gives Andean music a distinctive stereophonic sound.
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New release : Evamuss – Live in Diedorf (AC 2020)

A recording of an EVAMUSS concert in Bavaria. Thanks to Attenuation circuit – Sascha Stadlmeier (recording & publication) and to Margarita Milova
(art cover). Play it loud!.

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New release : I.A. Maastunnel by Galarreta & van der Putten

‘I.A. Maastunnel’ is a 21 minutes documentary in sound and moving image highlighting the hidden acoustic behaviors of the Maastunnel (Rotterdam, The Netherlands): a 500-meter-long tunnel under the Maas river. The location is explored through sound-walks, performative interventions, and by recording sounds using ambient microphones, homemade contact microphones and electromagnetic antennas, and a hydrophone.
A handmade art object of the work has been published in a limited edition of 50 copies by label Aloardi. It is a wooden pack made with the laser cutting technique, in a design based on the maps of the Maastunnel. It contains an USB pendrive with the documentary, including a bonus audio track, and an audio tape with the soundtrack.
About the project “Invisible Architecture”
Invisible Architecture is a project by Christian Galarreta and Janneke van der Putten. In this edition they research the acoustic qualities of a monumental site, a 500-meter-long tunnel under the Maas River. The Maastunnel (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) is explored through different experiences and ways of listening: by doing sound-walks and performative interventions, and by recording sounds that are sometimes (in)audible to human ears. The sounds, generated by people and machines in the tunnel, were recorded using ambient microphones, homemade contact microphones and electromagnetic antennas, and a hydrophone, making audible the hidden ‘voices’ from the mechanical sounds and the resonating space. The activities of workers, visitors and machines are acoustically affected (filtered) and amplified by the architecture and the landscape. This sound-space was perceived as a sound-being in constant and subtle metamorphosis.

Credits
Video I.A. Maastunnel (USB, HD movie, stereo, 21’09’’) Directed by Galarreta and van der Putten. Camera by Mihail Bakalov and van der Putten. Sound recordings and video editing by Galarreta and van der Putten. Audio editing by Galarreta. Performed by Gwen van den Bout, Ellen van Eldik, Christian Galarreta, Mike Kramer, Patrícia Pinheiro de Sousa, Janneke van der Putten and Lichun Tseng.
Soundtrack I.A. Maastunnel (audio cassette, raw field recordings without electronic effects, side A: 15’13”, side B: 15’00”) Tracks A1, A2, B1 and B3 recorded by Galarreta. Track B2 recorded and performed by Gwen van den Bout, Ellen van Eldik, Christian Galarreta, Mike Kramer, Patrícia Pinheiro de Sousa, Janneke van der Putten and Lichun Tseng. Track B4 recorded by van der Putten. Audio editing by Galarreta.
I.A. Maastunnel was recorded and performed at the Maastunnel in September 2015. Published by Aloardi, 2019 (Alo 061). Edition of 50 copies. Design by Yoana Buzova in collaboration with Galarreta and van der Putten. Production by van der Putten. Thanks to W_Lfrt project spaces, the Maastunnel crew, Peter van Gemst and Anton Ruiter. Partly supported by the City of Rotterdam and Mya Cultural Fund.
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Translating patterns from a Nazca textile into sound

New compositions by Sajjra Chrs Galarreta – coming soon – as part of the project ‘Van Damascus tot Charlois’, an initiative by Maaike Gottschal (Textielfabrique). Galarreta developed an idea to translate the patterns from a Paracas textile into a composition for three grand pianos. This is the first step to implement a software to translate textiles into sound and musical-scores, and vice-versa. The process and resulting works will be presented in the form of live performances, musical scores, textiles, and a sound installation. Upcoming exhibitions and concerts will be announced soon.
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Sound documentation of “El Grito de La Yacumama”

Finally Aloardi publish the sound documentation of the project “El Grito de La Yacumama” (Aloardi, 2007). This album was waiting to be published since 2007, the year that Aloardi produced this project. It consists of 4 Volumes, with audio and original covers. At the end of this post there are the links to listen and dowload the sound socumentation.

The environmental impact of multinational projects such as the construction of the Interoceanic Highway was recorded in these audios in their acoustic, electromagnetic and underwater dimensions. This publication begins with a recording made on August 18, 2007 after an earthquake with serious consequences in southern Peru. You can hear members of the Aloardi collective talking to the drivers of the buses, jammed on the road to Pisco (epicenter of the earthquake). You can also listen to recordings of the soundscape of the route from Pisco to Puerto Maldonado (Madre de Dios) and recordings made in the ecological buffer zones of the Tambopata – Candamo National Reserve.
Participated in Puerto Maldonado: Felipe Del Aguila, Gabriel Castillo Aguero and Sajjra Chrs Galarreta (Sajjra Sajjra). Fabiola Vasquez (Fa Vasquez) and Dennis Pastor Portales participated in Lima. During this project Aloardi participated in the Festival ECOS 2007 (Nantes, France) broadcasting these field recordings via Internet to their followers in Europe and South America.
Listen & download Vol.1
Listen & download Vol.2
Listen & download Vol.3
Listen & download Vol4
See pictures and more documentation about El Grito de la Yacumama
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Sajjra Chrs Galarreta South East Asia tour 2019 – 2020 (Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia)

13.12 Singapore (Singapore) @ Third Space Sessions
14.12 Singapore (Singapore) @ Jam
15.12 Johor (Malaysia) @ The Rokin
18.12 Kuantan (Malaysia) @ Noise Cave
20.12 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) @ Raw Art
22.12 Bangkok (Thailand) @ Bangkok Noise Fest
24.12 Bangkok (Thailand) @ Jam – Experimental Edge
26-29.12 Huan hui (Thailand) @ Ssshhh
01.01 Ipoh (Malaysia)
@ Indonesia
16.01 Tangerang (Java/IND) @ Tanam Bunyi party
17.01 Sukabumi (Java/IND) @ Rumah Mesra
18.01 Cirebon (Java/IND)
20.01 Purwokerto (Java/IND)
22.01 Semarang (Java/IND) @ S-45 Music Club C
25-26.01 Jogjakarta (Java/IND) @ Jogja Noise Bombing Fest
27.01 Solo (Java/IND) – Ciu party
28.01 Ponorogo (Java/IND)
29.01 Malang (Java/IND) @ Semeru Art Gallery
30.01 Gresik (Java/IND)
31.01 Denpassar (Bali/IND) @ Tuck n’ Tap
01.02 – Mataram (Lombok/IND)
More to be announced soon


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Synthexcess tour @ Portugal, Spain, France, The Netherlands, Germany

7.11 Lisboa @ Lounge (ATR)
8.11 Porto @ CACE Centro Cultural (Favela Discos)
9.11 Pontevedra @ Liceo Mutante
10.11 Santiago de Compostela @ Reixa Bar
13.11 Madrid @ Spacio B
14.11 Madrid @ Boykott
15.11 Azkoitia @ Matadero
16.11 Gijon @ Caja de Musicos
17.11 Bilbao @ MEM tbc
19.11 Nantes @ Lune Froide
20.11 Paris @ Zorba Bar
22.11 The Hague @ Villa K
23.11 Tilburg @ Gifgrond
27.11 Leipzig @ NN
28.11 Stuttgart @ Neue Schachtel (Container City)
29.11 Straousburg @ Dia Amante del Loro

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Sajjra – Synthexcess concerts @ Hungary, Russia and Baltic Countries

6.9 Budapest , Elő Zaj Kert ! @ Astoriánál
7.9 Debrecen, VIII Noise Garden @ Modem
8.9 Moscow, Inflaton @ ШАГИ
9.9 Нижний Новгород @ Black Hole (as Evamuss)
11.9 Perm @ “13/69
13.9 Томск @ Hall Bar
16.9 Cheylabinsk @ Gilden Haus
19.9 Cheboksary @ SK Bar
20.9 Нижний Новгород @ Black Hole
25.9 Нижний Новгород @ Подсобка
28.9 St Petersburg @ Club Dunes (as Evamuss)
29.9 St Petersburg @ Арт-Центр Пушкинская 10
02.10 Riga@Aleponija
03.10 Kaunas @ Movido
04.10 Vilnius @ Empty Brain Resort
05.10 Kaliningrad @ Pounger

For more info ask me (check in contact).

Photo by Jonathan Castro

 

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New split cassette: St.Fractalium / Evamuss (Takoe Records – Moscow)

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Electromagnetic & Acoustic Detritus // Concerts coming

31.07 Frankfurt @ Bermuda Breeze
02.08 Porto @ Ultramatiné Marina (as Dj Sajjra)
03.08 Porto @ NoNoise Fest-Sonoscopia
09.08 Madrid @ NADIE NUNCA NADA NO
10.08 Pontevedra @ Liceo Mutante
10 -12.08 Vigo @ Oceanic Sound Art (Artist in residence)

13.08  Strasbourg @ The Place (3 rue schertz)

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