“Melismas” postcards and sound!

Hello friends! We are offering a postcard designed by Margarita Milova with a photo taken by Diana Duta in the church of St. Nicholas (Myra, 520 AD) during her experience in the “Melismas” residency. It is part of a series of pieces related to sound walks and ongoing artist residencies to experience how the sound of the Muslim call to prayer is intensely modulated by the rural landscape of Demre (Turkey). The postcard costs 3 euros each. By buying this postcard you can support this self-managed project, learn more about our open call and download a 31-minute piece by Sajjra based on raw field recordings of this acoustic phenomenon. For people in Rotterdam there will be some postcards in Charlois. For the rest of the world they can be sended from there or from Turkey (shipping cost would have to be included). If you are interested write to this email addres galchrs(at)gmail(dot)com  or to Sajjra Sajjra (Facebook) or +33641521603 (Whats App).

Posted in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Melismas” postcards and sound!

Srpnt s Prsnt – Tour Dec. 2021

:::SERPENT IS PRESENT::::
::: Sajjra Tour DEC 2021:::

03.12 Stuttgart @ Neue Schachtel – Container City
04.12 Strasbourg @ La Maison Rose
06.12 Budapest@ Aurora
07.12 Prague @ Punctum
09.12 Vilnius @ Empty Brain Resalt
10.12 Brussels @ Q-O2 (playing “Melismas”)
11.12 Brussels @ Cafe Central
13.12 Rotterdam @ Radio Worm (playing “Melismas”)

Flyer by Margarita Milova
Picture: Sajjra`s live at Zangranica (Moscow, 2017)

I will play new and unreleased songs from Sajjra` and I will also perform with the audience a collective action related to my project “Melismas (voices modulated by Anatolian landscapes)”.

Information about the open call for residencies and sound walks “Melismas”

Forever or Never is NOW!

Posted in News, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Srpnt s Prsnt – Tour Dec. 2021

“Uchuraccay” cassette reviewed in Rockbook (Budapest)

“Uchuraccay” cassette reviewed in Rockbook (Budapest) : ” I thought long and hard about what “category” Uchuraccay could be placed in, but I had to realize that behind Sajjra’s alter ego, Xhrs Galarreta, each of his releases is something special inside and out: a documentation of an emphatic performance event, or an experiment that constantly pushes the morally and realistically constructed boundaries of our world. It asks questions and makes us think. It is capable of making time disappear. What lies beyond the psyche or matter? What lies behind low-frequency sounds barely perceptible to the human ear? Does real telekinesis exist? All these questions came to me after delving into them, and I still don’t really know the answers. In any case, fate has brought me together with an artist with an incredibly unique vision.” (By Lupus Canis)
To read all the review visit this link: Rockbook Budapest
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Uchuraccay” cassette reviewed in Rockbook (Budapest)

Aloardi and Evamuss mentioned in review about “History of the Peruvian Electronic Underground Music”

“In the 90s, Neo-Psychedelia would be the elixir of some inner circles such as Crísalida Sónica. This was an active element with a strong presence in the so-called Lima Norte: a whole generation nourished by Post Rock and Intelligent Electronic Music, from which names like the multi-disciplinary Aloardi platform would flourish (…) Under the alias of Evamuss, Christian Galarreta would publish a series of releases from the label-organization-collective ‘Aloardi’, which was also founded by him. A key figure in Lima’s experimental electronic music scene, his involvement in historical acts such as Crisálida Sónica, Evamuss left several sonic pieces that oscillate between post rock, ambient, and the more spiritualized psychedelia of the 90s.”
To read all the review visit this link: A Brief History of Peruvian Underground Electronic Music (90s-00s)

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aloardi and Evamuss mentioned in review about “History of the Peruvian Electronic Underground Music”

“Melismas” residence experience – Héloïse Francesconi’s impressions

Permanent open call and more information about the residence: link
“Melismas (voices modulated by the landscapes of Anatolia)” is a program of residencies and a series of sound walks to listen from a distance to the song of the Azan* modulated by the rural landscape of Demre (Turkey). The residence is organized since June 2021 by the artists Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta (Peru) and Margarita Milova (Russia).
Video trailer credits
Text: Héloïse Francesconi (composer, France. https://francesconiheloise.com).
Pictures and video editing: Margarita Milova.
Sounds: azan singings and Quran recitations recorded at Demre during the residence by Francesconi, Galarreta and Milova.
*The Azan is the Islamic call to pray, sung by a muezzin at prescribed times of the day from a high Minaret placed in a mosque.
Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Melismas” residence experience – Héloïse Francesconi’s impressions

Evamuss – Despierta, remedio, cuenta (Cassette, Schematic, USA, 2021)

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Evamuss – Despierta, remedio, cuenta (Cassette, Schematic, USA, 2021)

Saturday July 10 , double broadcast!

THIS SATURDAY JULY 10, let’s welcome the New Moon with a double broadcast from France and Tunisia.  LISTEN ON LINE to “Melismas (voices modulated by Anatolian landscapes)” and an interview about the working process of this piece. You can listen to it from two radio shows, each of them shaped differently by the magical sound design of Anton Mobin (Kool Kast – France) and Nidal Taha ( (Ma3azef – Badlcukwind radio show- Tunisia ) .
LINKS TO LISTEN AND RADIO SHOWS GLOBAL TIME
Ma3azef (Badlcukwind radio show) https://www.ma3azef.live/
11Hs00 LIMA / 17Hs00 TUNISIA / 18Hs00 PARIS / 19Hs00 TURKEY & MOSCOW / 00Hs00 BALI
Kool Kast https://stream.krashboyz.org/public/koolkast
15Hs00 LIMA / 22Hs00 PARIS / 21Hs00 TUNISIA / 23Hs00 TURKEY & MOSCOW / 04Hs00 BALI
“Melismas” is a piece based on raw field recordings made on location where the landscape radically modulates the sound of the “Azan” singings coming from the mosques of Demre (Anatolia-Turkey). No effects have been used in this piece. Play it loud!
Image: Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta recording the Azan chants and meeting Supay`s spirit in the mountains during the “Melismas” residency in Anatolia. More information about the open call to participate in this residency in the comments. Photo by Margarita Milova and Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta.
Melismas residences & sound-walks series link

Posted in News | Comments Off on Saturday July 10 , double broadcast!

Call for residences and sound-walk series “Melismas”

For the season from 20 June until 20 October 2021

A self managed residency with series of sound-walks to listen at a distance to the Azan* singing modulated by the rural landscape of Demre (Turkey).
This initiative is based on the ideas I applied when making the field recordings for the composition of “Melismas (voices modulated by Anatolian landscapes)”. This was a radio piece recently broadcasted by Q-O2 / Oscillation Festival – Tuned Circuits (Brussels) and which will be re-broadcasted by the online radio stations Kool Kast (France) and Ma3azef – Badlcukwind show- (Tunisia). The piece consists of raw field recordings acoustically affected only by the landscape, with no post-production effects other than equalization and cross-fades. You can listen to an excerpt of the radio piece in the video above.
It is not required to have any skill in sound, arts or any specific discipline to join this residency.
For specific details about the residency program, conditions, pictures of the locations and COVID-19 regulations, please read or download this PDF file.
For any extra information, please contact me through email : galchrs(at)gmail(dot)com
We can talk via FB chat, Skype and other means too. Email me to coordinate an appointment previously.
*The Azan is the Islamic call to pray, sung by a muezzin at prescribed times of the day from a high Minaret placed in a mosque.

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Call for residences and sound-walk series “Melismas”

Radio piece for Oscillation Festival 2021

On April 30 there will be a live broadcast of `Melismas (voices modulated by Anatolian landscapes)’ my radio piece which will be part of Oscillation Festival 2021 (Brussels). Follow the link below for more details about the festival. The piece is based on raw field recordings of landscapes perceived as radical acoustic filters of Azan singings. In order to share the experience of the development of this piece, soon I will announce a call to participate in a workshop / sound walk that will include a few days stay in Antalya (Turkey). For more information about the workshop write to this email: galchrs(at)gmail(dot)com
https://oscillation-festival.be/ 
About the piece:
“Even when the muezzins seems to sing the same Azan in the same tuning, rhythm  and at the same time, the distance between their locations (the Minarets) generates microtonal changes in our perception as listeners. I made these recordings in the paths and hills of Demre, a town placed between a chain of mountains and a valley that finishes in the Aegean Sea.  Depending of the position of the listener, you can perceive multilayered echoes and changes in the waves envelopes of the singing, among other effects. So, landscapes could be radical sounds filters and because this also mind-filters.  This phenomenon generates rhythms  which could influence in the timing of the singings for example. These rhythms also are present in other sounds of the surroundings, as the roar of the sea which -according to the weather- could be modulated by eroded wild marble stones , the water and the wind. So all is affected from different angles by the same landscape. This morphic resonance is in constant and retroactive feedback with us.  In the case of the singing: a rhythm suggested by the landscape could generate a musical or visual shape, a shape becomes part of the imaginary of a culture then a mind-set. All this is about tuning. It is a call.” (Sajjra Xhrs Galarreta, extract of an interview with Ugne Vyliaudaite)

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Radio piece for Oscillation Festival 2021

“Larynx Lux” premiere in Hangar (Barcelona)

“Larynx Lux” (Luz Laringea), my piece for the Voice-Skin project of Janneke van der Putten will be premiered on April 23 in Hangar (Barcelona) . The piece explores trance effects through throat singing and glottis attack vocal techniques, in combination with the exposure of the listener-singer to silence intervals and otoacoustic emissions played by mobile speakers. More information about “Laynx Lux” and other pieces composed by Werner Durand and Philemon Mukarno in the post below. The “Voice-Skin” was developed by Arden Rzewnicki, Jesse Howard and Janneke van der Putten in collaboration with me and the mentioned composers.

Rarefacció: Janneke Van der Putten / Noish

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Larynx Lux” premiere in Hangar (Barcelona)