GHOM! is a gibberish cantata for an ensemble of singers, based on texts in a variety of invented and transmuted languages. Roughly portraying the rite of passage of one of the participants, GHOM!'s ever evolving form is an experiment in the creation of a new, self-critical post-colonial liturgy, cannibalizing different esoteric traditions - from the songs of West Bengal’s “Baul” minstrels to the Ayahuasca chants of the "Santo Daime" church - into an imagined and often ironic collective attempt to reach spiritual transcendence.
Music and concept by Noam Enbar / Directed by Nir Shauloff
Text by Yonatan Levy / Curated by Ruti Direktor
Avshalom Ariel / Tomer Damsky / Noam Enbar / Michal Oppenheim / Alma Glodshmit Oppenheim / Yair Polishook / Adam Scheflan
Video: Itamar Mendes Phlor / Yoni Zlobin
Sound: Marco Milevsky
Staged at Tel-Aviv Museum, Feb. 2017