Audiovisual performance @ Meet factory, Prague, 21st of September, 2018, with Darrel Jónsson in his Urban Space Epics Studio.
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Darrell Jonsson (video art), Roza Po (impro dance) and Andrej Kocan (audio&video recording, audio art)
This audiovisual work fuses music made and recorded in local, mostly indigenous, communities around the world with western music. Thus the finished productions contrast the work and feel of musics made in local communities with that made in and for postmodern, industrialized societies. These presentations evoke in the audience awareness of and reflection on fast transformations currently at work in the world. By listening to, and flowing with, these changes, a track or path for spiritual travel emerges, and invites the listener to travel across time, space and states of mind and feeling.
All audio and video material presented is recorded by myself during field works undertaken in the 6 years of studying at the Royal Danish Academy of Music - program tonmeister. The video was selected, manipulated and mixed live by Darrell Jonsson.
During the last years, I focused on recording traditional or local musics of different worlds among local communities, mainly focusing on documenting them in high quality audio. The music is recorded in Yunnan, Sichuan and Guangxi provinces of China, the Philippines, the Ukraine, and former Yugoslavia. Some of the musicians originate from Europe, India, Xinjiang and other parts of China. They were recorded in the studios of Royal Danish Academy of Music and in the studio at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.
This first performance took place on 21st of September, 2018. Each and every further screening will be a unique experience, since audio and video are mixed live, interacting with each other and the atmosphere of the given space of each performance case. After the first performance, it became clear that we were able to transform the auditorium into a spiritual space, a space where one can feel and practically connect to the work, the performers, and to other audiences. Such a form of presentation crosses borders between ethnomusicological research and fine arts.