a pop-up musical installation

"Dawn... like petals of drenched roses."

 Bhanuji Rao,

(tr. Jayanta Mahapatra)

ABOUT

Today, courtesy of the Internet, musical styles from all ages exist at once, and no single style represents the moment. Secrets of Dawn is taking advantage of this avalanche of information as a unique opportunity for a large-scale collaborative creation.

The "Secrets" began from an idea to bring together a diverse group of composers/performers of original music specifically rooted in Middle Eastern folklore, for a two week-long residency at Boston University.

 

We like to think of the eventual piece as a musical garden of sorts, not a concert. Following the immersive workshop, the final three days culminated in several pop-up installations on campus. Groups of students and visiting musicians staged semi-improvised musical "flash-mobs" taking place at a certain pre-determined time.

The workshop culminated in a musical installation that uses the phenomena of Dawn across the various musical cultures of the Middle East as a unifying thread.

Selected soloists and community members acted as “messengers” — presenting members of the audience with individual “gifts” of a poem, or a song, prompting transformative experience between strangers attending the installation.

Secrets of Dawn, as well as the audience reaction to it, was  selectively video-taped and recorded throughout the three weeks period. During the final night, a larger event, with over thiry musicians, was staged at the Ellipse building on Bay State Road. Audience members were welcome to wander in and out, experience the sound and visuals from different angles of the venue, stay as long as they wish, or participate in the dawn poetry pit-stop at the entrance.

Secrets of Dawn, Boston University

Reactions from Audience Members

PARTICIPANTS

Hankus Netsky

clarinet, piano

Pouya Shabanpour

daf, dareye

Yair Harel

percussion

Nori Jacoby

viola

Yonatan Niv

cello

Farzin Denghan

 

kamanche

Hamed Tabkhi

tar, setar

Deepti Navaratna

voice

Eden McAdam Somer

violin / voice

Parham Haghighi

voice

Nash Tomey

double bass

Matthew Shifrin

voice/accordion

Matti Kovler

 

piano

Matinee Shaker

voice

Orlando Cela

flute

Trey Pratt

conductor

Christina Smith

voice

Renee Francis Piper

voice

Rachel Steinberg

voice

Magdelena Tang

voice

Jonathan Mott

voice

Benjamin Low

 

voice

Chad Putka

voice

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