2018 05 18 • Bahrain Pavillion, Venice Architechture Biennale

Join us in Venice this week to hear Spectral Cityscape No 1., my first sound installation/composition, and watch me present my new Electric Oud Solo, as part of the Bahrain Pavillion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Spectral Cityscape No. 1 is an eight-channel sound installation of microtonal synthesis and field recordings, comissioned for and premiered as part of Friday Sermon, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s National Participation at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition - La Biennale de Venezia, curated by Nora Akawi and Noura El-Sayeh.

The composition, which runs every Friday at noon from 25 May – 23 November 2018, takes an abstract look at the pavilion’s topic - the Friday Sermon - within the biennale-wide theme of Freespace. Based on a synthesised rendition of the Friday call to prayer as if heard from above an Arab city’s sprawling architechture, it is inspired by a trip I made to Damascus in 2010 before the war in Syria.

On Friday 25 May the composition will run at midday and will be followed by performances from Giuseppe Ielasi and myself at 16:00. 

For more information on the installation please check it’s project page here.
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