Just a short announcement! I (Jilliene) have been formally accepted to the Music PhD research program at Goldsmiths London with Iris Garrelfs and Holly Rogers as my supervisors. This means that in the Autumn 2020 I will transfer the research project from Sussex (currently on ‘interim’) to Goldsmiths. I’m super excited. I think this is great news for the project and for all of its collaborators! Stay tuned!
Over the past few week we’ve been working toward a live networked performance between Berlin, Istanbul, Vienna and Cairo for Art’s Birthday with Deutschlandfunk Kultur Klangkunst and ORF Kunstradio which are part of the expert group Ars Acustica of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). This group is celebrating together with artists, art institutions, museums, etc each year the Art’s Birthday on January 17th, following a concept of the French Fluxus artist Robert Filliou. He suggested that 1,000,000 years ago “A man took a dry sponge and dropped it into a bucket full of water. Who that man was is not important. He is dead but art is alive.” Filliou’s ideas have inspired many artists until today.
More info about Art’s Birthday can be found here: http://www.kunstradio.at/PROJECTS/AB/
Since 2004 the EBU Ars Acustica group has joined the international Art’s birthday celebrations. The contributed contents like most of the participants of the Art’s Birthday Network (http://artsbirthday.net) do – as “presents” for ART. Via ISDN-lines and/or the Internet the contributions are collected at two points, in Vienna (ORF) and Berlin (DLF Kultur) where they are sent to the two EBU satellite channels Haydn (H) and Liszt (L). Both satellite channels (H and L) offer “ready-to-broadcast” materials along with signature-tunes and broadcast-identifications. Both channels can also be further mixed or remixed with other live-material.
So now myself (in Vienna) and 3 colleagues, Nour Sokhon in Berlin, Yara Mekawei in Cairo and Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu in Istanbul, are setting up to rehearse via locusonus. More info to come shortly!
Album that some of us have been involved in is being released next week!
Press release – for immediate release
- arts / activism platform Tse Tse Fly Middle East and UK charity FORWARD team up for an album of spoken word and experimental music album on the issue of FGM
- all-female line-up of experimental musicians and artists
Leading UK-based African diaspora women’s campaign and support organisation FORWARD – in partnership with arts and activism platform Tse Tse Fly Middle East – is set to release These Are Our Friends Too a unique album that highlights the work it does to eradicate FGM (female genital mutilation). The album is the brainchild of FORWARD’s Naomi Reid and founder of Tse Tse Fly Middle East Simon Coates, and continues FORWARD’s These Are Our Friends project, a collection of poetry from young people from London, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham that responds to the themes of FGM and its attendant consequences. The first stage of the project resulted in a book of the same name that features more than thirty pieces of work, a short film made with Media Trust, and the new collaboration sees nineteen of the poems re-imagined.
Known for their live experimental music productions, interventions and artworks that are used to draw attention to human rights issues, Tse Tse Fly Middle East have hand-picked a selection of female artists and musicians, and each one has been given a spoken word recording of one of the poems read by members of the FORWARD team. The artists then composed and recorded a sonic background for their designated piece, with the resulting spoken word and experimental music compositions making up the new, nineteen-track set, These Are Our Friends Too. The album features contributions from some of the foremost female proponents of noise from Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Serbia, Bulgaria and Sweden, as well as UK-based collaborators. And the visceral, uncompromising and unsettling tracks that result reflect the disturbing nature of female genital mutilation.
These Are Our Friends Too will be released as a digital download on the Bandcamp platform – as well as being available to stream online – on September 20th 2019.
Everyone involved has given their time for free, with all proceeds from sales of the album going directly to FORWARD.
- I’m Only Human – composer: Negin Zomorodi (Iran) / writer: Ayan Ali / read by Kabung
- A Day In My Life – composer: Maryam Nazari (Iran) / writer: Muna Abdi-Hajj / read by: Kabung
3. She Said – composer: Ola Saad (Egypt) / writer: Riyaan Ali / read by: Cherrelle
4. The Arrangement – composer: Cathy Lane (UK) / writer: Rasha Farah / read by: Wangu
5. Hush Little Baby – composer: Nilufar Habibian (Iran) / writer: Anam Ali / read by: Wangu
6. Speak Out – composer: Parisa Shirvani (UK) / writer: Mariam Fall / read by: Nafisa
7. What A Woman Must Do – composer: Kumah (Serbia) / writer: Saria Khalifa / read by: Angela
8. So What – composer: Polly Petrova (Bulgaria) / writer: Anfal Ali / read by: Kabung
- Me, I Don’t Mind – composer: Maryam Nazari (Iran) / writer: Emmanuel Kabanza / read by: Imhotep
- Tsunami – composer: Kumah (Serbia) / writer: Nima Nuur / read by: Nafisa
- Keynote Speaker – composer: Nour Sokhon (Lebanon) / writer: Rashida Sanni / read by: Cherrelle
- Game Face – composer: Iida Aino (Sweden) / writer: Ikram Nur / read by: Cherrelle
- I Know Her – composer: Jacqueline George (Egypt) / writer: Kaltun Duale / read by: Cherrelle
- We, Us, Community – composer: Stephanie Merchak (Lebanon) / writer: Foosiya Ahmed / read by: Wangu
- Choices – composer: Nour Sokhon (Lebanon) / writer: Cherelle Salmon / read by: Cherrelle
- When the Sun Goes Down – composer: Rhéa Dally (Lebanon) / writer: Siham Ahmed / read by: Angela
- The Party Plan – composer: Jilliene Sellner feat. the Brain Dead Ensemble (UK) / writer: Fanta Kone / read by: Nafisa
- She Walks / That Sword – composer: Hüma Utku (Turkey) / writer: Rahman Duale / read by: Nafisa
- That Magnificent Colour – composer: Dr Mariam Rezaei / writer: Habon Duale / read by: Nafisa
FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) is the leading African women-led organisation working on female genital mutilation, child marriage and other forms of violence against women and girls in the UK and Africa. For 33 years they have been committed to safeguarding the rights and dignity of African girls and women. They do this through community engagement, women’s empowerment, training of professionals, research, and international advocacy.
About Tse Tse Fly Middle East
Formed in the UAE in 2015 and now based in London, Tse Tse Fly Middle East is a non-profit organisation that produces live events, artwork and interventions to draw attention to human rights and freedom of speech issues.
Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons (WHO). It is also sometimes referred to as female genital cutting or female circumcision. There are no health benefits to FGM and it is recognised internationally as a human rights violation.
More information here: http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/key-issues/fgm
High res / low res photos (of artwork and artists) and logos available on request
Notes to Editors:
∙ FORWARD has been campaigning against FGM and other forms of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) affecting African women and girls for 27 years.
∙ FORWARD’s key areas of work are: female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and related rights abuses of girls and women.
∙ FORWARD works in the UK, Europe and Africa to help change practices and policies that affect access, dignity and wellbeing. http://www.forwarduk.org.uk Twitter: @FORWARDUK
∙ For media enquiries please contact: Naomi Reid – Naomi@forwarduk.org.uk 020 8960 4000 or Simon Coates – firstname.lastname@example.org
This public concert and performance evening will conclude a two day Workshop at Bern University. Infos and program can be found here: https://sound-density-environment.com/workshop-sound-in-motion/
In Patnership with Norient – Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture. www.norient.com
This September Jilliene Sellner (UK) and Nour Sokhon(Lebabon) will record a live networked sonic collaboration via LiveSHOUT and Locus Sonus maps. The recording and video will be installed at the Sound in Motion conference at the University of Bern, Switzerland. Stay tuned to hear the results which will also be posted on this website.
This site is a collaborative meeting point for conversations, interviews, podcasts and to showcase women (including non-binary identifying) in or from the Middle Eastern region who create sound and music as a creative act.
The aim over the next 4 years is to work towards collaborative recordings, a live event, possibly a festival and record label.
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