Live at Salt Beyoğlu, Istanbul

On 27 December 2023 Heya played lived for the first time all together in one room after 4 years of working together, mostly remotely. Thank you to Salt staff for their support and our wonderful and patient live audio engineer team from MIAM.

Blue Spaces

For Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2021, members Nour Sokhon, Yara Mekawei, Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu and Jilliene Sellner bring us Blue Spaces – a film event that raises questions about class, gender and colonialism and how they relate to the climate crisis. Composed of voice, cello, sonic interventions, field recordings and video footage from Cairo, Beirut, Istanbul and Hastings, Blue Spaces is a stereo soundscape with an ethereal, fluid feel – existing in stark contrast to the realities of class, gender and the political and climate based traumas of the Middle East. The climate crisis that the world now faces is largely down to industry and consumerism that is rooted in the Western world, yet a lack of responsibility for these realities still endures. The impact that this activity is now having across the Middle East falls mainly on the shoulders of women and the working class – themes that will be reflected in the sounds and visual work of Blue Spaces.

Blue Spaces is installed in Beirut Art Centre’s “Maintain” Exhibition from November 2022 to February 2023 (now extended), pictured in images above.

We Are Here But Not All,

Berlin School of Sound

This event, We Are Here But Not All, is the first in person performance together in May 2022, hosted by Berlin School of Sound, of three of the members of Heya (Sokhon, Sellner and Mekawei). The fourth member (Hatipoğlu)responded to the performance asynchronously with cello. Using voice, field recordings, software and hardware, the semi-improvised live sound work will be the culmination of several years of remote networked collaborations and shared experiences which, despite not all of us having met yet, have cultivated a space for care and hope in action.

Expanded Turn, Neue Kunstraum (NKR), Düsseldorf

it…feels like something from another life… is a sound piece from Nour Sokhon and Jilliene Sellner as part of Expanded Turn; a commissioned collection of works for Neue Kunstraum Düsseldorf (NKR). We had invited contributions from the public in Hastings (UK), Beirut, and Düsseldorf responding to a set of questions that explore the senses during the pandemic. We are very grateful to those who sent us their words, photos and videos. Making all of the work was fascinating and is the beginning of a larger, ongoing archive.

Sonic Dispatches, Beast Feast

Heya made a short dispatch for Beast Feast 2021, hosted at Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre, University of Birmingham. The piece melds sounds recorded during lockdown or unlockdown from Beirut, Istanbul, Cairo and Hastings to create this (we think) rather moving and beautiful soundscape.

World Listening Day 2021

World Listening Day 2021

World Listening Day 2021 on Framework Radio

In 2021 Heya participated in World Listening Day – we spent a simultaneous one hour recording and writing/drawing responses to our sound environment, considering how privilege might be embedded in field recording and listening practices. The results are available here. Yara Mekawei broadcasted an edited version of the day’s recording on Radio Submarine.

Symposium with Teatro Bairro Alto, Lisbon

Heya members, Zeynep Ayşe Hatipoğlu and Jilliene Sellner record a networked jam between UK and Turkey in April 2020 as part of a symposium with Teatro Bairro Alto, Lisbon. The dialogue with music curator Diana Combo about the Heya project and perspectives of artists working outside of ‘Western’ infrastructures where freedom of movement and speech has not been a given and compare and contrast to the lockdown experience globally can be found here.

Sonic Electronics, Iklectik, London

On 31 Oct 2020, Heya performed a live networked jam between Egypt, Turkey, UK and Brasil for Sonic Electronics for Iklectik London curated by Laura Netz.

Sound in Motion/Norient

Nour Sokhon and Jilliene Sellner’s prerecorded live experimental networked jam between the UK and Lebanon via LiveSHOUT and Locus Sonus maps recorded for a public concert and performance evening concluding a two day Sound in Motion Conference at Bern University, Switzerland in Partnership with Norient – Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture.