PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTS: OU L'ORIGINE DU MONDE
Gerard Reyes, director, choreographer, dancer
World premiere live show dates in Montréal: June 10-12, 2021
I have had the pleasure of working as a vocal coach with Gerard Reyes and his dancers for this provocative, incisive, beautiful project, an immersive video installation and live dance performance that stretches the sensual body beyond the limiting binaries of public/private and art/pornography.
VAK: SONG OF BECOMING
A MODERN MUSICAL AWAKENING
Ann Dyer & the Vak Choir of "Everyday" Voices
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
Vak: Song of Becoming is an inter-disciplinary, full-length musical piece by Ann Dyer that explores the profound impact sound — and particularly voice — has on our experience of being.
Inspired by the ancient Indian goddess Vak who creates the world through sound vibration, Vak: Song of Becoming calls on yogic sound philosophies and practices originally used for seeking Realization to create a immersive sonic experience. Built on a choir of 108 “everyday” voices, Vak: Song of Becoming blurs the lines between audience and performer, ancient and contemporary, aesthetic and spiritual in a concert experience that arouses our awareness of self and our connection to others: a modern musical awakening
The Vak Project is a creative presenting, performing and educational initiative committed to awakening the public's relationship to sound and voice through performance and practice.
Ann Dyer & theVak choir of "Everyday" Voices
San Francisco Asian Art Musuem
Commissioned by the San Francisco Asian Art Museum for the Smithsonian Institute's touring exhibition "Yoga: The Art of Transformation"...
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composer: Hafez Modrzadeh
Recorded Live In Concert at the Presidio, San Francisco
“Holly” is an original composition by saxophonist/composer Hafez Modirzadeh based off the spoken lyricism of a Holly Woodlawn interview. Woodlawn was a transgender icon noted for her early film work with Andy Warhol. Her description of the transformative process is embodied in the musical score, moving from "Holly" to "Haleh" (farsi for “aura”), Holly's “freer soul.” Woodlawn’s soundings go beyond her own story, her words, transcending language, and gender, emoting an aura believed to be our own haleh (or “halo”) of being simply human.