Gender of Sound, Listening Set #4: Sarah Hennies & Leif Elggren

10 Feb 2019 - 14:00 - 18:00


Gender of Sound is an artistic research and development project led by
artists Susanna Jablonski and Cara Tolmie that explores past, present
and future debates on the position of gender, performativity and
resistance within sound. Attempting to find ways to listen together with
specific emphasis on how we might perceive music through a frame of
gender the project hosts an ongoing series of Listening Sets and
Listening Sessions. These events endeavour to find a collective language
to reflect upon what we hear, how it affects our bodies, its poetic
dimension, its political and cultural implications and how this might
relate both to personal and common experience.

This Listening Set will present two works by Sarah Hennies and Leif
. Each set will last up to 20 minutes after which there will be
time to find ways to reflect together upon what we have just heard. By
searching for a diverse collective language in this reflection we want
to begin to understand how we listen and what it might tell us about the
preferences, histories and associations we each hold within our bodies.
For this reason it is important that this process learns from a wide
range of testimonies from friends, peers and a wider public — so please
join us!

All experience or inexperience, passion, scepticism, excitement and
taste towards music is warmly welcomed.

This event is presented as part of the Fourth Edition Festival for Other Music

Sarah Hennies

Sarah Hennies (b. 1979, Louisville, KY) is a composer based in Ithaca,
NY whose work is concerned with a variety of musical, sociopolitical,
and psychological issues including queer & trans identity, love,
intimacy, psychoacoustics, and percussion. She is primarily a composer
of solo and chamber works, but is also active in improvisation, film,
performance art, and dance. She presents her work internationally as
both a composer and percussionist with notable performances at Le Guess
Who (Utrecht), Festival Cable (Nantes), send + receive (Winnipeg), O’
Art Space (Milan), The OBEY Convention (Halifax), Cafe Oto (London),
ALICE (Copenhagen), and the Edition Festival (Stockholm). As a composer,
she has received commissions across a wide array of performers and
ensembles including Bearthoven (NYC), Bent Duo (NYC), Cristian Alvear
(Santiago), Claire Chase (NYC), R. Andrew Lee (Denver), LIMINAR (Mexico
City), The Living Earth Show (San Francisco), The Thin Edge New Music
Collective (Toronto), Two-Way Street (Knoxville), and Yarn/Wire (NYC).

In late 2017 she premiered the groundbreaking work, Contralto at Issue
Project Room (NYC), a film exploring transfeminine identity that uses
aspects of “voice feminization” therapy as artistic material. The piece
features a cast of transgender women accompanied by a dense and varied
live score for string quartet and three percussionists. The work
received widespread acclaim and will be performed on the opening night
of the Fourth Edition Festival for Other Music at MDT.

Hennies is currently a member of improvised music group Meridian with
Greg Stuart and Tim Feeney, a duo with sound/performance artist Jason
Zeh, and the Queer Percussion Research Group with Jerry Pergolesi, Bill
Solomon, and Jennifer Torrence.

Leif Elggren

Leif Elggren is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm.

Active since the late 1970s, Leif Elggren has become one of the most
constantly surprising conceptual artists to work in the combined worlds
of audio and visual. A writer, visual artist, stage performer and
composer, he has many albums to his credits, solo and with the Sons of
God, on labels such as Ash International, Touch, Radium and his own
Firework Edition. His music, often conceived as the soundtrack to a
visual installation or experimental stage performance, usually presents
carefully selected sound sources over a long stretch of time and can
range from mesmerizingly quiet electronics to harsh noise. His
wide-ranging and prolific body of art often involves dreams and subtle
absurdities, social hierarchies turned upside-down, hidden actions and
events taking on the quality of icons.


Samproduktion med Edition Festival