Mesmeric, intimate and experimental, performances at the Reethaus reach out of everyday reality and into an elevated, contemplative plane.
Singer-songwriter, composer, cellist, performance artist and producer Kelsey Lu invites us into their liminal dream world for our first-ever performance at the Reethaus. Appearing live with cello and voice, Lu will reinterpret the score for their installation piece “The Lucid: A Dream Portal to Awakening” in an intimate exploration of the sonic frequencies of their subconscious during sleep. Light food and drinks will be served over the course of the program, and the performance will be followed by a panel discussion between series curator MJ Harper and Kelsey Lu, moderated by Kandis Williams.
To kick off their "Transmissions" series at the Reethaus, Soundwalk Collective performs their score to Laura Poitras’ Oscar-nominated documentary film "All the Beauty and the Bloodshed," a biographical documentary about the internationally renowned photographer, artist and activist Nan Goldin, for the first time in a live environment. Vocals will be performed by lead vocalist Mulay and members of the Berlin choir A Song for You, some of whom sang on the original score. Light food and drinks will be served over the course of the evening and the performance will be followed by a panel discussion.
Known for her raw storytelling approach melding performance art, music, dance and film, composer and artist Pan Daijing's multi-sensorial approach to music comes alive on the 360-degree spatial sound system in the Reethaus as part of Soundwalk Collective's "Transmissions" series. Food, wine, sake and cocktails will be served over the course of the evening, and the listening session will be followed by a conversation between Pan Daijing and Andrea Lissoni, curator of her upcoming solo exhibition at Haus der Kunst in Munich and of the 2019 Tate Modern debut performance of her five-act opera “Tissues.”
Presented by Soundwalk Collective and spatialized by MONOM, the Reethaus hosts a rare staging of an early composition by La Monte Young, one of the first American minimalist composers, a drone music pioneer and a central figure in Fluxus and postwar avant-garde music. The sound installation takes place during Young's 88th birthday and will include the full-length rendition of "The Well-Tuned Piano in the Magenta Lights: 87 V 10 6:43:00 PM — 87 V 11 1:07:45 AM NYC," a solo improvised work that he performed live in public over 65 times between 1974 and 1987 in the Marian Zazeela light environment.
As part of Soundwalk Collective's "Transmissions" series, Norwegian sound artist Jana Winderen performs a 16-channel sound composition using field recordings of fish, crustacea and mammals, part of her longtime project revealing underwater audio topographies and our interaction with them. Light food and drinks will be served over the course of the evening, and a panel discussion will follow the performance.
As part of Soundwalk Collective's "Transmissions" series, Lyra Pramuk performs a site-specific, neo-psychedelic curing ritual: auratic, emotional and sensual. Her sounds are built from liquified vocals and mystical electronics, offering transcendental qualities that exceed the pure listening-experience. Pramuk’s take on ancient folk music and spirituality is driven by the desire to explore the healing potentials of music. She fuses classical vocalism, pop sensibilities, performance practices and contemporary club culture, investigating the relation between technology and humanity and a post-human, non-binary understanding of life. Light food and drinks will be served over the course of the evening. The performance will be followed by moderated conversation with Lyra Pramuk and musical collaborator and synth virtuoso Caterina Barbieri.
As part of our exploration into traditional and sacred musical forms, the Reethaus welcomes Crystal Winds, a duo playing Carnatic music, one of two Indian classical music genres that evolved from ancient Hindu texts and traditions, particularly the Samaveda. The duo consists of Loup Barrow, one of the few musicians to play the Cristal Baschet, a chromatically tuned instrument invented in 1953, and a young virtuoso named Flute J. A. Jayant on the bansuri flute, an instrument dating back to the Vedic period. The glass rods of the Cristal Baschet are played with the fingertips to produce acoustic waves that comix with the sounds of the bansuri flute as the duo follows the strict rules of Carnatic music, including the rhythmic tala system.
“They will rattle your bones”, Mickey Hart said about the Gyuto Monks Tibetan Tantric Choir. No small praise coming from the drummer of the Grateful Dead. To launch our 2024 program at the Reethaus, Soundwalk Collective presents Hart’s 1986 recording of the choir, part of the Gyuto Order originating in Tibet in the 15th century. Their chanting was never heard outside the context of their temples until after the Chinese annexation of Tibet in 1959, when the order fled to India. At that point, their prayers became political, expressive of the Tibetan resistance, and a spiritual rallying cry for repressed peoples. “Close your eyes, leave behind your prejudices,” Hart said, “After an hour of their sound, you’ll be different, cleaner, lighter.”