IMAGE: Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers (featuring Henna Chou), The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center on Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, 2022. Artwork © Tarek Atoui. Photograph by Brad Marcum.

The Whisperers Guided Listening Session

Wind down and join us for an intimate and unique sonic experience. You’ll be treated to ambient and experimental sounds during this exclusive listening session, presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers. Resident musician Henna Chou and guest collaborator Andrea Cortez will lead you through this very special musical journey.

Artist and composer Tarek Atoui is winner of the 2022 Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize. His experimentation with sound as an expanded sensory experience is acclaimed worldwide.

Due to the nature of this program, capacity is limited. Reserve your spot in advance!

Andrea Cortez, MM, MT-BC, is a board-certified music therapist who uses the power of music to create positive change in the listener. Her work focuses on how rhythm, harmony, and other elements of sound can help improve the health of mind and body. Andrea is a harpist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and sound meditation teacher. In addition to working individually with people, her work explores the relationship between the elements of music and the natural world. She incorporates playing music with animals and plants, demonstrating the essence of music as a natural and fundamental structure. She is the owner of Mind Body Music Center, a sound therapy studio in Austin, where she is based.

Henna Chou (she/they) is a sound explorer with experiences living in Tucson, AZ; Overland Park, KS; Berkeley, CA; Ames, IA; Montpelier, VT; and Beijing, China. Chou volunteers with Church of the Friendly Ghost and Salvage Vanguard Theater and enjoys participating in Austin’s creative community as a cellist, guitarist, keyboardist, and sound artist. Previous participations include working with Paper Chairs Theater, BLiPSWiTCH, Collide Arts, The Blanton Museum of Art, New Music Co-Op, Stop Motion Orchestra, Go: Organic Orchestra, Phonography Austin, Golden Hornet, Heloise Gold, and The Resonant Lung.