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

Sit back and breathe as you are treated to ambient and experimental sounds during a guided listening session presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers. You’ll be led through this one-of-a-kind experience by musician-in-residence Parham Daghighi with collaborator Sarah Ruth. You are sure to leave the session thinking and feeling about sound in new ways.

About Parham Daghighi
Parham Daghighi is an Iranian-American multi-instrumentalist and experimentalist active in contemporary improvised music. Recent foci include amplified acoustic guitar, drum set, clarinet, and instruments from the Persian art music tradition including setar and tombak. Daghighi is a core member of Texas-based exploratory music groups SSBT and Virginity, though his practice allows him to interface with any musician or artist interested in working improvisationally. Since 2010, Daghighi has performed regularly in Texas in numerous venues, concert series, and music festivals. Daghighi has also performed with international artists in cities throughout the US, in Mexico City, Toronto Ontario & Vancouver BC, Canada.

About Sarah Ruth
Sarah Ruth is a diverse musician and artist. A multi-instrumentalist, she employs hammered dulcimer, harmonium, electroacoustic sound art, and extended vocal techniques. She performs frequently both solo and with multiple bands and improvisational ensembles in the North Texas area. She is a University of North Texas graduate where she focused on vocal studies and electroacoustic composition. She has also studied with Meredith Monk and members of her vocal ensemble. She tours nationally and her recent albums have been released on Pour le Corps Music, Tofu Carnage Records, and Obsolete Media Objects.

About Tarek Atoui
Artist and composer Tarek Atoui is the 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 the program, capacity is limited. Reserve your spot in advance!