Collaboration is central to artist Tarek Atoui’s work. Before The Whisperers opened to the public, three musicians-in-residence each spent two weeks experimenting with innovative sound-making materials Atoui designed, and these experiments helped to inform his Austin installation.
In this performance, musician-in-residence Parham Daghighi takes this research full circle by responding to the artist’s completed installation, with guest collaborator Megan Easley.
This performance is free with General Admission. Advanced registration is highly recommended.
Throughout the run of the exhibition, we invite you to experience Tarek Atoui: The Whisperers in some new and unexpected ways:
Book tickets to a formal performance to experience how the musicians-in-residence and their collaborators have experimented with the artist’s work to create new ways of perceiving sound.
Delve into explorations of sound in guided listening sessions led by musicians and other facilitators.
Visit the exhibition anytime and experience compositions of sounds emitted by the objects on view, reverberating throughout the space, and challenging your notions of what sound can do.
Visit www.thecontemporaryaustin.org/events to see the full schedule of these unique performances and events!
Due to the format of the performances, capacity is limited, and late arrivals will not be admitted. Please reserve your spot and arrive early!
About Megan: Houston-born experimental sound artist Megan Easely draws inspiration from eternal fascinations with music and the natural world. Merging these fascinations into one creative practice, in 2008, Easely began exploring experimental sound using water percussively. Driven by curiosity, Easely continues to expand her repertoire through investigating the possibilities of water sounds. Easely has been invited to perform by presenters and art spaces including Nameless Sound, Diverse Works, the New Orleans Museum of Art, El77 Centro Cultural Autogestivo (CDMX), and The Menil Collection’s Byzantine Fresco Chapel. She aspires to create an experience that speaks to both human and non-human audiences. Using water as an instrument, she seeks to give water a “voice” and hopes that those who listen will take away a deeper appreciation for our water, and all life forms that surround us.
About Parham: 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.