SAVAKA Vol.12 Performance: Two works
Aug 9, 2014 Saturday 19:00 - 21:00
2F Y.W.C.A Building (Shanghai 133 Yuanmingyuan Road)
Traveling all year round with an equipment of 17 kilograms requiring 15 minutes to install and pack, these simple devices have become life’s necessity.
How simple can it be? After being deprived from techniques, how can the body get connected to the stage through musical instruments? How can a performance become ceremonial or sound become spiritual?
The sound of a work relies on the electricity of a given site—whether or not there is underground wiring, the level of quality of the patch board. Moreover, it depends on whether the sound engineer uses a limiter, as well as on the performer’s body and its resistance to electricity. The rest is improvisation.
Another work breaks down music improvisation to three categories: phonic, silent and the relationship between them. Without a vertical axis, only harmony and space are left, time corresponding to the horizontal axis. Time is a secret.
Yan Jun (born in 1973, Lanzhou city, Gansu province), lives and works in Beijing as a musician.
He has been working on improvisational music, field recording and sound creation. He uses simple electronic devices to perform improvisational music based on sound feedback. Characteristics of sound relies on a given space as well as sound box. These are also affected by the audience, the ambient sound and the performer’s movements that may be unstable, uncontrollable and strange.
Yan Jun has put together projects such as “Living Room Tour” and ‘Micro Feedback’ and is otherwise known as an organizer and planner. He is the founder of Impro Committee and Sub Jam.He has toured in the US, Australia, Europe and Asia, and sometimes participates in exhibitions. Yan Jun also writes.
Personal website: yanjun.org
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