Ann Dyer's "Vak: Song of Becoming"
by E. "Doc" Smith‚
Sep. 20‚ 2013
"Inspired by the ancient Indian goddess Vak, who creates the world through sound vibration, Vak: Song of Becoming calls on ancient yoga philosophies to create an immersive sonic experience. The new work, commissioned by YBCA, comes out of a period in which Dyer withdrew from a successful recording and performing career as a jazz vocalist to explore her personal relationship to voice and self through the study of Indian sound practices. In the piece, Dyer experiments with these ancient principles in a new, contemporary context, creating a monumental work at a new intersection of art and mindfulness..." This Friday and Saturday night, Dyer brings "Vak" to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
"Composed by Dyer and Tim Volpicella with choreography by Erika Chong Shuch, the piece brings together Dyer’s close collaborators over the last twenty years— John Shifflett on bass, Jason Lewis on drums, co-composer Tim Volpicella on guitar, and featured soloist Hafez Modirzadeh on saxophones—with the recently created Vak Choir of “every day” voices. The Vak Choir's voices represent all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, and are encouraged to find unity in diversity.
Vak: Song of Becoming challenges assumptions about voice, listening, and the role of performance in a modern musical awakening...."
Ann Dyer: Vak: Song of Becoming
Fri-Sat, Sep 20-21, 8 PM
General: $30 in Advance / $35 at the Door
Student, Senior, Teacher: $25 in Advance / $30 at the Door
YBCA Members: $25
FREE for YBCA:You
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