In Umva! Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman puts her Rwandan grandfather, the 112-year-old Kanyoni Ladislas, at the centre. In the course of his long life as a traditional doctor and hunter he witnessed Rwanda transform through colonisation, the struggle for independence, genocides and post-war bloodbaths into the fragile country it is today. Using headphones and 3D sound, Lierman will immerse you in a hybrid sound world with instrumental and vocal music, sound effects, ‘Afrique concrète’ and abstract electronics, between radio art and storytelling.
Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman: Umva!
COPRESENTATION NOVEMBER MUSIC, ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTER, as part of SOUNDS NOW
Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman
Fascinated by the narrative power of abstract sound and music, Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman often adds dramatic and documentary elements to a music compositional structure (or just the other way around). Her oeuvre is therefore multidisciplinary and balances itself between radio art, installation art, performance art, voice art and composition.
The common thread is her vast collection of unique field recordings and soundscapes from rural and urban contemporary East Africa. Sound by sound Lierman transforms and models all those self-collected sounds into something she describes as "Afrique Concrète".
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