revolting music live: Ginsberg, Cape Town, New York – july 2014

happy salve friends.

2014 sees another collaboration with the johannesburg worksop in theory and criticism (JWTC) and the seminar on experimental critical theory (SECT) with performances featuring:

ABELUSI (19h00, july 7th, steve biko centre, ginsberg),

neo muyanga’s KWACHA trinity (20h00, july 11th, hiddingh hall, uct, cape town)

see the poster here

and celebrate brooklyn (19h30, july 25th, prospect park, brooklyn, new york) featuring:

a survey of songs that liberated south africa,

a live score performed to william kentridge’s animated film, “second-hand reading”

see the details here

REMINDER: BRUNDYN TALKS 3-Neo Muyanga, Wednesday 14 May

BRUNDYN+

REMINDER

BRUNDYN TALK 3 | REVOLTING MUSIC:
A BRIEF SURVEY OF THE SONGS THAT LIBERATED SOUTH AFRICA

By Neo Muyanga

BRUNDYN+

Wednesday 14 May 2014

6pm

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BRUNDYN+ is pleased to present Brundyn Talks, a series of monthly talks, which will be held at the gallery’s video room. The talks are a platform for the public to engage with interdisciplinary discourse presented by artists, curators, academics, literary scholars, musicians and filmmakers to name but a few.

The third talk will be held by Neo Muyanga and focuses on a survey of protest songs that played a key role in South Africa’s liberation.

Entrance to the talks is free; however, please RSVP to justin to book as seats are limited.

CDs will be available after the talk.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER | Neo Muyanga

Born in Soweto, Neo Muyanga is a composer and librettist; writing music, plays, chorus songs and creating a variety of works for chamber and large ensemble. He studied the Italian Madrigal tradition with choral maestro, Piero Poclen, in Trieste, Italy and his operetta, The Flower of Shembe, premiered to critical acclaim in 2012. He is a fellow of W.I.S.E.R. (the Wits institute for social and economic research), SA/Duke University, North Carolina and of the Aspen institute’s Global Leadership Network (AGLN), Aspen, Colorado. Neo co-founded the Pan African Space station- a web-based portal for cutting-edge music and art of the diaspora – with Chimurenga publishing editor, Ntone Edjabe. In the mid 90’s he co-founded the internationally recognised acoustic pop duo, Blk Sonshine with Masauko Chipembere, and continues to tour widely both as a solo performer and in various band guises. He has composed collaborated with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Chimurenga magazine and the Prince Claus Fund; the Handspring Puppet Company, Paco Pena and the Southbank centre, London and William Kentridge.

Neo is currently working on a new opera entitled, The Struggle is My Life based on an episode in the life of Nelson Mandela and commissioned by Opera Africa.

hade Tata for Renee Reznek

the past months i’ve spent composing a new one-act opera reflecting on the legacy of utata, nelson mandela.
the work has been commissioned by opera africa and is due to open in joburg shortly.
one of the most interesting trinkets to come out as an off-shoot of this greater project is a little piece especially commissioned by london-based contemporary pianist, renee reznek, called “hade tata”.
renee has written her first ever blog about the prospect here:
reneereznekblog.wordpress.com

she will be performing the new work as part of her programme in and around the uk later this year (please see the details below) and also during the joburg mozart festival in early 2015.

PRESS RELEASE 2014.pdf

warm regards,
neo

neo muyanga at columbia

MUYANGA.poster.pdf

STUDIO @
and BARNARD AFRICANA STUDIES
with the INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN AND GENDER

present
NEO MUYANGA in conversation with YVETTE CHRISTIANSE

September 24, 12:30pm; 754 Schermerhorn Extension

Neo Muyanga is a composer and founder of the Pan-African Space Station, a music platform on the internet and in venues across the African world, streaming cutting edge music live online 24/7. His own work ranges from Italian madrigal and improvisational jazz to music-performance works based in the archive of slavery, the histories of South African music and the cultural forms emerging in the Indian ocean.

Yvette Christianse is a novelist, poet and literary critic from South Africa. She is professor of English and Africana Studies at Barnard College.

Together, they’ll talk about Neo’s work across media, the place of music in South African radical histories, and the pleasures of play-ing with poetics.

Hosted by Rosalind Morris, curator of Studio @.

All are welcome. Lunch will be served.