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
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:
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
and BARNARD AFRICANA STUDIES
with the INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH ON WOMEN AND GENDER
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.