Travelling a short film by Muyassar Kurdi w/ MV Carbon and David First
Jul 06, 2017
a short film by Muyassar Kurdi
Muyassar Kurdi is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work encompasses sound, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, photography, and film. She has toured extensively in the U.S. and throughout Europe, including the Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and the UK in both England and Scotland. A versatile improviser, Muyassar has composed and performed music for voice, harmonium, piano, lyre, autoharp, and theremin in both solo and collaborative environments. She currently focuses her attention to interweaving homemade electronic instruments and sculpture into her vocal and dance performances, stirring a plethora of emotions from her audience members through vicious noise, ritualistic chants, and meditative movements. Kurdi studied voice and dance with legendary vocalist, dancer and recording artist Meredith Monk via The House Foundation, as well as learning the Japanese dance tradition of Butoh with Tadashi Endo, director of the Butoh Center MAMU. She also explored Butoh with Mexican master of the form Diego Piñon among others throughout Chicago, NYC, Berlin, and Vienna. She currently studies with Juilliard faculty member Janis Brenner, also a member of the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble.
Travelling (10 minutes, 2017) is a short 16mm movement film exploring gravity, vunlerability, spaces between spaces, visual rhythm, and presence.
Director, actress, composition, choreography: Muyassar Kurdi
Director of Photography: Rachel Rosheger
Music: Nicholas Jozwiak
Audio Mastering: Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio
LIVE Performances by//////////////
(video + performance)
(RARE solo sitar set)