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In this gully we hear a conversation. Two musicians–a Bass Viol player and North Indian Classical vocalist–sustain a robust discussion on home ground.
Experts in their own distinct musical fields, these musicians demonstrate how, in order to create something meaningful, they must listen to the other as much as they must sound or voice their own instruments. There are moments where we hear just the Viol, or just the Voice, and moments when the two come together in renewed ways. In doing so, the musicians reveal the subtleties and complexities involved in an exchange–how to listen, respond, how to listen while speaking, how to speak and listen simultaneously.
This musical performance presents an allegory of intercultural understanding, and strives, in the spirit of Edward Said’s thinking, toward a transformation from two unitary identities into identities that include the other without suppressing the differences.
– Olivia Webb
The artist thanks Balamohan Shingade and Robert Oliver for their generous performances.