The continuing intensity of environmental, social, political and economic crises re-interrogate our ways of sharing and of being together. In the current health context and when it’s particularly important to bring out new stories and possible futures, Maintenant festival is launching a new online format of listening. ensemble is a one-hour podcast series that allow artists to propose something else about what they are experiencing.
With ensemble, artists takes a look at the state of the world and bears witness to the changes in our contemporary society.
Produced by Maintenant Festival, FR
ENSEMBLE 006 - Simo Cell : Rave Lucide
"I dream a lot. Or rather, I remember a lot of my dreams, since we all dream. It is there, in me, very strong and very present since my early childhood. Nested, lucid or premonitory dreams, they are a mode of perception in their own right. Unfortunately, they are often seen as pure fabrication of the mind or a mirage. However, to dream is to set a course, to forge a vision.
The dream is a power, a meaning that we can work on and develop. Beyond my personal experiences, I question the role and function of dreams in our world. Utopias and fictions are essential tools that guide the collective. Which trajectory is desirable enough for me to dream about ? Do we still dream of the future ? Individually, collectively?
My voice is accompanied by a selection of songs with evocative names, reminiscent of the dream."
ENSEMBLE 005 - KMRU : Resonant Links
"Within the complex sound spectre of our environments and surroundings, sounds are always immersive, proximal, and constantly pushing through our bodies. There is a temporal flux with the sounds of our habitus and daily lives which most often goes unnoticed and ignored. My practice with field recording and engagement with the environment, heightened my awareness of my surroundings and sounds that inhibit this place- learning from them and using the environment as an instrument.
There is an underworld in which these audio environments aren’t accessible to us and is rich with sounds. ‘Resonant Links’ investigates this aural-dual infrastructure of the urban and sea life accentuating auditory perspectives and dimensions of these two worlds posing critical questions on our sonic habitus and ecologies."
KMRU is a SHAPE artist 2021. SHAPE is a platform co-financed by Europe Creative program of European Union.
ENSEMBLE 004 - upsammy : Multi-Membrance Park
"In this mix we find ourselves at a construction site yet inside a ruin: it is a place representing a transitional state. 5 vocal artifacts will guide you into a process of re-modeling, exploring and discovering. The music molds a new terrain ment for healing. Where we become miniature versions of ourselves. Where we are a particle, yet a star, traversing through textures. Where destruction becomes fertile, things are taken apart and examined. It is a constant dive through membranes both synthesized and acoustic, digital and analog, historical and futuristic. Materials stretch into objects, walls crumble into sand. What arrises is a Multi-Membrance Park where water falls into melody and leafs blow in the wind like flutes, where everyone can be warm and at home."
upsammy is a SHAPE artist 2020. SHAPE is a platform co-financed by Europe Creative program of European Union.
ENSEMBLE 003 - Rojin Sharafi : Point Shard
"Point Shard is about different social issues that have concerned me recently, such as representation of marginalized communities in multicultural societies and white institutional space, racialized emotional labor, gender binaries and ethnocide within the music ecosystem and in musical language. For this podcast Rojin Sharafi asked some artists from her community to record their stories, thoughts and experiences related to these topics.
These interviews talks about gender, sexuality, representation and racialization. Rojin evokes a very specific, rich and complex space-time, more than a meeting place, between the utopia of the darkroom and the invisible darkness, around the notion of "queer of color" and some ethnographic anecdotes of transnational and multilingual artists."
Rojin Sharafi is a SHAPE artist 2020. SHAPE is a platform co-financed by Europe Creative program of European Union.
ENSEMBLE 002 - Maria Teriaeva : Shift in Perception
"With "Shift in Perception", Maria Teriaeva shares a personal, sensitive and emotional experience of the whole world lockdown last March. In just a few weeks, she switches from her last performance in Paris to a COVID hospital, with an album release in progress and a cancelled tour. As on a TV series, she experiences in a short time, serious changes that can only affect her mood and her general state of mind. She thus invites us to take distance from all these events."
ENSEMBLE, a new podcast series of original sound creations building new collective imaginaries
ENSEMBLE 001 - Crystallmess : Innerview
"Innerview is a radio episode, designed as a collage that mixes both the interview and the musical piece. Innerview can be listened to like a generous and unfiltered sound adventure. With a mix of musical improvisation rather in an ambient / synth-based style, and less club than usual, Crystallmess offers original compositions with excerpts from her favourite interviews. American rappers like 2Pac, Damon Dash, Azealia Banks or Sister Souljah... in their most eminently political moments, radically vulnerable and sometimes with a touch of humour."
Crystallmess is a SHAPE artist 2019. SHAPE is a platform co-financed by Europe Creative program of European Union.