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_To Lie Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure_

A storytelling workshop with Legion Seven

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_To Lie Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure_
_To Lie Would Be An Awfully Big Adventure_

Time & Location

Apr 20, 2023, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Bengaluru, 1, Lewis Rd, Balaji Layout, Cooke Town, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560005, India


About the event

Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore and The Indian Sonic Research Organisation  present

**SOUND AND STORYTELLING WORKSHOP**  with Legion Seven, surreal storytelling artist from Germany

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Its a free event but registration is required as seats are limited.

Target participants  - 

Musicians (instrumentalists, vocalists, sound artists etc.) 

Storytellers (poets, writers, lyricists etc.)   

Participants can of course also be both storytellers and musicians.     

The participants should bring a medium with which they can present their work. If they are acoustic instrumentalists they should bring their instruments. If they work with an electronic setup then they should bring the necessary cables to connect to the sound system.    

Concept note from Legion Seven:    

"The idea of the workshop is to facilitate a storytelling collaboration between artists of different disciplines. Generally the participants will be divided into groups of two consisting of one musician and one storyteller. This is not strict however, and if groups form of multiple storytellers and musicians this is very much welcome.      

Group exercises such as "cadavre exquis" will be tailored to this specific workshop, transforming activities meant for visual arts or theatre into activities through which we channel vocal and musical storytelling. Participants will explore the musicality of their texts and the narrative qualities of their music through the lens of their collaborators. A clarinet player for example, may be asked to repeat a single phrase or "stanza" of music while their partner who is a poet "reads" it. After a few rounds of listening to the phrase, the poet will be encouraged to speak whatever they are hearing or intuiting from the music while it continues to play. This could result in a vocal counter melody to the instrument, or perhaps the speaker falls into alignment with the musical phrase. After a while, I will ask the musician to shift their focus from repeating their phrase, to listening carefully to the melody of the speaker, and play what they are hearing in the musicality of their vocal phrasing. From here, the sound will evolve. One or both of the participants with diverge from the repeated phrase, introducing or removing sonic qualities, while the other listens to the changes and responds.  I will be there to guide the re-focusing and careful listening that facilitates this kind of exchange. The speaker and the player continue this loop of transformation and response until they begin to experience a familiarity with their combined sound, and essentially develop the beginnings of a language with which they can not only communicate, but also create narratives later in the workshop.      

While there will certainly be much improvising and new creations during the course of this workshop, participants are also encouraged to bring existing works with them for us to deconstruct and reconstruct together. In terms of resulting products: I personally value the process of experimentation over the result, and love to work to find new "formulas" in which to plug impulses that then create unexpected results. So while it is not imperative, it is likely that by the end of the workshop, participants will have short pieces that they can present or perform if they choose to, and there will be space made for these presentations as well.”

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