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Comfort Music: Muyassar Kurdi + Ben Lamar Gay
August 23, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Comfort Music presents:
Muyassar Kurdi and Ben Lamar Gay (solos + duo)
Muyassar Kurdi (b. 1989 in Chicago) is a New York City-based
interdisciplinary artist. Her work encompasses sound art, extended
vocal technique, performance art, movement, photography, and film. She
has toured extensively in the U.S. and throughout Europe. A versatile
improviser, Muyassar has composed and performed music for voice,
harmonium, piano, lyre, autoharp, theremin, bass, and cello. 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. Most
recently she completed SEVEN VOICES, a multi-channel project for seven
voices, which was recorded during her artist residency at EMS in
Stockholm February 2018.
Performance highlights include: The Rubin Museum of Art, Issue Project
Room, Cafe OTO, Chicago Cultural Center, Center for Contemporary Art
Laznia, Bond Chapel, Fridman Gallery, University Galleries, and Judson
Recent collaborators include Daniel Carter, Diana Policarpo, Ka Baird,
Tomomi Adachi, Arrington de Dionyso, Yasuno Miyauchi, Lucie Vitkova,
Tyler Damon, Bradley Eros, Laraaji, and Patrick Holmes, among others.
Ben LaMar Gay is a composer/cornetist who moves components of sound, color and space through folkloric filters to produce brilliant electro-acoustic collages.