Sunday, 31 March
Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman is a Rwandan-born, The Hague-based vocalist, composer, and artist whose solo practice wields field recordings taken from rural and urban spaces in East Africa into what she terms ‘Afrique Concrète’. At Rewire 2019, she presents the Dutch premiere of her new work ‘Sogokuru’ with the help of The Hague-based contemporary music ensemble But What About. Exploring contemporary forms of animism and how they persist despite the severe oppression of the colonial period, the piece merges her own experiences with those of her 108-year-old grandfather – one of the last living traditional Rwandan hunters and doctors.
‘Sogokuru’ is the winning project of CTM Radiolab 2019, realised in the framework of “CTM 2019 – PERSISTENCE“, and is a co-production with CTM Festival and Deutschlandfunk Kultur. It is co-funded by Deutschlandfunk Kultur and ORF. With support of Musikprotokoll im Steirischen Herbst, Goethe Institut and The Wire Magazine.The first phase of this project was commissioned by Gaudeamus and supported by Fonds Podiumkunsten.