Untraining the Ear #5: "Sikus" with Carlos Gutierrez & Tatiana Lopez

Savvy Contemporary, Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin Map
Tickets: free


09:00 22:00

14.11. – Workshop 9:00–18:30
15.11. – Lecture 15:00 | Concert 19:30

With the Untraining the Ear Listening Sessions, SAVVY Contemporary, Deutschlandfunk Kultur, and CTM Festival propose exercises to decipher sound beyond its contextual affiliation of geography, genre, and valences of identity. It is an attempt to press pause to the daily storm of sonic vibrations, and voice a call to examine and explore the auditory beyond the hearing and start to listen.


Workshop | 9:00–18:30

Open call: Please send a short message telling us about your motivation for participating and your background, with subject line "Sikus" to Deadline: 07.11.2018
The workshop is offered free of charge, in English and Spanish. Each participant will get to keep the instrument they will build and perform with.


Lecture | 15:00
Concert | 19:30

In this session, we listen to and through SIKUS, a traditional Andean panpipe which we will build during a two-day long workshop-performance listening session with Carlos Gutiérrez and Tatiana López. Gutiérrez and López are members of the Experimental Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments (OEIN) form Bolivia which is a musical ensemble and also a workspace based on the practice, performance, study and research of Bolivian indigenous* music and the projection of this knowledge in the creation of contemporary experimental music and also new educational models. Currently, Gutiérrez is a resident of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program.

On the first day of this Listening Session, Carlos and Tatiana will give a workshop on constructing Bolivian Sikus (panpipes in Aymara language) and teach a traditional tune from la Comunidad de Upinhuaya. After that, participants of the workshop will apply the learnt techniques and principles to collectively work on a contemporary music piece using the instruments they have produced. The second day is open to the public, and we invite you to a lecture by Carlos Gutierrez and Tatiana Lopez in which they will converse about their work with the Experimental Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments (OEIN) in its investigative pedagogical and creative scope, including audio and video samples of the oeuvre of the orchestra, and various collaborations which they have done extensively with indigenous communities in Bolivia. Subsequent to the lecture, the three musical compositions , will be performed in a concert open to the public.

CARLOS GUTIÉRREZ QUIROGA (La Paz-Bolivia, 1982) is a composer, musical researcher, teacher, builder of sound objects and member of the Experimental Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments (OEIN) since 2002. He has composed music for different instrumental settings and also original soundtracks for several films, documentaries and theater works. In 2016 he was chosen to be part of the OEIN board members. Currently, he lives in Berlin as a guest of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD.

TATIANA LÓPEZ CHURATA (La Paz-Bolivia, 1992) is a visual artist, researcher, musical teacher and member of the Experimental Orchestra of Indigenous Instruments (OEIN) since 2004. In 2016 she was chosen to be part of the OEIN board members. She has worked as a teacher of the Musical Initiation Program (PIM) of the OEIN, holding annual workshops for children and young people. Her work as a visual artist is developed in different disciplines as ceramics, painting, costume design and installations. The different expressive forms of the indigenous traditions of Bolivia, especially music and textiles, strongly influence her creative work.

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Presented by SAVVY Contemporary, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and CTM Festival

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