Nagori Rengakai (Concert on July 10, 2021)

27.07.2021, Finland, Sandeep Bhagwati, Concert, Acoustic Ecology, Ecoacoustics, Ecology, Field recording, Psychoacoustics, Soundscape studies, Anthropocene, Climate change, Cooperation, Listening as activism, Time scales, Worldviews

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nagori rengakai

nagori is one of these untranslatable words. In Japanese, it evokes the traces of something that has left us, the aftertaste of a season, of an event, of a person. We all feel nagori for the life before the pandemic, a life remembered which we seek again, knowing that it will never come back. This is the premise of the interaction score that governs this project – ther musicians constantly trace memories of their own playing, but also the playing of others. Two ensembles in two locations, Viitasaari and Berlin, exchange recordings of their music daily, a music contemplating both losses and hopes for renewal. Each evening they attempt to capture the spirit of their own improvisations from the same morning – thereby transforming it. And at the end, they try to evoke the evolution of the whole process, 4 days of constant exchange, likened to four seasons of the year.

rengakai is a poetological term: it denotes the type of oral poetry battles common at social events in pre-Meiji Japan. A community of poets, guided by principles of the traditional renga-poem (a forerunner of the better known haiku), would together create a chain of poems, each renga a beauty unto itself – and yet linked to the previous poet’s renga and determining that of the next poet. This is also what we will do together – create a chain of musical poems that can speak for themselves, that are moments of contemplation and stillness: but in their sequence they again evoke the flow of time, of nagori.

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