Indonesia’s Bagus Mazasupa is one of the most chameleon-like composers in the Asia-Pacific region today, working across genres and art forms. Hear how he applies his unique ear to the Đông Sơn drum with a composition especially created for the multi-faceted project that is RE:SOUNDING.
Created between 1000 and 3000 years ago, the Đông Sơn bronze drum is pivotal to the Vietnamese sense of identity. Across the centuries these artefacts made their way throughout Southeast Asia and eventually the world, as objects of trade, spoils of war and gifts of friendship. At the same time, they are a sonic echo of the patterns of migration, exile and return experienced by the people behind their creation.
Here artists James Nguyen and Victoria Pham seek to both reflect the lost voice of an ancient instrument and reveal its continuing evolution in the soundscape of contemporary life. Collaborating with the renowned Yojakarta-based musician Bagus Mazasupa, they have sculpted a performance of two works by Mazasupa and Victoria Pham that draw out the rich potential of the Đông Sơn drum.
This world premiere is performed by Salina Myat, Adam Cooper-Standbury and Hamish Upton, and will uncover the intricate and evocative layers of sound that are made possible by this 2,000-year-old instrument, guiding you on an aural voyage that spans millennia.
- Presented by Arts House, City of Melbourne and Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020
- Composition: Bagus Mazasupa,Victoria Pham
- Premiered and performed (separately) by: Salina Myat, Adam Cooper-Standbury and Hamish Upton
- Lead Artist: James Nguyen
- Lead Artist: Victoria Pham
- RE:SOUNDING is commissioned and presented by Arts House and Campbelltown Arts Centre as part of BLEED 2020.
- BLEED is conceived, produced and presented by City of Melbourne through Arts House and Campbelltown City Council through Campbelltown Arts Centre. BLEED has been assisted by the Federal Government through Australia Council for the Arts, its funding and advisory body.
- The RE:SOUNDING project has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
Schedule07:00 PM AEST
Thursday 30 July
Duration: 30 mins
This is a free activity.
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