A tailor from Syria, Abdulkader escaped the war that destroyed his home and fled to the United States with his family. I am indebted to translator Stephanie Juma and The Boston Globe's Jenna Russell for facilitating this collaboration.
A recording from 2003 brings back memories of a dear friend and mentor, John Blake Jr.
“Knowing how a coffee will react in a roaster is a skill that is hard to replicate without getting your hands dirty for awhile. It’s almost jedi-like in nature.”
W’hen people ask 'do your tattoos hurt?' I show them my tattoo answering their question.”
In her review of the 2017 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, music critic Jean Ballard Terepka spotlighted How to Listen to Machines in her review of "the most successful works presented" at the festival.
Miss the National Sawdust performance of How to Listen to Machines? Check out images from the show.
Listen to John Kelly's recordings of machinery in a carpentry shop at the University of Pennsylvania.
Over the last decade, Fifteen Questions has interviewed artists about their process and approach to composition and performance.
"Hall receives the mechanical noises as gifts, and returns the gifts with his bow."
"a vibrant, imaginative composition... rapturous"
The Festival features works by emerging and established composers, performers, and sound artists from all over the world.