Learn about the tradition behind the humpback whale song
L@TE: Returning Current with Daniela Gesundheit and Katy PayneBerkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA) (2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA) Map it $7
In preparing the musicians for this performance, Payne will teach the principles, structures, and techniques of humpback whale song though several group sound experiments, including, but not limited to, deep listening exercises with audio recordings (garnered from her groundbreaking collection of field recordings with ex-husband Roger Payne, Songs of the Humpback Whale) and analyzing spectrograms of whalesong through a musical, rather than research-oriented, lens. Along with these musical building blocks, she will also expand on the various functions that whale song serves in whale culture. Gesundheit will aid in translating Payne’s concepts and instructions into performance strategies.
The kora is the central instrument in the Griot tradition of using song to transmit news and stories, and to mark ceremonial occasions.