JOUER L'IMAGE: THE STREET ORGAN

SAUDAÁ GROUP

1 May 2018, 9 AM - 12 PM

Jouer l'image is a workshop that invites children of Bourj El-Barajneh camp to discover the street organ and its unique language: perforated cardboard invented to produce sounds with this mechanical instrument. Using it as a support for visual creation, the workshop aims to approach music creation through image, language and writing. The children will participate in the process of collective creation, through drawings and collages on music cardboard, all played during a short collective restitution.
 
The barrel organ is a mobile wind instrument that plays music mechanically while combining the technical aspects of liturgical organ music, watchmaking and mechanics. The street organ first appeared in the 18th century in Europe, but the first form of a mechanical flute is rooted in the 9th-century Arab world, in Bagdad. In Europe, it was played in public places by peddlers, beggars or foreigners. Not only does it embody a togetherness-turned "unlearned" society but also music for the masses. This ancient instrument is more than ever deeply rooted in our lives: the very first computer (by way of perforated cards), the ancestor of computer-assisted music (along with the language MIDI), and a catalyst for social connections.

Saudaá Group was established in 2014 by French musician Alexis Paul. In 2016 Saudaá Group established residencies around the world for the Street Organ Ritornellos project. He worked with over 30 musicians in a dozen different countries, from the High Atlas to the countries of the Caucasus, seeking to renew the three-century-old instrument and communicate its legacy to a wider audience

This workshop is supported by l’Institut Français - Ambassade de France, Liban

Location: Workshop space, Second Floor | Ages: 8 - 13

Registration: activities@darelnimer.org

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