“What happens when we let go of our traditions? We become new ones.”
Wendy M.K. Shaw, 2018
With their secret knowledge and intellect, their will to mess up universal orders, and their revolutionary nature, Tricksters are transformative shapeshifters. They destroy – think of Joker or the Indian goddess Kali – or smoothly change reality – as in the more subtle tricks of animal chimeras.
The Trickster Orchestra firmly believes that this world needs more tricksters. Gathering outstanding thinkers of social, ecological, and postcolonial change, installation artists, and soloists from various music traditions, “Disturbing the Universal” creates a multimedia performance that follows the paths of mythological Tricksters to explore how to enable social and cultural change today: How can new ideas be born: Through destruction, mutation, imitation, adaptation or revolution?
For “Disturbing the Universal,” the artistic directors of the orchestra, Cymin Samawatie and Ketan Bhatti, join the curator Elisa Erkelenz for research trips to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Bangalore to explore the creative ways in which local musicians incorporate music traditions into new and daring forms – how they change the sound of their environments through music. Some of these musicians from Thailand and India as well as some of the most pioneering theorists of change then join the Trickster Orchestra to develop a multimedia and genre-busting concert performance between improvisation, storytelling, music, installation art, and thought that forges a space of words, sound, and visuals inspired by the appeal of the shifting and the ambiguous that disrupt our universal orders.
Double BassRalf Schwarz
Paetzold Recorder & Flutes Susanne Fröhlich
Ney & KavalaMohamad Fityan
Bass Clarinet & ElectronicsMilian Vogel
ClarinetMona Matbou Riahi
Vibraphone & MarimbaTaiko Saito
Grand PianoNiko Meinhold
Virtual VocalsM.D. Pallavi
Virtual VeenaJayanthi Kumaresh
Virtual Phin & KhaenTontrakul Kaewyong
Sound and Video InstallationArnont Nongyao & Thatchatham Silsupan
Outernational Listening SessionWendy M. K. Shaw & Timothy Morton