C06 A Hidden World
May 1, 2022
2.30pm - 3.30pm (plus Q&As)
National Gallery of Australia
In Association with
Presented by Doma Hotels
Rubiks Collective presents Gemma Peacocke’s Waves & Lines; a multimedia song cycle for soprano, electronics, and chamber ensemble based on a tradition of Afghan women’s folk poetry.
Collected in the book I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays From Contemporary Afghanistan, these poems offer a surprising and vivid – and often humorous – glimpse into the lives of women existing under the watch of an ultraconservative regime.
Exploring the distance, anonymity, and strange intimacy of phone calls, text messages, and radio broadcasts in which the poems are shared, the song cycle features fixed electronics, projections and the stunning vocals of Persian born, Melbourne based performer Gelareh Pour.
Gemma Peacocke (NZ/US): Waves & Lines
followed by a panel discussion, led by Genevieve Jacobs AM, with Virginia Haussegger AM, Gelareh Pour and Professor Amin Saikal.
Gelareh Pour with Rubiks Collective:
Kaylie Melville, percussion
Jacob Abela, keyboards
Hamish Gullick, bass
Accompanying projections by Anchuli Felicia King.
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Artist Anchuli Felicia King
Artist Hamish Gullick
Artist Kaylie Melville
Artist Gelareh Pour
Gelareh Pour is an Iranian born classically trained multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and music instructor, largely performing on the Kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle). Currently based in Ballarat, Australia, Gelareh leads two experimental groups, Gelareh Pour’s Garden and ZÖJ, and regularly collaborates with artists from all walks of life. Gelareh’s music explores the duality of multiculturalism and true cross-cultural experimentation. Since her arrival in Australia she has produced six independent albums, composed music for various ABC Radio programs and has appeared in some of the most respected Australian and international music festivals and venues. She has become a finalist for Art 2020 Music Awards for Excellence in Experimental Music and nominated for industry voted Music Victoria Awards 2020 & 2021 for the Best Intercultural Music Act.