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Shadows of Perception


A proposed exploration of myth and music in two sibling cultures
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James Wylie – kamancheh/saxophone/voice/compositions, Thessaloniki/Greece
Saeed Rezazadeh – tar/setar/voice, Athens/Greece
Fausto Sierakowski – saxophone, Athens/Greece
Reza Samani – percussion, Cologne/Germany
Arman Sigarchi – oud, Cologne/Germany
Alexandros Seitaridis – video art and projection, Athens/Greece



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With this project I would like to explore two main areas. The first is a continuation of

ongoing research into the cross pollination of two anciently intertwined cultures – Greece and Iran.


Elements of their respective musical heritages coexist wonderfully and inspire and strengthen one another while providing the acoustic environment for the investigation and retelling of overlapping mythological traditions which are becoming increasing forgotten or ignored in our society today and which I believe are incredibly rich and diverse. Specific inspiration is drawn from Persian and Greek texts such as »Conference of the Birds« by Attar and Homer’s »Odyssey«.


These narratives will unfold simultaneously through original instrumental composition, song and improvisation – like a modern day ashik or troubadour might use them.


Simultaneously I am interested in how we perceive or receive music as listeners. I believe that our experience of music is changing as we rapidly become more and more a visual based society.


This is in no small part due to the present digital age which encourages forms of communication and entertainment which rely on the internet and more specifically screens for the transmission of information.


With this in mind I would like to experiment with the use of images to accompany our musical storytelling - as I have done in the past – but with some differences. Using shadow puppetry as inspiration I would like to use screens, back lighting and projections to influence the way the the audience ‘watches’ the music and experiment with three basic visual components.


The first would be seeing the musicians ‘naturally’ (lit from the front of stage) as we are used to in a concert environment.


The second would be seeing an image or impression of the musicians created using back lighting and casting their shadows onto screens in front of them creating an effect similar to Greek Karagiozis or Persian Saye-bazi.


The third would be the use of digitalised animation projected from in front of the musicians onto the same screens.


These elements would be combined in order to both aid the ‘storytelling’ process and guide the visual listener into another way of connecting to the music narrative.

November 2019 till February 2019
Avgo Creative Forum, Thessaloniki


James Wylie – kamancheh/saxophone/voice/compositions, Thessaloniki/Greece
Saeed Rezazadeh – tar/setar/voice, Athens/Greece
Fausto Sierakowski – saxophone, Athens/Greece
Reza Samani – percussion, Cologne/Germany
Arman Sigarchi – oud, Cologne/Germany
Alexandros Seitaridis – video art and projection, Athens/Greece



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