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»Echoing Europe« Returns to the Stage in December

I have been asking myself: is it ever possible to decolonize from within the institutions of the empire? In inscribing subalternity within the language of inherently Eurocentric academia and institutional art, am I not then just complicit to colonialism? I reflect on these questions in the sound performance/composed theatre project Echoing Europe – Postcolonial Reverberations — returning… Continue reading

»sonus — the sound within us«

On 25 October, I will be premiering a new piece, »sonus — the sound within us« at Theater Ballhaus Naunynstraße. For this new project, I am excited to collaborate with Pepe Dayaw (performance artist), Morgan Sully (sound designer), Karlene Denolo-Hayworth (opera singer), Katherina Oliver (opera singer). What is the sound of memory? How do we… Continue reading

TraFo Interview: »Echoing Europe – Postcolonial Reverberations«

Moritz Buchner of the Forum Transregionale Studien interviewed me about my ideas and experience in the creation of »Echoing Europe – Postcolonial Reverberations«. On 16-18 May, you premiered a sound performance entitled “Echoing Europe – Postcolonial Reverberations” at the Theater Ballhaus Naunynstrasse Berlin. Could you tell us the background of the project? Around the same… Continue reading

I won the 2019 ASCA Best Article Award!

I was sitting at the Westergasfabriek last night watching the Pelargos Quartet play aboard and to the accompaniment of helicopters juddering over Amsterdam in Stockhausen’s opera, Aus Licht when I received a text message announcing that I won the ASCA 2019 Best Article award! I did not even think I would be nominated! My sincerest… Continue reading

Tonaufnahmen als Trophäen

Jamal Tuschick reviewed Echoing Europe – Postcolonial Reverberations on der Freitag. “meLê yamomo zeigt in seinem Soundwerk „Echoing Europe – Postcolonial reverberations“ die europäische Aneignungs- und Kategorisierungsarroganz und ihre wissenschaftlichen Maskierungen im Geist der Traurigen Tropen. Er untersucht die Grenze zwischen „Musik“ und „Geräusch“ als gewaltsame Setzung nicht zuletzt. … Er spielt mit Tonspulen und Grammophontrichtern…. Continue reading

Radio Feature: Sound-Performance „Echoing Europe“ – Der Klang des Kolonialismus

In time for our premiere, music critic Christoph Möller produced a feature on “Echoing Europe – Postcolonial Reverberations” on Deutschlandfunk Kultur. “Was Musik ist, entscheidet nach wie vor der Westen, meint der Musikwissenschaftler und Performer meLê yamomo. In seiner Sound-Performance „Echoing Europe“ will er koloniale Denkmuster in der Musik offenlegen und kritisch hinterfragen.” (The West… Continue reading

Philippine Book Launch and Lecture

I will be doing a Philippine launch of my book »Sounding Modernities: Theatre and Music in Manila and the Asia Pacific, 1869-1946« on 21 February at the University of the Philippines Diliman-College of Music! As part of the Musikolokya, I will also give a lecture on the nineteenth-century theatre and musical practices in Manila and… Continue reading

Permanente Beunruhigung

In December, I will be participating in the »Permanente Beunruhigung« Performance Festival at Theater Ballhaus Naunynstrasse in Berlin. It’s an unusual format! I’ll be meeting three other artists from other cities across the globe, whom I’ve never met before, and we will have 48 hours to create a performance! This is going to be exciting!

You can read more about the project (and get your tickets) here. And here is the trailer: