Tarek Atoui, The Reverse Sessions, 2014. Image courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City / New York. Photo: Omar Luis Olguín

Tarek Atoui’s Shuffle Orchestra

Wakefield Cathedral

The second iteration of Tarek Atoui’s Shuffle Orchestra for Yorkshire Sculpture International, will highlight the work of Léo Maurel, musician / instrument maker and close collaborator to Tarek Atoui.

Since 2014, Maurel has developed an impressive collection of instruments for several of Atoui’s projects. These range from innovative string instruments to wind device that reference traditional flutes, pipe horns and church organs.

Recently, Maurel and Atoui have collaborated on Organ WITHIN. An organ has been created for Atoui’s project on sound and deafness, designed by Léo Maurel. Building on Maurel’s work, other modules of the organ were also created by instrument maker and sound artist Vincent Martial.

This performance at Wakefield Cathedral, will take the Organ and the Toui (another instrument by Maurel part of Atoui’s Reverse Collection) as starting point, and will host special guest and performer Prune Bécheau. Performers will play the instruments in dialogue with Wakefield Cathedral, a building with its own musical fabric and one of the most significant buildings in Wakefield.

Atoui often develops projects over many years within different cultural contexts, and with a vast range of collaborators. Sound is translated into energy, light and electricity, becoming an agent to play instruments, inviting performers and audiences to tune into the spaces and the listening possibilities they offer.

Tarek Atoui’s Shuffle Orchestra is a series of performances in which Atoui activates instruments newly made by a growing international network of instrument-makers. Each performance focuses on the work of one of Atoui’s close collaborators, and involves people, artists and members of the sound community across Leeds and Wakefield. In Atoui’s practice, these performances are moments of experimentation and human encounter that will inform and inspire future work, including a major exhibition the artist is preparing in 2020 at the Sharjah Art Foundation, United Arab Emirates and the Castello di Rivoli, Italy.

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Saturday 20 July 2019

18:00 - 19:00

Wakefield Cathedral

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