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GrandMother

  • The Old Church Stoke Newington Church Street London, England United Kingdom (map)

The live a cappella choral performance of GrandMother by award-winning composer and conductor, Esmeralda Conde Ruiz. GrandMother captures the real words and memories of grandmothers of all ages from around the world. Their words will be sung by a massed choir of choir of local female singers inside and outside The Old Church. The performance will be lit by Little Sun lights by Olafur Eliasson, whose art has been featured in the Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion.

This is a work in progress show that presents pieces insipired by grandmothers interviewed in Florida and London between 2015 and 2018.

Esmeralda Conde Ruiz says 'My new piece GrandMother is a homage to another generation: our grandmothers. This piece is the voice of real women, their experiences and memories set to contemporary a capella choral music and amplified by 60 female singers. It is a thought provoking piece, staged in the dark and invites you to engage with living history. GrandMother is a mesmerising piece of music that really resonates every grandmother's personality and makes one think about forgotten voices that do matter.'

Esmeralda Conde Ruiz, is an innovative choral conductor and multi-award winning composer has worked in film, theatre, architecture and art all over the world, specialising in voice ensembles and sound. She is pioneering interdisciplinary work that integrates site-specific visual and sound. Notable artistic collaborators include Yoko Ono, Nils Frahm, CocoRosie, Matthew Herbert, Robert Wilson and Mira Calix.

The performance will be in the round. There will be limited seating available and those who need it the most will be given priority. If you find it hard to stand please get in touch and we will reserve you a seat.

To know more about the project, please email 300femalevoices@gmail.com.

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