Concert by Christian Bök and Jessika Kenney

May 6, 2010

Concert, Performance


Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front


8:00 p.m.


Presented as part of VOICE OVER mind Festival, sound poet Christian Bök and vocalist Jessika Kenney performed thirty-minute solo sets in the Grand Luxe Hall. 

Inspired by the relationship between text and sound in the classical Persian traditions of poetic recitation, Kenney’s performance explored the sounds, syllables, and melodic essences of radif. This sonic layering was echoed by a suite of video projections depicting paintings on transparent surfaces and rays of natural and unnatural light. 

Bök performed work from his univocalic anthology Eunoia (2001). The recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize, each of the five chapters of Euonia is a lipogram written using words limited to a single vowel. In addition to his original work, Bök performed the first half of Kurt Schitters’s phonetic poem “Ursonate” (1932).

Video documentation is available upon request. 

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