Program - Interaktion

15.06.2007, 20:00

To sing a forest Contemporary Indio-european concert. 

"To Sing a forest" is an organic movement with three musicians, three trees and a dancer. Indo-European improvisation involving European and Mexican nature form microtonal textures and unpredictable natural rhythms. Real-time interaction with living trees allows the person to be directly affected and influenced by nature.  The tree's movement can affect the characteristics, the direction and the spatial placing for the performer's sound. It affects the tonality and the rhythm of the resulting music. Movements are the unifying force in this performance.

OoriShalev, Concept, tabla, percussion and electronics

Amelia Cuni Voice and Electronics

Junko Wada Dance and sensor-reactions

Seth Josel Guitars and processing


16.06.2007, 20:00

 Die Schaukel (The swing) A 3:08:06" hour chimera in the form of a music interaction with trees,

sensors and internet, light-installation, music-theater and free improvisation, strip-tease included

In a context of a surround display, "Die Schaukel" is a metaphoric swing installation, a virtual time-situation, and simply a moment. A remote tree with sensors in Mexico controlled the sonic spinning-speed of the speakers with its response to the wind. These responses were transmitted via the Internet and also controlled the sound design of the installation. The Mexican tree was the conductor of the concert and installation. A swing attached to a branch on stage was the central object of the installation. This swing represented an abstract, cyclical interaction between humans and nature. “Die schaukel” was a non-start, non-stop, ever-changing concert-performance with several unpredictable climaxes.


Oori Shalev as young-girl Julia (and percussion, software design)

José García, as teenager Julia (and percussion)

Carlos Sandoval as a middle-age Julia (and Concept, Installation, Sound design, Live electronics, Percussion and software design)

Mario Vázquez as old Julia, and cooking, percussion, dance, performance




My grandmother Julia Mendoza was born in Mexico City, around 1904. She dies of Pneumocystis Carinii in the same city, 17 years later.  She wrote a short note behind the central photo, bellow:


“We had a swing at home, in the backyard, attached to a huge tree. It was my favorite place to spend time alone and feel the universe swinging with me. One day, I was swinging so intensely that I could see my feet touching the leaves of the tree and then, my hair brushing the grass. I closed my eyes and felt the wind in my skin, in my face and then in my back. After a while I opened my eyes and realized that the tree was looking at me. It was following my movements with its red-and-blue eyes. I jumped and ran away, shouting. I knew that I shook this tree too much, that the trees have enough with the wind… that sometimes, for certain things, we are not needed.”   1921