Come Closer: Listening session with Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman

February 28

Come Closer is our public program: a series of intimate gatherings in and around the installation Poems for Earthlings by Adrián Villar Rojas. Artists, musicians, researchers and visitors explore together an underexposed past, alternative versions of the present and possible futures. Tonight, we invite you for a listening session with composer Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman.

Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman was born in Rwanda but grew up in Belgium from the age of two. She’s an independent radio producer, vocalist and composer. Her main focus are her personal field recordings: a large collection of unique sounds and soundscapes from rural and urban contemporary East Africa. Sound-bit by sound-bit she transforms and sculpts them into something she would call ‘Afrique Concrète’. In recent years, Lierman reconnected with her ancestral land and with her grandfather. Kanyoni Ladislas – who is 110 years old, lives on volcano Mt. Karisimbi in Rwanda and is perhaps one of the last precolonial traditional hunters and traditional doctors. Lierman visits him as often as possible to record their ongoing conversations about his past, while also recording the landscape surrounding her grandfather’s house and village.

In an intimate setting, as a moment of sonic introspection, we’ll listen to two compositions by Lierman. Just Outside the Wombskin (2012) is an ode to Lierman’s ancestral land and based on field recordings from her grandfather’s house and village. The Girl, the Turtle and the Earthquake (2014) is an abstracted interpretation of the story of Lay Sion, who survived the Fukushima disaster of 2011. From sonic material an ecology of the voice starts to sprout, with viola player Maya Felixbrodt reacting to the electronic soundtrack.

Afterwards there is a Q&A with Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman, followed by drinks in the Sebastiaanskapel.

Come Closer: Listening session with Aurélie Nyirabikali Lierman
Friday february 28, 6:30-7:30 pm
Tower entrance

Come Closer is curated by Radna Rumping. The following editions will take place on Friday, March 20 and Friday, April 17.