NEW WRITINGS OF SOUND AND MUSIC// Zahra Jewanjee and Simon Coates// Vipralambha
Vipralambha – a Sanskrit word – translates as union through separation. The essence of the title encapsulates two elements of the piece, one a secular passion, the other a religious ecstasy. However, these emotions are as yet unfulfilled and Vipralambha – in its truest sense – explains the yearning for fulfilment that love brings, and the bittersweet, timeless notion of waiting for rapture.
Central to the piece is a recording made by Zahra of a Lahore transvestite named Madam singing a popular song called ‘Shamma Pay Gaiya’. Madam’s own take is light years away from the pop sensibilities of the original song as she imbues the Punjabi words with a true sense of longing. In addition, we hear a Pakistani woman reciting the lyrics of the song, this time in Urdu. In and around the song and the spoken words, the piece features drumming, shouts and percussive bells taken from a celebration at the Shah Jamal shrine, Ichra, in Lahore, sounds of the Monsoon downpour in Alappuzha, and a recording made outside a dance school in Kochi.
In Vipralambha, Coates and Jewanjee have created a sound piece that explores the transcendental nature of devotion, both in a secular and religious context.
* Surname: Jewanjee and Coates.
* Name: Zahra and Simon
* Website: www.jewanjeeandcoates.com
* Title of work: Vipralambha (Union Through Separation)
* Instrumentation and methods of interpretation: field recordings and self-created acousmatic sound
1. How would you describe this form of writing sound and / or music? A graphic ideas board from two artists working in sound rather than music
2. How do you think your proposal can be interpreted? The sound art work plan is a map that has many directions.
3. What meanings or additional level provides this particular form of writing to the performance and / or to the interpretation of the work? The work plan becomes a work of art in itself.