• Aug 26 2018 | 9:00 pm

    Lia Kohl, Muyassar Kurdi & Travis (ONO)

    photo credit (right): Muyassar Kurdi, 35mm film

Travis (pictured right):
Member of the band ONO since 05JAN80.

Lia Kohl is a cellist and multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago. She creates and performs embodied music and multimedia performance that incorporates sound, video, movement, theatre, and sculptural objects. As a cellist, she is continually finding ways to include and privilege the body in sonic performances, whether in improvised, rock, or classical music. As a video artist, she explores absurd situations, dreamscapes, and the intuitive relationships between objects, people, and imaginations. As a performance maker she synthesizes her sonic and visual interests, while capturing the illusory and visceral quality of bodies on a stage.

She is a curator and ensemble member with the acclaimed performance ensemble Mocrep, with whom she has toured nationally and internationally. She has presented work and performed at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and held residencies at Mana Contemporary Chicago, High Concept Labs and dfbrl8r Performance Art Gallery. As an improviser she performs regularly around Chicago and with her clarinet/percussion/cello trio, ZRL. She tours regularly with Chicago based puppet theatre company Manual Cinema

photo credit: Maren Celest (35mm film)
Muyassar Kurdi ​(b. 1989 in Chicago) is a New York City-based interdisciplinary artist. Her work encompasses sound art, extended vocal technique, performance art, movement, photography, and film. She has toured extensively in the U.S. and throughout Europe. A versatile improviser, Muyassar has composed and performed music for voice, harmonium, piano, lyre, autoharp, theremin, bass, and cello. She currently focuses her attention to interweaving homemade electronic instruments and sculpture into her vocal and dance performances, stirring a plethora of emotions from her audience members through vicious noise, ritualistic chants, and meditative movements.

A Song for Many Women*
16mm, NYC, 2018, 9m21s

directing, editing, camera, choreography, music by Muyassar Kurdi
performance and choreography by Eryka Dellenbach
Recording and mixing, Studio G in Brooklyn by Joel Hamilton

*Chicago Premiere