During the month of October myself and two other composers/musicians were given a month of free studio space through the Carr Center ArtistHub residency program. Our task was to create an original show by the end of the month, and culminate the residency with a performance at the Carr Center. After quite some deliberation and sculpting, our residency ended in "Warped and Wept," an examination of the intersection between crying and masculinity.
Our current statement regarding the project :
Woven into the warp and weft of human experience is the experience of crying. Social constructions of masculinity have the ability to modulate that experience, and the way that it’s perceived, both inwardly and outwardly. Warped and Wept, a multimedia performance created by Costa Kazaleh Sirdenis, Matthew Daher, and Michael Malis, explores the intersection between crying and masculinity. Through a process of interviews and interdisciplinary arts exploration, they seek to facilitate conversations about that crossroads, and gain insight into how different individuals navigate it.
A moment during a recent, truncated performance of "Warped and Wept" at Detroit Contemporary. As part of their ongoing numbers, our trio was asked to perform along with a few other trios as well.
The set up for the original performance of Warped and Wept, performed in September of 2015, at The Carr Center in Detroit, MI, as part of their Artist Hub Residency Program.
Warped and Wept (Sample 1)
Warped and Wept (Sample 2)
Warped and Wept (Sample 3)
Available for streaming here : https://soundcloud.com/patrick-behnke/sets/canyonlands-suite-live
Canyonlands is a performance of new works by composer and violist Patrick Behnke and follows an installation of field recordings at Detroit Contemporary.