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Hymn to the Strange / Ongoing Rehearsal

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Hymn to the Strange is an a live choral act performing revolt songs - in zulu - recomposed by Neo Muyanga and sang by 8 singers of The Unsung.

New versions and modified version of the score would be performed every other Saturday beginning October 1, at 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm. Eleven in total from October until March. Eleven in total from October until March.

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The protagonists in Neo Muyanga's A Mass of Cyborgs are hybrid, marginal figures drawn from centuries of literature emerging from the African Postcolony—historically recurring exiles, jesters, and outsiders are reanimated here as part-cyborg entities of the twenty-first century. While the characters within A Mass of Cyborgs assimilate the many algorithmic technologies of violence defining their territory, they must also attend to the preservation of chance as a force for generating reciprocity, contingency, and solidarity.

Newly commission by CARA, Hymn to the Strange, these shifting figures weave through generations and timescales as a Greek chorus might—collectively narrating both the submission and precarity of their lives and the strength of their resistance amidst such vast, indeterminate, and often unforeseeable forces.

Hymn to the Strange, is a collaborative project between Neo Muyanga with The Unsung—a community-based music collective devoted to celebrating stories of the Black experience, directed by Tyrone Clinton, Jr. Weaving through generations and timescales as a Greek chorus might, Hymn to the Strange collectively narrates both the submission and precarity of their lives and the strength of their resistance amidst such vast, indeterminate, and often unforeseeable forces.

The project includes a sound piece and three live choral rehearsal-performances every other Saturday beginning October 1, at 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm. Eleven in total from October until March.

Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are encouraged. HERE

LIVE performance of the Hymn to the Strange
Hours: 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm

Saturdays:
October 15th
October 29th
November 12th
November 26th
December 10th

Holiday Recess

January 21
February 4
February 18
March 4

Hymn to the Strange, is part of the first solo exhibition A Mass of Cyborgs by South African artist and composer Neo Muyanga curated by Manuela Moscoso, Executive Director.

About The Unsung Collective

Directed by Tyrone Clinton, The Unsung Collective is a community-based music collective devoted to celebrating stories of the Black experience. Through contemporary music, The Unsung navigates countless stories that are the true fabric of historical and current events. The Unsung is comprised of members from the New York City area, and designed to stretch the confines of music of the Western canon. This ensemble and its members are born of the same community that bears the music by which these stories are told. As a result, The Unsung is dedicated to serving the NYC community through song, educating its audiences and fostering relationships with those that are willing to listen.

Singers: Kalia Baptiste Charles Carter Patrice P. Eaton, Olanna Goudeau, Elle GreenAngelo Johnson, Kevin JohnsonAsha Lindsey, Taiwan Norris, Nedelka F. Prescod, Rodari Simpson, Tislam Swift, Michelle Trinidad, Jay Turner, Clayton G. Williams. Sound Engineer: Ben Manley

Read more about Neo Muyanga here.

The project includes a sound piece and three ongoing rehearsal, performances. New and modified version of the score would be performed by The Unsung every other Saturday beginning October 1, at 1:30pm, 3:00pm, and 5:00pm. Eleven in total from October until March.

From the October 15, LIVE ongoing rehearsal of the Hymn to the Strange
Hours: 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm

Walk-ins are welcome. Reservations are encouraged.

Saturdays:
October 15th
October 29th
November 12th
November 26th
December 10th

Holiday Recess

January 21
February 4
February 18
March 4

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