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Marfa Sounding Tarek Atoui

Over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, 2018, Marfa Live Arts in collaboration with Fieldwork Marfa showcased artist Tarek Atoui’s examination of sound, place, and the social practice of improvisation across the varied landscapes of Marfa, Texas. 

The weekend’s events organized by curators Jennifer Burris Staton and Ida Soulard began on Friday, May 25 at the Crowley Theater with a reception, lecture by Atoui, launch of Marfa Sounding website, and performances with musicians. On Saturday, May 26 at Saint George Hall there was a concert, and the weekend concluded on Sunday, May 27 with another concert at Vizcaino Park. Atoui brought the following instruments to Marfa: Zero Point Nine, a sound installation realized though monumental bass synthesizers in collaboration with Jeffrey Lubow, Greg Niemeyer, Perrin Meyer (Meyer Sound), and Sound Boxes, a series of instruments housing field recordings from sites around the world. Renowned musicians Amma Ateria, Jad Atoui, and Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe performed alongside local and international students as well as members of Marfa’s community, who were invited to participate beginning with a series of open rehearsals on Tuesday, May 22 at Vizcaino Park and Thursday, May 24 at Saint George Hall.