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Concerto for Solo Actress:
The Legend of Yush's Poet
Spectropol always provides the Pacific Northwest with an infinite repository for interesting music, but this might be one that cuts that cake as the strangest listens. Iranian artist Ehsan Saboohi performs an almost theater-like piece with just their voice and a few culturally relevant instruments.
The first chunk of the concert is taken up by long segments of spoken Persian in a very dramatic and desperate nature, where it sounds like two characters, a mother and a daughter possibly, discussing the ins and outs of life. Not being a speaker of their language, the listeners can still pick up on the emotional arc of the music. There is a clear cadence and emotion being displayed and it has a very musical nature to it.
You can hear the conversation get more and more heated as time goes on, with only small intermissions by a high-pitched percussion instrument. In between the voices you can hear the low rumbling of the recording environment, which in a way adds another level of depth to the recording. It's almost like you can hear the sound of blood rushing through your own ears, and the low rumbles and digitization errors add its own randomized soundtrack to the performance.
The piece starts to pick up pace around 28 minutes, where some kind of narrational transformation starts to happen. The spoken words are now traded for crying, heaving, deep breathing, and moaning. It is an intense performance, and is only enhanced by the videos and PDFs provided on the Bandcamp page.
While it is certainly not for every music listener, there is something truly human here, and that is an experience we should indulge in more often.
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