Following on from the success of Love From Syria, a sound piece created in collaboration with Syrian refugee families launched during Bedford Refugee Week 2018, we are pleased to be revisiting the project for 2019.
Love From Syria was originally launched on 17 June 2018 at the Bedford Refugee Week Celebrations at The Harpur Suite, Corn Exchange (listen online here) with singer and composer Roshi Nasehi working with refugee family participants on an innovative adventure exploring time-stretched audio landscapes. The sound piece was created in collaboration with Syrian refugee families who Roshi met during her residency at the Kings Arms project in Bedford in April 2018 as part of a commission from Bedford Music In Detention, which was delivered by BCA. During the residency, the group shared many traditional Syrian songs and stories, which the artist then recorded.
The purpose of this year’s activity will be to add to the archive of recorded songs from the local Syrian Refugee Community, through additional song sharing and recording activities. During a series of workshops, run in part with Roshi and with another guest artist, the group will be introduced to different sonic and expressive possibilities through the use of music technology with the aim of creating a new sound piece – Love From Syria 2.
Part of this process will include examining an archive of English songs recorded by detainees of Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Center, as part of a detainee and community exchange programme, which ran from 2011-2017. These songs will then be explored by the participants and the artist, with the potential of using one song as the basis of the new soundscape, or perhaps as inspiration for something completely new.
The project will be delivered by Bedford Creative Arts in partnership with Kings Arms Project, with workshops commencing on the 26th February and culminating in a “sharing performance” on the 15th June as part of the launch of Refugee Week 2019. The workshops, which will be delivered in two parts, are open to all refugee groups based in Bedford.
In addition to this, as part of Refugee Week, the original Love From Syria sound piece will be installed at various locations in Bedford and Sheffield.
15th June – Sharing Performance as part of the launch of Refugee Week in Bedford, The Higgins Bedford
15th – 24th June – Sound Installation, The Higgins Bedford
16th – 20th June – Sound Installation, The Place Theatre Bedford
14th – 22nd June – Sound Installation, Sheffield Migration Matters
Image Credit: Caroline Connaughton Photography