Dismantling and re-imagining objects is an ongoing preoccupation for instrument builder George Rahi. In pulses // patterns, he alters a set of ‘Leslie’ rotary speakers and a single pipe-organ rank to create a system of interlinked sonic objects, designed to excite various spatial sensations in the exhibition hall.
In concert, keyboardist and composer Robyn Jacob joins George Rahi and the installation for some unseasonal yet beautiful musical interludes.
George Rahi is a composer, sound artist, and instrument maker exploring new hybrids between the acoustic, electronic, mechanical, and sculptural. He works across a diverse array of interests including electro-acoustic music, public space, the soundscape, and large-scale instruments such as the pipe organ and the Indonesian Gamelan. He is a founding member of the percussion ensemble Gamelan Bike-Bike and art collective Publik Secrets, in residence at the Hadden Park fieldhouse in Vancouver since 2015. Recent projects include a series of youth-engaged workshops on e-waste and electronic musical instrument hacking held at VIVO Media Arts Centre. He is also working towards a MFA degree from Simon Fraser University with a focus on sound art.
Western Front New Music gratefully acknowledges the support of our funders, sponsors and partners:
Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian Heritage, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, SOCAN Foundation, and the Government of British Columbia.