M-O-A-N \’mōn \

a performance for two voices
by Dona Jagdi
 
MOAN
NOUN
1. A long, low sound made by a person expressing physical or mental suffering or sexual pleasure.
1. 1. A sound resembling a human moan.
2. informal: A complaint which is perceived as trivial and not taken seriously by others.

VERB
[NO OBJECT]
1. Make a long, low sound expressing physical or mental suffering or sexual pleasure.
1. 1. Make a sound resembling a human moan.
1. 2. literary: Lament.
2. informal [reporting verb]: Complain or grumble, typically about something trivial.

Origin: Middle English (in the sense ‘complaint or lamentation’): of unknown origin.

[Oxford English Dictionary]

 
In M-O-A-N sound and meaning merge on the threshold between articulated and unarticulated voice, between existential drama and triviality, between human and non human. With this performance Dona Jagdi continues pursuing her project of decolonizing voice and delinking it from frames of european singing conventions, both musically and performatively.

Dona Jagdi is the name for the collaborative transdisciplinary work of Jagna Anderson & Dodi Helschinger, which since 2016 is dedicated to vocal sound in experimental and performative settings. Important impulses for their vocal research are due to the long-time collaboration with voice anthropologist and singer Ulrike Sowodniok. Anderson & Helschinger also work as soloists as well as in other collectives pursuing eco- and cyber-feminist approaches: with Anja Weber in WAH (electronic media, music and performance), with Susanne Soldan, María Ferrara and Karine Thomas in p.u.r.e. (Urban Art), as well as in Ensemble Medulla with Ulrike Sowodniok, Anna Weißenfels and Lea Søvsø (a capella vocal ensemble).

2. January 2019