Friday, 27 September
22:30 Live set by Peter Cusack
23:30 Francisco López
Akademie der Künste
Hanseatenweg 10, Berlin
The LP “Aral Sea Stories and the River Naryn” is available at the Corvo Records merch stand on the festival, … drop by, check our records, have a chat.
“What can we learn of water uses and abuses by listening to their sounds?”
The Aral is an extraordinary region, a huge body of water in a vast open, arid landscape. There are low scrub bushes, but no trees. A strong wind usually blows. The weather is extreme, +45°C in summer, -30°C in winter. Camels and horses are left to roam freely. Tastubek lies on slightly higher ground overlooking the Aral Sea. In the 1960s it was a successful collective farm dealing in livestock and fishing. 90 families lived there. Now there are 17. Most were forced away as the sea dried up and the fishing industry collapsed. Since then village livelihoods have depended on its animals – cattle, sheep, goats plus the horses and camels. But the restoration of the North Aral has brought new life, reviving fishing, the economy and hope for the future. During two visits, in spring 2013 and winter 2015, I was shown great generosity by everyone there. It is a special place. – Peter Cusack.
“Aral Sea Stories and the River Naryn” is part of a larger project concerning the disappearance and partial restoration of the Aral Sea in Central Asia since the 1960s. It is a story of destruction, but also of hope, as, in the North Aral, water levels are rising again and the environment is showing signs of revival. The tracks were recorded in the village of Tastubek (2013/15), beside the North Aral Sea, Kazakhstan, and at the town of Shamaldy-Sai (2018), alongside the Naryn, the Aral’s principal source river in Kyrgyzstan.
This record release event is a co-production of CORVO RECORDS and EMITTER MICRO, hosted by KONTAKTE ’19 – Biennial for Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art. In frame of Monat der Zeitgenössischen Musik 2019.