b(locked.orders) (2019)

Commission: Noa Even

Collaboration: Michiko Saiki (video)

Duration: 12 minutes

Instrumentation: soprano saxophone, electronics, video

Premiere: September 3 2019 | Noa Even | Kent State University
Kent, OH

Performance: September 8 2019 | Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI
September 11 2019 | Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI
September 12 2019 | Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI
October 12 2019 | University of D.C., Washington DC
October 26 2019 | Fuse Factory, Columbus OH
October 30 2019 | University of Georgia, Athens GA
November 3 2019 | University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Knoxville TN
December 12 2019 | Noa Even | fp Creative, Cleveland, OH



Program Information:
Executive Order 13769 of early 2017, more commonly known as the travel ban, affected thousands of American immigrants. b(locked.orders) sonifies the stifled voices of immigrants in their adopted countries, as well as silenced minorities within their home countries. The video takes place in an artificial world where two societies co-exist. As a curious observer, the protagonist enjoys praising or ridiculing the other society, but she seems to never question her own wrongdoings. This piece serves as a reminder that through consistent self-awareness and reflection, each of us can choose to truly connect with one another through curiosity, openness, empathy and compassion.

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