Nature and music intertwine in J'lms Season of Culture’s ‘Rustling’

Some 50 artists from Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, the US, Australia, France and Belgium as well as local artists will provide the music for an expected audience of 500 at the free event.

September 6, 2016 20:49
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Jerusalem Forest Yad Vashem

A view of the Jerusalem Forest from Yad Vashem.. (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)


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Strange noises in the woods are usually reason to be fearful, but the opposite reaction will take place Thursday night in the Jerusalem Forest when the Jerusalem Season of Culture’s production of Rustling unfolds.

Developed by Itay Mautner, who serves as the artistic director of the Jerusalem Season of Culture, Rustling aims to intertwine music and nature against a beautiful pastoral backdrop using a concept whereby the audience chooses what they want to experience while roaming between different performances – or as Mautner calls it, “listening with both ears and eyes.”

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Some 50 artists from Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, the US, Australia, France and Belgium as well as local artists will provide the music for an expected audience of 500 at the free event.

“The production is using both elements from nature such as sound and lighting and mixing it in with manmade elements including LED lighting and different types of music including electronic music,” explained Amir Bolzman, the Hague-based artistic director of Rustling.

Bolzman said the sets by Edwin van der Heide and Jan-Peter E. R. Sonntag would utilize parabolic loudspeakers, which he described as a audience-participatory experience.

“Antennas receiving ‘natural radio’ sound waves as well as electro-magnetic frequencies, some of which will be naturally created by the audience itself, will be reflected and bounced off special satellite dishes and converted and heard via ultrasonic amplifiers, giving off very unique sounds that will be heard in different ways by the audience,” he said.

A group called The Bolwerkers, known for performing as Sound Ninjas, harnessing natural and synthetic light waves from the city and converting the light waves into sounds at different frequencies, will also be taking part in the event, produced by Eran Sacks, David Kosher and Ori Vaknin. Also on the list of performers are experimental musician Lars Sargel and Australian folk singer Amy McKnight.

“People, after experiencing a specific part of the event in their unique way, will hear the world in a different way and become more sound-sensitive, and one’s perspective of sound will be enhanced,” said Bolzman, who grew up in Mevaseret Zion and has a long connection to the Jerusalem music scene.

“This event has been fueled by the desire to encourage true musical artistic fusion between international artists and local artists, done by working together and creating personal connections between each other.”

Tickets are free for “Rustling” – beginning at 8 p.m. – but one has to sign up to attend.

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