dedicating my task to times,
not my time to the task
dedicating my tears to hope,
not my hope to tear up
dedicating my awe to the little,
nothing is more awesome than the little
dancing with a child
and becoming a child of the God of dance
drinking with a thinker
and becoming a thought of the wine-grower
and living with all these words
and becoming their pondering silence
RENA MEYER WIEL, sound and silence practicioner in the areas of vocal art, music and performance, composition and installation, and alternative healing practitioner for integrative body and voice work.
Various activities surrounding sound art and silence, studies of languages and the humanities, classical and contemporary song, and theology.
Vocal performance as an expression of contemporary witnessing – in the form of performances, texts and compositions for landscapes, memorial places and architectures, moments in time and for people.
Ensemble with White Canvas duo and quartet, vocal improvisation opera project with Bobby Mc Ferrin, performance collaboration with Herman van Veen, incidental music and vocal improvisation concerts.
PRESENCE PERFORMANCE SILENCE
What is it the makes you pause and contemplate?
Qu´ est-ce qui vous fait marquer un temps d´ arrêt?
¿Qué es lo que te hace parar y reflexionar?
Waarvoor zou je still blijven staan?
Wofür halten Sie inne?
This question motivates my street-performance SILENCE, traveling to various cities in Europe. And this question is my inner answer to contemporary history in time - as I feel asked by the global events of the day what it is that is my answer. So I would like to pass on this question "What is it that makes you pause and contemplate" to people I don´t know, living at various places in very various ways, and who encounter the question on the street maybe by chance and might refer to it or not, might even not perceive that it is there, or do very well perceive it and then maybe pick it up just in thoughts, but maybe then also reply in writing down their answers on the paper band that will be placed on the ground during the performance. I would like to ask the question sculpturally and in the language of performance, in Silence and without a spoken word. It is written down on the paper band. I am interested in the daily event of the energy of a momentary encounter, inspiring us to grasp it or not. And with the Presence Performance, I would like to move a space of Silence through the urban spaces that people are welcome to refer to or not.
The exact places in the cities and the times of performance during the day will fall into place along the movement of the tour. A very short-term information will be on my homepage.
With the collection of paper bands, following the Presence Performance, an exhibition and concert will be developed, as a compilation of performance results in concert.
Presence Performance SILENCE with Rena Meyer Wiel
may to july 2018 in settled weather conditions in the urban public space
LOGROÑO 28.5. * Calle Portales, 17.00
PAMPLONA 3.6. * Plaza del Castillo, 17.00
PARIS 10.6. * Rue St Merri / Centre Georges Pompidou, 12.00
STUTTGART 18.6. * Königstrasse / Schlossplatz, 11.00
MUNICH 19.6. * Marienplatz, 17.00
KONSTANZ 21.6. * Münsterplatz, 12.00
ZURICH 24.6. * Weinplatz / Rathausbrücke, 15.00
BERN 25.6. * Münstergasse / Mosesbrunnen, 17.00
BASEL 26.6. * Marktplatz, 15.00
FREIBURG 27.6. * Martinstor, 15.00
AMSTERDAM 3.7. * Dam, 15.00
LONDON 10.7. * South Bank, The Queen´s Walk / Gabriel´s Wharf, 12.00
BERLIN 28.7. * Museumsinsel, 17.00
BONN 31.7. * Münsterplatz / Vivatsgasse, 17.00
>> 12 EXPRESSIONS OF MUSIC <<
Installation Art with old brick forms, pendulum-/objects and photos,
a vocal performance documentary 1995 - 2019 in twelve perspectives:
"ABSENT VIOLIN" for voice, violin corps and silence; 1995
"PERPETUAL" for voice, movement and ripping fabric; 1997
"SOUND GLYPHS - VOICE IN PRISMA" for voice, soundscapes and waving ribbons; 2000
"TWENTY MILLION YEARS OR SO", Installaton for voice, body and whale vertebras; Performance by Eva Schmale / Rena Meyer Wiel; 1997
V. DEATH AND LIFE
"TO BE WAS BEEN - CHANTS BETWEEN THE PORTALS" for voice, tamtam and soundscape; a vocal performance with texts from the Tibetan Book of Live and Death; 1999
"ALL AROSE. vocals, lyrics and instrumental voices"; 2006
VII. CONTEMPORARY WITNESS
"ALL THAT MATTERS - songlines traveling contemporary sound art"; 2017
"HUNDREDS OF WAYS", White Canvas Duo; 2010
and "CHARIAD", White Canvas Quartet; 2013
"TREE VOICES", vocal performance for a great birch tree, a goldsmith and a singer; 1999
"CHANTS BEYOND THE SHORE OF TIMES", premiere of concert performance "World Prayers Performance Project"; 2010
XI. PAUSING FOR A MOMENT
"WHAT IS IT THAT MAKES YOU PAUSE AND CONTEMPLATE?" cinema-concert with a documentary of the 2018 SILENCE Presence Performance Tour; 2019
"THE TREE AFTER", Installation and Elegy Hiroshima 50; memorial performance for the 9th of august 1945; with Klaus Runze / Rena Meyer Wiel; 1995
This Installation Art "12 Expressions of Music" by Rena Meyer Wiel
is currently in exhibition at Frauenmuseum Bonn, from 02.02.2020 to 08.11.2020, as part of this year´s frame project BTHVN 2020 in Bonn
Man cannot discover new oceans
until he has the courage to lose sight of the shores.
We speak many languages, there is song and music, we are surrounded by contemporary sound and noise and we have historical recordings. Music works and vocal performance are often first of all a dialogue with silence – and a perception of collaged layers of sound reality, an interweaving of texts and contexts, an act of listening and voicing of aswell inaudible movements and thoughts, traveling back and forth between moments in time.
Vocal improvisation can be experienced as the most immediate way of chant in resonance with space and audience, theme and situation. Performances forming in the current moment, in acoustic concert situations aswell as amplified and condensed by elements of live electronics, loops, soundscapes and lyrics. It sings.
PERFORMANCE & COMPOSITION
This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.
WPPP - WORLD PRAYERS PERFORMANCE PROJECT
concert performance with twelve sacred texts in twelve languages
The interweaving and toning synchrony of sacred texts representing different world religions and cultures symbolize an act of reaching hands between religions and spiritual traditions throughout times. Their harmonious encounter in the universal language of sound broaches the issue of dissolution of ideological demarcations towards a gesture of world peace.
The connection of the cultures´ textual expression is mirrored in the different worlds of sound meeting: classical vocalizing, archaic sounds and elements of world music and vanguard, various ethnical instruments accompanying the chants, and additional live electronics creating loops or pre-recorded soundscapes combining field recordings and instrumental voices.
The project has first been performed as a concert for voice and instrumental voices, and can also be drafted as workshop in collaboration with other musicians and singers.
Premiere at Hospitalkirche Stuttgart 2010, in collaboration with: Rolf Beydemüller, guitars / Alexander Lauterwasser, visual live-water-sound-projections
PERFORMANCES FOR VOICE AND VISUAL ELEMENTS
compositions with scenic accents for voice and live electronics, i.a.:
- KLANG GLYPHEN / SOUND GLYPHS – VOICE IN PRISMA
for vocals, sound collage and waving ribbons / premiere: Lahore, Pakistan 2000
- TO BE WAS BEEN – GESÄNGE ZWISCHEN DEN TOREN / CHANTS BETWEEN THE PORTALS
for voice, tam-tam and sound collage – a performance with excerpts from the Tibetan Book of Life and Death / premiere: Münsterplatz Bonn 1999
- BAUM STIMMEN / TREE TUNING
for a beech, a singer and a goldsmith / premiere: Siegburg 1999
- DAZU DER MOND / THERETO THE MOON
composition for a walk on an altar and singing voice / premiere: Cologne 1999
- RITUAL SIEBEN / RITUAL SEVEN
seven chants on seven evenings for violin, fire and voice in a bunker / premiere: above-ground bunker Cologne Ehrenfeld 1996
READINGS IN CONCERT
„Remember this story“, Rabbi Bunam used to add, „and bear in mind what it tells you:
that there is something you can´t find anywhere in the world, and that there is a place where you can find it.“
Martin Buber, out of: The Way Of Man: According To The Teachings Of Hasidim
LYRICS AND VOICE - Reading and vocal performance of poetry or various subject-matters in concert
THE PSALM PROJECT
Scoring and performance of hebrew texts out of the biblical Psalter, for voice and live electronics /
vocal performance duration according to context
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
SIDDHARTA SOUNDSCAPE / about the incidental music score to the staging of „Siddharta“: Music comprehends the possibility of being accessible to another realm, and to draft the interweaving voices of a sounding cosmos flowing through one another – so in the composition to the staging of „Siddharta“, the birds´ calls become aswell the monks´ voices in their gathering, and the singing of the human voice becomes likewise the river´s voice. The music is not intended to accompany and comment the story line, but enters the scene as an invisible teammate and engages in a living and perceiving dialogue with the represented persons. Therein, the music stands for our own accessibility to the essence of being, and occurs throughout the staging more and more as an audibly and inaudibly present element, and as a growing anticipation of what is called AUM or OM.
Staging of Herman Hesse´s „Siddharta“ by and with Heike Bänsch und Andreas Kunz, information and booking: info(at)heikebaensch.de
BEYOND BORDERS, composition for a stage performance by Heike Bänsch and Bruno Tendera, premiered in the framework of Mediensommerakademie Bonn 2011 on the topic of political journalism. BEYOND BORDERS is a memorial performance and homage to the worldwide media correspondents who have been murdered for political reasons. According to an indication by Reporters Without Borders, in the last ten years at least 695 professional journalists have been killed associated with their work.
Performance duration: ca 20 min.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel down and kiss the ground.
Mevlana Dschelaladdin Rumi
WHITE CANVAS – a project in duo and quartet – connecting archaic and modern sounds, songs and improvisation
WHITE CANVAS sounds many worlds, interculturally aswell as in the combination of individual musicians with different backgrounds.
Various videos and sounds of WHITE CANVAS productions can be visited on: www.white-canvas.de.
- VIDEO White Canvas in concert, Theater im Ballsaal, Bonn, Germany
- DUO: Rena Meyer Wiel_voice and live electronics / Rolf Beydemüller_guitars, soundscapes, loops and more
- QUARTET: Rena Meyer Wiel_voice / Rolf Beydemüller_guitars / Christoph Selbach_piano / Christoph Schumacher_percussion
CD ALL THAT MATTERS
Recreating, that is offering resistance.
Offering resistance, that is recreating.
ALL THAT MATTERS
songlines traveling contemporary sound art*
newhearlandrecords / ALL THAT MATTERS, this album is a remarkable piece of sound art and dedicated contemporary witness of our times, composed and produced by vocal and performance artist Rena Meyer Wiel. An audiobook interweaving field recordings, songs, lyrics, quotes and resonances to historical events, past as well as contemporary, with a general reflectiveness layered into compositions of collaged music becoming an own and personal language of reflectiveness. To the artist, this „contemporary sound art biotope“ represents a process of finding language for contexts of speechlessness.
All in all, the very diversity of collaged pieces leave a consolatory mark although not hiding away the eyes from the irresolvable questions facing us in the world. With the album ALL THAT MATTERS, Rena Meyer Wiel succeeds in combining contemporary sound art, the art of song, a reflective approach to present challenges and the listening to a multiply threatened world. Her sound thoughts concerning humankind carry a passionate vision for an integrated and healing perspective.
- All That Matters (6:42)
- Fire, Read My Book (6:29)
- Da, wo der Mensch steht (6:59)
- Theologische Realenzyklopädie (0:58)
- Vom Paradies (2:08)
- Beyond Borders 2016 (7:04)
- Regen Regen (4:32)
- Falls sich die Dinge immer wiederholen (0:44)
- What Is Deeper – The Ocean Or Hope (7:09)
- Arctic Lament (7:37)
- Spiegel Epilog (3:40)
WORKSHOPS AND LECTORS´ TRAININGS
Rabbi Pinchas said: "When someone sings and can´t raise his voice, and someone else comes singing with him and raises the voice, then he aswell can raise his voice. This is the mystery of spirit inhering in spirit."
Martin Buber: Tales Of The Hasidim
Vocal improvisation workshops and lectors´ trainings are educational formats surrounding an integrated study and work with voice and text, including body perception and spatial awareness. The Workshops are about perception and self awareness with the possibilities of vocal work, and of experiencing our „listening voice“. This phenomenon „listening voice“ exceeds the possibility to find and intone an inner expression of ourselves: Vocalization and finding voice also represent speech and song as a formless form of finding language itself. And this implies also: finding language as an expression of what we hear, and even only get to hear once we enunciate or vocalize it. As we sing or intone, we are not only in dialogue face to face with each other and with ourselves, but also with the sounding and silent connection and context we all together belong to. Workshops for vocal improvisation either focus on body and healing work or in form and content on literature resonating with contexts of contemporary events. In this regard, vocal work can be seen as a process of finding language or answers to that what leaves us otherwise perplexed in our world and life.
ALTERNATIVE HEALING PRACTICE
(…) Just don´t grow weary,
rather to the miracle,
as if to a little bird,
hold out your palm.
What does one thing have to do with the other – making music and being music? Rather a lot.
About facilitating our life melodies when turning dissonant or remaining in a state of caesura for a longer and considerable time, there is more information about alternative healing practice within my artistic work - room for integrative body and vocal work in the areas of dialogue, performance and therapy, with cranio-sacral S.E.L.F. waves and vocal teaching elements: www.earthmerged.com.