It is a work that explores the injustices of birthright and the power of nations governments to enable or prevent the free movement of its citizens. Through meeting and sharing with often illegal non-European Brussels immigrants, Matthews has gathered a mass of their stories which, intimately told through the voices of the tellers, create a multi-threaded libretto to be revealed by audience cycling the GPS linked sonic bikes through and beyond Brussels centre.
The routes the opera takes pass between Place de la Monnaie, the canal border and Molenbeek squares, re-defining these areas as sonic cyclists can pedal through, songs and narratives recontextualized as they unfurl through the shifting street's soundscape and Matthews electronic counterparts. With sounds triggered by where and how fast the bike goes, so each participating cyclist can define their own experience.
Finding Song Home is the BRI's 8th sonic bike opera. It was commissioned by La Monnaie and Q-O2 and has also made and developed eight new sonic bikes in Brussels with Cyclo. These bikes will remain in Brussels to be used to make and perform new works.
Finding Song Home was made through Matthews' residency with Q-O2 and La Monnaie during which she explored the city, met and worked with residents she met through local community groups Globe Aroma and Vaartkapoen, as well as running route composition workshops for children at La Maison des Cultures, Molenbeek with Flemish theatre director, Ivan Vrambout.
Louiza Amghizar - Rasmia Zaaza - Fatiha El Mrabet - Souad Khelifa - Malika Mderreg - Claudine Musaniwabo - Fatima Kamlichi - Saddie Choua
Conté Morlaye - Maati Lhabib - Erik Gonzalez Brinck - Prince - Ibrahim - Jimmy - Moune
Adult chorus Met-X / Lucy Grauman
Girls chorus La choraline
Musicians: oboe: Florent Buchel - trumpet: Ivan Vrambout - accordion, electric piano: Moune electronic processings, keyboards: Kaffe Matthews
Software: David Griffiths, Tom Keene
Hardware install: Ludo Engels
Audio assistance: Samson Pignot
Community support: Florent Buchel, Rika Colpaert, Julia Eckhardt, Christel Simons, José Luis Villalobos Prats
Production assistance: Lisa Hall
Location & Times:
9 & 10 May 2015, 12:00-19:00
Vernissage Place de la Monnaie
10 May 2015, 12:00-19:00
Vernissage Maison des Cultures/Huis van de Culturen
12 - 30 May 2015, Tuesday - Friday 12:00 - 17:00, Saturday 11:00 - 18:00 and by appointment
La Maison des Cultures et de la Cohésion sociale/Huis van Culturen en sociale samenhang
Rue Mommaertsstraat 4, 1080 Brussel
+32 465 80 76 08
12 - 30 May 2015, Tuesday – Friday 12:00 – 17:00, Saturday 11:00 – 17:00
La Monnaie/De Munt
Prinsenstraat 14, 1000 Brussel / rue des Princes 14, 1000 Bruxelles
+32 (0)2 229 12 11