Highlights from the June 2016 Open Mic night at Malja.
The first live performance held by Malja’s first artists-in-residence: Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver from Dubai, who were joined by Bahrain’s own Maxeem Meraki, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
“An UnMuted Serving” is an improvised performance combining the acoustic and synthesised sounds of domestic steel cups, bowls and plates, known in India and Nepal as the thali. The thali, although used by people of Indian and Nepalese origin is prevalent in the gulf countries, on sale or in use at restaurants in many of the residential areas where people of Indian and Pakistani origin reside.
The performance explores a realm of both familiar and uncovered sounds, both synchronising and juxtaposing acoustic with electronically manipulated sounds. In “An UnMuted Serving”, the thali bowls and dishes sing out like the bells used for centuries in spiritual settings globally. Recontextualised, lit up on a stage, they take on the particular significance of both context and location.
Event Photography by Abdullah Minhas