From: The Misha Glouberman School of Learning
To: Undisclosed Recipients
Subject: Terrible Noise Birthday Party March 28
Terrible Noises for Beautiful People: Misha
Gloubermanís Birthday Party
Friday March 28, 2008
FOR MY BIRTHDAY PARTY, I WILL GET A
ďIF YOU THINK THIS ISNíT EXACTLY YOUR SORT OF THING, YOU ARE PROBABLY THE KIND OF PERSON I AM LOOKING FOR.Ē
A letter from Misha
Over the past several years, Iíve done a series of events where I get groups of people to make noises together. The events started several years ago when, for my birthday, I begged my friends to come out and try some ideas I had about music improvisation. They obliged, and the event was a pretty amazingly fun and interesting night, producing some astounding varieties of sounds.
That event led to other events, and the events turned into a series called ďTerrible Noises for Beautiful PeopleĒ. Thereís been Terrible Noises for Beautiful People: How to Improvise (a course), Terrible Noises for Beautiful People: Cobra Edition (an exploration of a game composition by John Zorn), Terrible Noises for Beautiful People: Nuit Blanche Edition (an all-night series of improvisations for the general public) and more.
Iím now returning to the origins of this project, and presenting Terrible Noises For Beautiful People: Misha Gloubermanís Birthday Party. This will be a full evening event (going till around 11) with sounds, running around, and cake. I have an idea, possibly mistaken, that this is a useful and new kind of party.
If you havenít been to any of these events, they are not like a lot of other things. Generally, you make sounds with other people. You only use your voice. I boss you around. The results are sometimes alarming, sometimes spooky, sometimes beautiful. I am really interested in what this is like for people both as a musical experience, and as a social experience. People usually enjoy the events a lot (see some comments on the Nuit Blanche event, a video about a recent Cobra series, and more). This event will feature noise-making, some running around, and a certain amount of something Iím calling ďimprovised behaviourĒ (like theater, but dumber, and with more arguing).
If you think this isnít exactly your sort of thing, you are probably the kind of person I am looking for. The ability to sing is not at all required (it might even be a bit of an impediment). Familiarity with music doesnít matter. It helps a little if you like to listen to unfamiliar sounds, but itís definitely not a necessity. Same goes for making unfamiliar sounds. I will say that if unusual noises make you really really unhappy, you probably will not enjoy this, though I guess you never know.
Tickets will be available at the door for $12. But better than that is to get tickets in advance. You can buy them at Soundscapes (572 College. Tickets are on sale now.) or online. If you get advance tickets, the price is lower, and youíre guaranteed to get in should the event sell out, and you make me happy (since itís easier for me to plan if I have a sense of how many people are coming)
If you want to know more about this event (and past related events), visit this page at the Misha Glouberman School of Learning web site: http://www.schooloflearning.org/birthday/ .
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