Meira Asher & Eran Sachs
Eran Sachs works as composer, improviser, sound artist and curator in Jerusalem and Jaffa. Originally coming from a classical background, he turned his attention towards metal and contemporary music, and started performing at the age of 14, most notably with his band Incarnation. Currently, Sachs is a member of the International Hyperion Ensemble, alongside musicians such as reeds-man Tim Hodgkinson, guitarist Stephen O’Malley and percussionists Chris Cutler and Steve Noble. Hyperion is an ensemble which revolves around the pioneering works of the Romanian spectral composers Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram. As a sound artist, his works tend to fuse the sonic with the political, as in the case of Yannun Yannun, which portrays the harassment of Palestinian villagers by fanatic right-wing settlers. Soundinista Meira Asher’s work has been released on Crammed, Sub Rosa and Auditorium. Her visionary early voice-based albums from the 1990s were too forward thinking and challenging for the Israeli audiences of the period, but after her departure to Europe they attained cult status. She studied Tabla and Dhrupad in Varanasi-India, and traditional drumming, voice and dance of the Ga, Eve and Dagomba peoples of Ghana. She attained a BFA in percussion at the California Institute of the Arts and completed her Masters in Sonology at the Royal Conservatory, in The Hague. Her areas include HR intervention, social documentary, radio art, and the expression/transition of traditional rhythms in/to contemporary music. Projects include Spears into Hooks, an album and performance about the Israeli occupation of Palestine; Infantry, performing with Guy Harries, about child manipulation and child soldiers; Face_WSLOT, an album, book, art installation and documentary film on female ex-child combatants in Sierra Leone; or One Blanket Lost, a radio art piece about girls trafficking to Europe. She is the co-founder of the bodylab art foundation in The Hague, lecturer at the University of Haifa and curator-presenter of the radio art program radioart106. In 2018 she will release a record based on Artaud’s last radio play in the Hebrew language.