Etudes by Sharon Gal is a collection of scores and propositions, presented as a deck of 78 cards, with text on one side and color on the other.
A music, performance, and art resource, the work acts as a catalyst to inspire and trigger the imagination. It’s an open score with interchangeable possibilities, to be played alone or with others. Etudes is an invitation to play, engage, contemplate and explore; to enhance and expand one’s experience, thinking, practice and performance.
It can be used as a set of instructions to be combined, or by drawing a single card from the pack. You can choose intuitively from any of the colors, or shuffle the cards to let chance influence the outcome.
Etudes pertains to the oracular and traditions of divination and mysticism: the path of learning, personal growth, awareness, and self-knowledge. Its creation was informed by a series of collaborative compositions directed by Sharon Gal over the past 12 years, exploring composition as a shared resource.
The work is situated within art and music practices, using text and graphic scores, improvisation, art, and language. It connects to the Tarot, Fluxus performance workbook, Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies, Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit, and the Scratch Book by the Scratch Orchestra, with whom Sharon was directly involved.
The deck could be used in many creative situations and disciplines appealing to vocalists, musicians, actors, and dancers; professionals, students, and novices. It will attract people who are not typical arts and music audiences with an interest in card games, experimental play, and self-development.
Contributors for the online presentation on March 21st, 2021 include works by:
Steve Beresford has been a central figure in the British and international spontaneous music scenes for over forty years, freely improvising on the piano, electronics, and other instruments.
Angharad Davies is a Welsh violinist working with free-improvisation, compositions, and performance.
Tim Parkinson is a British experimental composer, pianist, and curator.
Also by Chas de Swiet, Guy Harries, and Blanca Regina.
Watch the online presentation with Sharon Gal & Fiona Allison till the end of March Click here
You can now buy the limited edition of Etudes Click here
Sharon Gal is an interdisciplinary artist, experimental vocalist, performer, and composer. Her work explores presence, listening, embodiment, and the relationships between people, sound and space.
She performs solo and in collaborations with David Toop, Steve Beresford, Phil Minton, Charles Hayward, Yoni Silver, Andie Brown, Anat Ben David, Blanca Regina, and Lina Lapelyte. Since 2007 she has been directing a series of site-specific, experimental, large group participatory compositions, inviting musicians and non-musicians to collaborate. These open scores utilize simple instructions, creative exchange, and play, as a means to learning and bringing together.
Sharon is a visiting fellow with the music department at Goldsmiths University. She was selected to participate in Sound and Music’s ‘New Voices’ artist development program (Sept 2019 – March 2021). Her work was supported by The Jerwood Charitable Foundation, Resonance 104.4FM, The Austrian Cultural Forum, The Philadelphia Association, Francis Chagrin Award and Goldsmiths Annual Fund.
Sharon’s music was released by many labels, including five solo albums and various collaborations. Past performances include The V&A, Science Museum, ICA, The Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern & Tate Britain, MACBA, and Colour Out Of Space, Borealis, Supernormal, Supersonic, and TUSK festivals.