Flock is a production in which human feelings like , sadness, joy, fear, foreboding, are expressed not only by the actors but brought further to life by the music of Gateshead Composer Mariam Rezaei. A story of searching for oneself, and of family and hope.Three siblings set out to find what their late mother needed to discover. A magical tale of migration in a politically troubled 1920's Iran.
Jowheretogo's Jo Oliver was curious where all this creativity came from had a few questions for Mariam
JO: You draw upon a wide range of influences for the score for "Flock". Have you always been surrounded by an eclectic mix of music? Did your parents encourage listening to a wide range of music....or did you rebel?
MR: I am interested in a great variety of music and arts. I believe that there is always something to learn from all art, even if its 'don't do this!"
My parents have always encouraged me to explore the world and listen, taste and be part of other cultures. I had a very strong classical music upbringing (my first instrument is the piano) which naturally evolved into learning about more about experimental music through the radio and working with different music teachers. My home life was a real mixture of traditional Iranian music, western classical and plenty pop and Hiphop sounds. My parents have always been very generous in encouraging me to flourish as a musician, even in this tough economic climate.
JO: "Flock" is all about migration and flight. What kind of musical backdrop were you aiming to create?
JO: What feelings were you hoping to evoke?
JO: You're a very busy lady I know...I've benefited from your skills as a choirmistress for the Singing Stellas and and seen you as a keyboardist for Peculiar Disco Moves, and you've been doing all that amazing stuff with turntable ensemble Noisestra and your performance at the Royal Albert Hall for the BBC Proms. What next?
Thank you to Mariam for her insights and new about her exciting musical career. Flock was a very touching piece of work and the atmosphere was filled with the moods created by Mariam's music.
"Flock" is at the Washington Arts Centre on Thursday 14th March and soon to be at other venues in the region. You can buy the tickets online for the Washington date here. And look out for further chances to see "Flock" on Zendeh's Facebook Page.
You can the sounds of "Flock" on Soundcloud.