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Almanac 2016: Mem Nahadr (New York, United States)

Almanac 2016: Mem Nahadr (New York, United States)

FEMME FRACTALE: An Opera of Reflection
FEMME FRACTALE: An Opera of Reflection, is an investigation through art and technology into the concept of “Self- Similarity”, “Superpositioning” and the function of “Recognition and Reconciliation inherent in the simple “Repeating Pattern” as reflected in existence. The music for this art piece is comprised of a series of compositions, ARIAS, written to reflect several aspects of Fractalized Being. From ‘GREY ARIA’ and ‘M THEORY’ with its funk reminiscent yet industrial groove heralding the Diversity hidden in Singularity, to the downtempo classical ambient meets rock of ’PANACEA’ and the equally soulful ‘ON MY MERRY WAY’ which pronounces the recognition of the Whole as witnessed in its Parts. Then there are the power ballads ’GONE’ & ‘PASSAGE’ with their deep declaration of dedication to the aspect of Continuum and Reconciliation. This art collection, created by internationally acclaimed performance artist Mem Nahadr, is presented as an ongoing interactive exhibition with both Analogue and Digital components. Couched in classical ambience and contemporary beats including some unfamiliar genres, this work seeks to stimulate the audience toward enjoyment and analytic questioning simultaneously, with the subsequent inevitability of open dialogue between artist and listener. This project is supported by James P. Nichols, Grammy Award Winning Producer, Engineer and Senior Film Applications Engineer at Dolby Laboratories.

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Artistic Statement:
Mem Nahadr (also known as M. Nahadr, Madwoman and simply “M”), is an internationally acclaimed American Performance Artist and multi-octave vocalist best known for the performance of the song “Butterfly”, composed by Yoko Kanno and lyricized by Chris Mosdell for “Cowboy Bebop-The Movie”, a cult classic Japanese Anime. She is also an author, composer, poet, filmmaker and human rights activist. Nahadr’s artistic presentations often include: vocals, projected digital imagery, stage props and ultra-violet lighting effects, combining them in her own unique vision to collaboratively support the sonic story in each Aria of her Operas. These particular multi-disciplined combinations are chosen to most accurately and interestingly express the underlying aspects of the storytellers’ subject matter, allowing for fluidity and improvisation within the work, as well as providing a literal evidence to the premise. “I have been compelled to combine and use all that I have experienced and learned, as resource for my artistic endeavours. I have discovered an infinite inspiration to investigate and express my findings and feelings…” – Mem Nahadr






Photo by: Joseph Boggess

This post is part of a series of profiles on performance and performance makers from this year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2016, an overview of contemporary performance presented during the 2014/2015 season available for touring now. If you would like to be apart of next year’s book, Contemporary Performance Almanac 2017, you can join the project here. 


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