Jason Kahn’s performances explore the physical and spiritual limits of breath, stretching the voice to its breaking point. The disintegration of each vocal gesture leads to the next, creating a structure where what remains of each evacuating breath creates a context for the entire piece.
Originally a drummer and electronic musician, Kahn turned to the voice to find a more direct connection to himself and the audience. Without the benefit of having an instrument shielding him, Kahn contends with the vulnerability of laying himself bare to the listener.
Re:Sound is an experimental music series which explores the relationship between forgotten spaces, sound abstraction, and the natural environment. The series takes place on the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, a 215-acre park that formerly served as one of the first Naval Ammunition Depots.
The event is held in a concrete munitions storage magazine measuring 55’ x 100’ with ceilings over 15’. The architecture of the building traps sound resulting in a prolonged reverberation.
Also performaing: Jean-luc Guionnet (France), Adria Otte, Kristina Dutton and Kanoko Nishi-Smith string trio (Oakland). All ages are welcome. Bring your own seating, blanket or chair.
A percentage of the sales go to the Mare Island Shoreline Preserve.
3pm- doors open
Born 1960 in New York and growing up in Los Angeles, Jason Kahn moved to Europe in 1990. He currently lives in Zurich, Switzerland.
Photo: Jason Kahn, courtesy of the artist.