by Tagné + Kooj
Declaration is a mixed-media global-jazz music and VJ performance with documentary narratives reflecting on human rights post-Brexit
Originally commissioned 2019 by HOME Manchester.
Duration: approx 60 mins. Available for booking – contact us.
“complex, nuanced and uncompromisingly political. Important work raising the big questions of our time”– Stella Barnes, Director of CAN (Manchester, UK)
Declaration presents a visual and musical journey with compositions specially created and performed by Tagné Tebu, a multi-instrumentalist coming from a mix of jazz, African, Latin and Indo-Arabic influences. Declaration will feature live visual projections from video artist Kooj Chuhan plus contributing musicians. Expect sections of free jazz improvisation, click-drum-triggering of audio speech loops, rich textures, daring rhythms and evocative melodic structures. The music interweaves around a narrative developed by Kooj, and includes a mix of recorded and live spoken monologues by detainees, campaigns by human rights activists and legal case-workers.
The piece narrates a statement about the ‘Universal Declaration on Human Rights’ which the UK should uphold. We are also connecting with the historical contexts for ‘Declarations of Independence’ to end colonisation. The artists will be exploring a level of decolonising the musical form. Recorded documentary audio and video footage gathered by Kooj Chuhan will be adapted using software for re-play within the music.
Kooj Chuhan is artistic director and visual / video / VJ creator for the project. He has developed the narrative which reflects on wider ideas about no borders throughout history. Kooj has worked on the ideas underpinning the piece for some decades, he has known Tagné for 12 years and their work has crossed over a number of times.
Kooj has exhibited work at Arnolfini (Bristol), ICA (London), internationally including San Diego, Paris, New Delhi, Toronto. He has won an award for digital arts connecting refugees with climate change, founded the Virtual Migrants artists collective focusing on race, migration and global justice, was instrumental in the early Manchester Black Arts movement and is the director of Metaceptive Media. www.metaceptive.net/about
Tagné Tebu is well known in Manchester as an astounding multi-instrumentalist musician composer. He came from Cameroon originally as a refugee to the UK, and strongly believes in the importance of legal systems for migrant justice. He has many credits as composer, arranger, producer and director. These include the 3-year Urban Music Theatre project, Manchester International Roots Orchestra, Another Country music and spoken word production. He has worked with international ‘world music’ stars Amadou and Mariam, Palestinian singer Reem Kelani and Romanian composer Michael Cretu. Tagné is co-founder and artistic director of Amani Creatives in Manchester. www.tebumuzik.com
Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and These Walls Must Fall campaign will contribute using audio and video narratives from their members which are integrated into the music score.
The collaborating partners supporting the project are: Amani Creatives www.amanicreatives.wordpress.com , Virtual Migrants www.virtualmigrants.net , These Walls Must Fall www.detention.org.uk , Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit www.gmiau.org and Metaceptive Projects and Media www.metaceptive.net .
Recent event at HOME Manchester on 18th June 2019: www.homemcr.org/production/declaration/