The Resonance Box is a small initiative with the intention of bringing focus to the world of auditory experiences. Hearing has not only been a way for us to enjoy beautiful music, but it has also played a key role in our survival as a species. Sound continues to stay an important aspect of our research into the unknown territories of the cosmos. We hope to bring attention to this wonderous sensory process and the exploration of it by human kind in different realms, from art, to science, to math and physics.
The Woman Behind it:
Aida Shahghasemi is a Minneapolis based vocalist and musician. She studied Psychology and Anthropology at University of Minnesota with a focus on the restrictions of the voices of female vocalists in Iran, where she was born and raised until the age of thirteen. She received her Masters degree from New York University in Art and Public Policy, exploring her interests in the intersection of art and socio-political movements. She has worked with different New York and Minnesota based social justice art organizations and has served as an assistant director at Hamline University's Making Waves Social Justice Theatre Troupe. She is a recipient of 2017 McKnight music fellowship.
The Guy who helped make the vision come to life:
I am a sound artist with blood from Pittsburgh and an address in Minneapolis.
Recent media are composition for dance, techno, and large performative installation.
My current work investigates the physical materialization of sound within the performer/viewer and producer/consumer codependency. Through a performative installation I explore the fundamental qualities of what this codependency is and how this relationship dictates performance’s definition.
To what extent must a performer be present for a performance to still exist?
Beyond audio work my time is spend in food service, studying the history of synthesis, and learning to cook well at home. I frequently produce techno as ROUGHANDERSON and collaborate with dance artist Alexandra Bodnarchuk in composition and performance.
Choosing to listen
We have become predominantly engaged with vision. Our world gives us beautiful images to look at, movies to watch, series to binge on. We have become highly dependent on our screens. There is much more, however, to understanding the world around us. When was the last time you paid close attention to how you were listening? Even with your favorite shows and movies... did you ever wonder how the surround sound experience was designed for your ears? Do you ever wonder how people with hearing aids experience sound? How do your pets experience music? These are questions we were curious about, so we figured there are others out there like us.
Loving our roots and seeing them come together with the rest of the world
I was born in a land far away from here. I was trained as a classical musician and learned the traditional musical repertoire of my homeland. It is still one of the few music styles that brings me to tears when I hear it performed by some of my favorite artists. I see how intertwined it is with the language, the poetry, a strong sense of love for the land, the mountains, the rivers, and the sounds. Persian culture is an oral one. Speak to a Persian granny and you'll hear how that generation loves to repeat themselves. That is a characteristic of cultures that passed along their lessons through generations orally. They told stories, sang songs, and in between, they gave lots of advice. The similes and the metaphors are endless and I find extreme beauty in that, because it reveres what two things from two separate worlds have in common. We want to bring together these stories, these sounds, these auditory experiences together for all of us, in celebration of all the different places we come from. The variety in us, in a coordinated way, brings diversity of sound to our human orchestra. We are eager to hear this masterpiece.
Connecting the old with the new
We have come to find tremendous value in co-habitation of different generations. Elders existed in times we never did and never will. Our children will live in times we never can (until time travel becomes a thing, of course.) There is value in hearing stories from the past and allowing clever creativity for the future. We believe in both traditional gig style, intimate performances by some of our local, national, and international artists, AND having synthmeets. Sound is where our heart is at and we don't turn our noses to particular styles, people, or ages. Show us something that opens our ears to the world around us and we would love to host you in our space.