IN PURSUIT OF SILENCE is a meditative exploration of silence and the impact of noise on our lives. The film takes us on an immersive cinematic journey around the globe—from a traditional tea ceremony in Kyoto, to the streets of Mumbai, the loudest city on the planet—and inspires us to both experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our world.
Everything we take in must be digested, and some things are more nutritious than others. Sound waves are no exception. Join us for an evening of nutrient-dense sound healing and wisdom on the science and philosophy of sound as studied by Sat Devbir. All creation began with sound waves, and the worlds of form would immediately crumble without them. Through sacred singing bowls, gongs, and chanting, we can create soundscapes that restore the nervous system, clear the psyche, and induce homeostasis within the human energy field, essentially inducing our self-healing abilities.
Benefits of this workshop:
Mental, emotional, and physical healing
Cleansing of fear patterns
Creating a connection to your Higher Self
Empowering tips to enhance your quality of life
Gain knowledge of sound waves and their effects on you
What to bring:
Water, yoga mat and/or blanket & pillow, comfortable clothing for light movement
About the presenter:
Sat Devbir Singh, Dr. of Divinity in Esoteric Spirituality, was born in Iowa and moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to embark on his spiritual journey. He is now an International Speaker, Yoga educator, Natural Healer, and Ordained Spiritual Minister. He believes that we all come to being as Masters of destiny, empowered to create fulfilling life experiences. He began his studies of sound healing in Northern India and has since integrated multiple sound instruments into his healing sessions, workshops, and classes. His mantra group, Helios, aims to share the healing fusion of mantra and music with the world.
At an early age, he realized his ability to receive information from the spiritual world and his extrasensory gifts became apparent. From that moment forward, his greatest joy has been to help people realize the innate love, value, and wisdom within themselves. He hopes to uplift the planet in the spirit of Oneness and aims to unveil the True and Highest Self in every one of us.
Over the past 10 years, Lawrence English has been one of the leading international voices in field recording. Working extensively across the world, from Antarctica to the Outback and the Amazon to Japan, his recordings display an utterly personal approach informed equally by technique, theoretical investigations and aesthetic interests. It is these unique approaches to field recording that form the basis of this masterclass. The Radical Listener sees Lawrence English guide participants through the specific techniques of field recording and listening he employs in his work. The Radical Listener has been presented at numerous festivals and universities including Unsound (Poland), Resonant Forms (Los Angeles), Substrata (Seattle), Brown University (Rhode Island) and as a lecture at the University Of Porto (Portugal), Harvard (Boston) and many other locations.
Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, Englishs work prompts questions of field, perception and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.
Can we hear someone listening? What experiential elements are involved in conducting and completing a field recording? Lawrence English strives to answer these questions in his development of the emergent theoretical framework called 'The Listener's Listening' – an approach to listening rooted in affect that reflects the agentive and creative capacities of the listener.
Notes From The Field addresses the development of field recording from its roots in ethnography through to its transition into the canon of sound arts. It considers the role of subjectivity and aesthetics in the exploration of sound in place. It also explores the notion of listening as a means of creative practice. The talk is approximately 60 minutes + questions. It includes some playback of recordings also, from my work in field recording and others.
Working across an eclectic array of aesthetic investigations, English's work prompts questions of field, perception, and memory. He investigates the politics of perception, through live performance and installation, to create works that ponder subtle transformations of space and ask audiences to become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception.
Embroidering by hand is a calming, relaxing, meditative process, a little like spending time at your favorite lake. Join us while we paint portraits in thread while listening to the soothing sounds of water in nature in this special workshop with musician and sound artist Aida Shahghasemi and friends at The Resonance Box in South Minneapolis.
When was the last time you paid close attention to how you were listening?
No embroidery experience is required for this workshop, Portraits of Water. We'll be there to help you learn new stitches, choose your colors, and sew a portrait of your favorite Minneapolis Lake ( Lake of the Isles, Bde Make Ska, Cedar, Harriet or Nokomis) or if you prefer, practice your stitches in concentric circles, like a ripple spreading slowly on the surface.
$80 includes all materials, 3 hours of instruction and all the sounds you can hear! We'd love to have you join us. Click here to register.
Starfolk is a chamber pop trio from Minneapolis. They are the masterminds that created the badlands video-audio project alongside Jacqueline Ultan.
come hear them create beauty at The Resonance Box.
This performance will serve as a closing night for Jacqueline Ultan's month long exhibit called Conversations with Nature, an audio-video projection that will live at The Resonance Box for the month of March. The video will be presented twice for the half hour prior to the live musical performance. Original visual piece created by David Bartley will be projected behind the musicians as they play.
Rob Bochnik is a musician, audio recording engineer, singer and songwriter. He is a guitarist with The Frames, The Swell Season, The Glen Hansard Band, The Butchershop Quartet and records as a solo artist, having released his own record Blowing Out the Cobwebs in 2007. His second solo album Lovevolve was recently released in fall of 2017. Most recently he has been touring as a guitarist with Glen Hansard in support of Glen’s solo records Rhythm & Repose and Didn’t He Ramble.
Rob graduated from DePaul University in Chicago where he studied music, recording, and classical guitar and holds a Bachelor of Science degree for sound recording technology with a minor in physics. After college, Rob further advanced his recording skills while working with Steve Albini at his recording studio, Electrical Audio, as an audio engineer. In addition, Rob played an important role in constructing the studios and overseeing their maintenance. Rob has worked on several projects as an audio engineer including: the “Once” Soundtrack, The Frames’ Setlist and more.
In 2002, Rob began playing guitar and touring with Ireland based band, The Frames. In 2003 he was asked to join the band officially and has recorded and toured around the world with them, honored to share the stage at times with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Levon Helm, among others. In 2008, Rob found himself touring & recording as part of The Swell Season. He played guitar and mandolin on the band’s last release Strict Joy. He has also toured with Colm Mac Con Iomaire in support of the record The Hare’s Corner and with Marketa Irglova in support of her solo record Anar and Muna.
Mirrorlands explores the intersection of contemporary Persian music and other musical forms... Its members include Jacqueline Ultan on cello, Tim O'Keefe on percussion, oud, and duduk, Saeed Hashemi on Setar, and Aida Shahghasemi as a vocalist. They will be presenting some pieces at The Resonance Box by some contemporary Persian composers alongside a few of their own compositions.
Original visual piece created by David Bartley will be projected behind the musicians as they play.
Another one of University of Minnesota's very own celebrated scholars, Wilma Koutstaal, has been studying the mind and will be here at The Resonance Box to share some of her findings with us.
What are the roles of the spoken (or heard) voice in the creative process? How could a better understanding of our internal and external "thinking voices" deepen our attunement to promising possibilities for innovative turns of thought and action? Wilma will invite us to take up these questions by exploring research findings from design science, and the cognitive and brain sciences.
We will focus on three topics: the technique of reflective verbalization, the puzzle of the agency of thought (just whose voice is that, really?), and how we can draw on sounding and re-sounding in our making-finding creative processes.
Space is limited so please get your tickets early. Many thanks.
Listen to the music as it happens.
Jacqueline Ultan - Cello
Chris Cunningham - Guitar
JT Bates - Drums
This improvisational performance will be the kick off for Jacqueline Ultan's month long exhibit called Conversations with Nature, an audio-video projection that will live at The Resonance Box for the month of March. The video will be presented twice for the half hour prior to the live musical performance. Original visual piece created by David Bartley will be projected behind the musicians as they play.
$10 at the door. Please call in advance to set up a listening/viewing time. Thank you kindly.
Conversations with nature: A musical dialogue inspired by the visual and acoustic dynamics of the South Dakota Badlands.
The video captures cellist Jacqueline Ultan's spontaneous improvisations created in and inspired by the dramatic landscape of the South Dakota Badlands. These in-the-moment compositions represent an immediate response and relationship between the artist and the environment, reinforcing the need to remain connected to our sensuous world as we evolve in an increasingly technology-based culture.
This exhibit is a pre-recorded audio & video piece that will be projected in the gallery for the duration of the month of March. There is no official opening for it, however, there will be a closing event with the involved artists presenting a live musical performance accompanied by a new visual piece projected behind them as they play. This is the "Starfolk" event on March 31st. Tickets for that event are sold separately, on its own page. The "opening" will be with Jacqueline's trio, Impetus, on March 10th. This event also has its own separate page and ticket sales. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
Cellist Jacqueline Ultan is a singularly creative artist with a distinctive voice as a performer, composer and improvisor, whose versatility is reflected in the diversity of her numerous and varied collaborations. Jacqueline’s underlying artistic vision is rooted in a passionate determination to remain connected to our sensuous world, which inspire her to place herself in unexpected musical contexts that challenge the traditional role of the cello. Jacqueline has recorded and performed with renowned theater, dance, pop, rock, and new music artists including Dan Wilson, The Jayhawks, Polica, Kill the Vultures, Alan Kingdom, R. Carlos Nakai; Huun Huur Tu and numerous others. Jacqueline is the recipient of several awards including a 2017 MacPhail Artist Grant; a 2015 MacPhail Commissioning Grant; a 2015 MRAC Next Step Fund Grant; a 2014 McKnight Performing Artist Fellowship; a 2013 MN. State Arts Board Arts Grant; a 2011 416 Club Commissions Grant (funded by the Jerome Foundation) and a Subito Grant from the American Composer's Forum. Jacqueline is also a dedicated teacher, serving on the faculty of the Macphail Center for Music and Minneapolis’ Community and Technical College. Jacqueline holds a Master's Degree in performance from Yale University.
Monthly meeting of this interesting and diverse group is to be held at our very own space, The Resonance Box. Open to all and a warm welcome extended.
The MSP Audio Geeks group started in March 2010, instigated by Carly Zuckweiler. They exist to foster community, learn from each other, share knowledge and insights, and geek out about a subject we hold dear. They meet in the Minneapolis and Saint Paul, MN area once a month to discuss all things audio. The group is comprised of over 150 individuals ranging from audio professionals to students to audio enthusiasts. Come to a monthly meetup and geek out!
$5 online, $10 at the door
Cracked Walnut presents an experimental experience of music, poetry, and visual art on a theme. Four writers will share a piece as they walk in the front door, across the long room, and out the back while a painting inspired by the poems develops in the background. A musical interlude will introduce a new poet every 15 minutes before time to enjoy cookies, tea, and conversation about the poetry with the crowd between performances.
Check out Cracked Walnut here.
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Music and live art by SEE MORE and KAT
Sound connects us: The world of biological and bionic hearing
Andrew Oxenham, Professor of Psychology and Otolaryngology at the University of Minnesota, will talk about how we make sense of the acoustic world around us, how we hear speech and music, and how new technology is helping people with hearing loss.
Our state has for long been blessed with tremendous minds and fantastic achievements. From companies such as Medtronics to artists such as Bob Dylan, we have been home to great minds and humble yet life changing achievements. Andrew Oxenham, one of University of Minnesota's very own scholars is one of the leading minds in the field of psychoacoustics. His lab spans most of the 6th floor of Elliot hall, U of M's psychology department and with his team, he works with numerous topics from how individuals with hearing aids experience sound to pitch perception and our brains interaction with music.
Join us for a special night with Andrew as we launch our lecture series.
Andrew Oxenham received his BMus in Music and Sound Recording from the University of Surrey and spent a year at West German Broadcasting (WDR) in Cologne before embarking on a career in auditory research. He obtained his PhD in 1995 from the University of Cambridge and spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Perception Research (IPO) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, before moving to Boston in 1997. After 2 years at Northeastern University and 6 years at MIT, he came to the University of Minnesota, where he is currently a Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Otolaryngology.
He is the author of over 140 papers and book chapters. In 2001 he was the recipient of the Acoustical Society of America's R. Bruce Linday Award, in 2003 he was elected a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, in 2009 he received the Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, and in 2013 he was appointed a Distinguished McKnight University Professor. He has served as associate editor of the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America and the Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, and as Chair of the ASA's Technical Committee on Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, and of the National Institutes of Health Communication Disorders Review Committee (CDRC). He is currently Editor in Chief of the journal Trends in Hearing.
Space is limited. Please get your tickets early. Thank you.
We had a fantastic opening with Gordon Hempton in our space on the 9th. You can still experience Dawn Chorus in surround sound at The Resonance Box through the end of January. We highly recommend you call at least a day in advance to ensure a reservation. With one person running the space for now, we simply can't be here all day and we would appreciate an early notice so we don't miss you.
call to schedule at 651.955.8672
Cover charge is $20.
Join in for Resonance Box's grand opening with nothing less than an absolutely magical evening with the world renowned acoustic ecologist, Gordon Hempton and his treasured work, the DAWN CHORUS. Experience the rising of the sun from one side of planet earth to the other as the soundscapes shift around you.
Opening night with Gordon Hempton - Tuesday, January 9, 7 pm
Reception - Thursday, January 11, 7 pm
Sound Ecologist & Silence Activist
Concerned with the dwindling number of spaces on earth where total silence still lives, Gordon Hempton has dedicated more than 35 years of his life to the study and archiving of the sounds in our world. His work raises much needed awareness to how we listen, not just to one another, but more so to our surroundings, and the nature that we have mostly removed ourselves from. His work poetically opens our ears to the sounds that have guided the survival of our species, our intricate relationship with birds, and what we hear if we listen without any filters.
Gordon Hempton has received recognition from the Charles A. Lindbergh Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Rolex Awards for Enterprise. He studied botany and plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin. His sound portraits, which record quickly vanishing natural soundscapes, have been featured in People magazine and a national PBS television documentary, Vanishing Dawn Chorus, which earned him an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement. Hempton is subject of a feature film, Soundtracker, and co-author of One Square Inch of Silence: One Man's Quest to Preserve Quiet, (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2010). He is Founder and Vice President of One Square Inch of Silence Foundation and Quiet Planet. Hempton has now circled the globe three times in pursuit of nature's music and produced more than 60 albums available on iTunes. He lectures widely on the importance of listening. He lives in Port Townsend, Washington.
GLOBAL SUNRISE at The Resonance Box
Produced after nearly four decades of recording sunrise around the world, Gordon Hempton, The Sound Tracker, attempts his greatest masterpiece. We hear the rising sun sweep across the face of six continents. This global dawn chorus is a never ending wave of birdsong, evolving over time with the evolution of life itself. It is Gordon’s hope that this acoustic equivalent of NASA’s photo of Earth, will awaken our inherent reverence for life, all lives, not just human, and promote the need to protect places on Earth from noise pollution, so that we can continue to listen to what the Earth is telling us. And the Earth is speaking, if we would only listen.
We are celebrating the Persian tradition of gathering on the longest night of the year at The Resonance Box. Its a bit of a last minute decision to share this with you, but we had to create a piece for the Iranian Students Associations of Carnegie Melon University and University of Pittsburgh and we thought it would be a waste to not share it in our own current home town.
The event will be presented fully in Farsi. A story by Forough Keshavarz will be read and in between, there will be songs that are most likely quite familiar to you if you grew up in Iran for any portion of your life. We will have pomegranates dusted with Golpar.
We won't keep you for long. You will make us truly happy by coming.
As part of our holiday soft opening, we want to do our first seasonal fund raiser dinner. This even will for our first 12 lucky individuals to register. You will be invited to a three coarse, sit down Persian meal, meticulously made by Aida Shahghasemi, founder of The Resonance Box, paired with wine with our very own sommelier, Paul Cimmerer, while you mingle with others interested in exploring the rich Persian cuisine and listening to The Resonance Box's dinner playlist from Iran.
This will be a high-end meal, cooked at Aida's home and catered to the space. We ask that you register and while paying for your seat, know that these are seasonal fundraiser meals and if you love The Resonance Box and what it does, feel free to contribute more.
Space is very limited for these evenings. Please register early. Many thanks.
This is our little invitation for you to join us for the holidays. We won't be officially open till January 2018, but we want to share our space with you. There will be hand-made gifts made available through a pop-up shop, K O O H self-care products for your loved ones, and oh ... carol singers. yes. Hot cocoa will be there to keep your hands warm.