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Aphonic Rituals

Instructor: Tapiwa Svosve

Start date: June 1st

For this course, Tapiwa Svosve leads themed discussions about Jazz as a record of diaspora and migration. He invites various musicians and theorists such as Jalalu Kalvert-Nelson, Tina Reden and Asma Maroof, to dissect the compositional impact of artists like Julius Eastman and Eduoard Glissant on global soundscapes from Baltimore clubs to the communes of 1970’s Sweden. Svosve focuses on the state of improvisation and its potential to create and agitate energy in a multitude of contexts using the context of the Polyphonic Garden. Thinking through silence, negative spaces, solo performance and the negotiations of the body and instruments, Svovse will address training and technical development as both conceptual and performative techniques. This course will be structured as one-on-one sessions and lecture/podcast drops scheduled through Crowdcast and A dedicated playlist will also be made available to those students.



Tapiwa Svosve (born 1995) is a Swiss-Zimbabwean musician and theorist. He spends most of his time in Zurich and London. He plays various music with different collaborators in various contexts, (musicians, artists, poets, and choreographers), and is interested in improvisation (the state of) and its potential (+/-), social spaces and the energies they create, agitate, release—(re-)organization and redistribution. He is currently working on his documentary project, Aphonic Rituals, for the (de)concerned and ENAMELPR/LAYER TM. A debut solo saxophone record, a lung in a horn i a horn, is soon going to be released on Czarnagora. The EP, praying trolling voicing touching, a small collection of electronic unrestful sounds, will soon be released too through the Swiss-Italian initiative Il Circolo del Frattempo.

A longtime organizer in the noise music scenes of Germany, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe; Svosve uses public spaces to find borders between commercial, theatrical and underground communities. He has collaborated within the spirit of Chicago Free Jazz ACM of the 60’ and 70’s. Svosve is invested with multidisciplinary practices - combining sound to theater, painting, and historical praxis. He has worked with Asmara Marouf of Ngzuzu, Schauspielhuas Zurich, William Parker, Tina Reden, Jalalu Kalvert-Nelson.