ABRAHAM BRODY

Abraham Brody is an artist using music, performance, and video.

ABRAHAM BRODY's official bio

 

He is interested in pushing boundaries between performer and public, as well as the limits of our everyday awareness and consciousness into what he calls ‘spiritual consciousness.’
In order to bring this ‘spiritual consciousness’ into his works he often researches cultures which are still connected to their ancient roots such as Buryat Mongol Shamanism and the pagan traditions of Eastern Europe.
Rituals and their potential to raise consciousness and deepen self identity are themes of great importance in his works. He often uses long in his performances to create a deeper connection between himself and his audience, allowing them to achieve a new level of focus and consciousness.
He has collaborated with the renowned performance Artist Marina Abramović in his performance The Violinist is Present, where for six hours he improvises musically on what he sees in members of the public’s eyes (fondation Beyeler Basel 2014). In Soul Alchemy at Parasol Unit Foundation London he worked with the collective energy of the public and their non-verbal interactions with each other.
 During his month-long residency in 2015 at London’s Barbican Centre, he explored over long durational performances the ancient rituals and music of his Lithuanian ancestors through sacred folk songs ‘sutartinės’, and their affect on the public.
In June 2015 he created a performance and installation, Memory, especially for Pace Gallery London in collaboration with Israeli video artist Michal Rovner exploring the emotional effects through migration, displacement, and globalisation.

In July 2016 he travelled to Buryatia, Siberia, to research the rituals and traditions of Buryat shamans in remote villages in Buryatia and around Lake Baikal. This work, ONGON, will be shown as video and performance work at Fabrika Centre for Creative Industries in Moscow, 21 October-10 November 2016. More info http://www.fabrikacci.ru/#events/ongon-puteshestvie-v-buryatiyu-2016

He also performs internationally as a violinist and singer, creating compositions based on folk music of his Lithuanian and Ukrainian roots. As a musician he has performed recently at Joe’s Pub at the public theatre in New York with Czech artist Iva Bittová, at Sziget Festival Budapest, Barbican Hall London, Ronnie Scotts Jazz club London, Royal Festival Hall London, Underdogs Gallery Lisbon, Kristupo Festival Vilnius, Boston Symphony Hall, and Prague Smetana Hall, among others.

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