There Must Be Other Names for the River, 2019, performance featuring singers Monica Demarco, Ryan Dennison, Ken Cornell, Antonia Montoya, Mauro Woody and Jessica Chao

SOUND ART PERFORMANCE: There Must Be Other Names for the River

Saturday, November 16, 2019 7pm – 8pm

​Presented by 516 ARTS, National Hispanic Cultural Center & UNM Art & Ecology Program
At National Hispanic Cultural Center, Salon Ortega
17014th St. SW, Albuquerque, NM

Artists Marisa Demarco, Dylan McLaughlin, and Jessica Zeglin, present a score for six singers performing a composition based on streamflow data from the river known today as the Rio Grande. Each singer channels the river, representing a point where flows were observed and recorded. Arranged in the shape of the water body within the performance space, the singers’ voices change in intensity with the flows and distort over time as human interference is felt along the length of the river. After embodying past decades, the singers project possible futures for the voice of the river and the bodies through which its waters flow. The artists say “The Rio Grande is itself a living being who has experiences over time including birth, growth, and possibly death…By listening and embodying, can we change our relationships with the river and see beyond its uses to humans? Can we hear the river as more than a resource?”