Viva Declaration combines poetic imagery with documentary narratives, featured as live visual projections from video artist Kooj Chuhan. The musical compositions are specially created and performed by Tagné Tebu, a multi-instrumentalist with jazz, African, Latin and Indo-Arabic influences.
This new performance has evolved from the original ‘Declaration’ show with new musical and video sections, an expanded narrative plus special guest Helena Summerfield on saxophones and flute. Expect sections of free improv, interactive video and audio loops, spoken polemics, multi-layered rhythms and evocative melodic structures.
Viva Declaration includes a mix of spoken monologues by detainees, human rights activists and legal case-workers reflecting on the themes of migration justice. It includes material from Angela Davis, Walter Rodney, Shami Chakrabarti, Viraj Mendis, Bridget Anderson, Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit and These Walls Must Fall campaign.
Kooj Chuhan is a leading UK-based artist-activist, exhibited at Arnolfini (Bristol), ICA (London), internationally incl San Diego, Paris, New Delhi, Toronto, and won an award for digital arts connecting refugees with climate change.
Tagné Tebu has a refugee background and many credits as composer, arranger, musical director and producer, including work with world-music stars Amadou and Mariam.
Helena Summerfield will join the new ‘Viva Declaration’ performance, an award-winning music educator and performer working across classical and jazz and a regular in Manchester’s jazz scene.
“…complex, nuanced and uncompromisingly political. Important work raising the big questions of our time”– Stella Barnes, Director of CAN (Manchester, UK)