About

Publik Secrets is the umbrella for a constellation of multi-disciplined projects led by George Rahi and Robyn Jacob. In residence at the Hadden Park fieldhouse since August 2015, our work has included a variety of urban interventions, performances, installations, and ephemeral gatherings concerned with sound and the urban/natural environment. Using the theme of the soundscape as a relational space, our projects often involve collaborating with other artists and community members in open ended workshops, installations, and performances, including a 24-Hour Karaoke marathon, sound-walks, experimental musical instrument building workshops, vocal freestyle workshops, outdoor films, gamelan music workshops, listening parties, and festivals for creative sonic loitering.

we are located in unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories, Vancouver, British Columbia

CONTACT:  publiksecrets [at]  gmail.com

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Robyn Jacob

Robyn Jacob is a pianist, singer, composer and educator who lives and works on the unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She has toured Canada and internationally with her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, who have released three albums to date, and are currently collaborating with sound designer Nancy Tam on a multi-media production called Double Happiness: Detour This Way. Her recent composition projects explore writing for unusual ensembles, as well as collaborations with visual artists and instrument makers. In 2019 she was commissioned to write a piece for percussion quartet by Grammy winning Third Coast Percussion as part of their Emerging Composer Project. In early 2020 she celebrated the release of Earth Leaps Up on the label elsewhere music with her duo The Giving Shapes in collaboration with harpist Elisa Thorn. Since 2012 she has been part of the multi-disciplinary arts collective Publik Secrets, currently artists in residence at the Hadden Park Field House with the City of Vancouver. In 2013 she toured Bali with Gamelan Gita Asmara, and has since been co-leading Gamelan Bike Bike. Robyn has received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of British Columbia, and has completed residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts and Joya AiR in Spain. She has been teaching music and piano privately for over 10 years.

George Rahi

George Rahi is a composer, performer, and installation artist based in
Vancouver. He uses self-created & altered instruments as a method of
exploring new relationships between sound, space, technology, and
listening. Drawn to the tactile, mechanical, and sculptural realms of
sound, his artistic works are frequently expressed as large-scale
installations, electro-acoustic compositions, and works for radio,
theatre, and public spaces, notably for the Canadian Music Centre,
Fusebox Festival (Austin), Jogjakarta Noise Festival, SPEKTRUM
(Berlin), Global Composition (Darmstadt), Vancouver New Music, and
Insitu Recordings (Indonesia). He holds an MFA degree from Simon
Fraser University and is the recipient of the 2018 R. Murray Schafer
Soundscape award.

more at  www.georahi.com