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. Each project asks, Who or what is making sound around you? What is your contribution to this soundscape? What happens if we begin to think of our environment as a composition and ourselves as performers?
we are located in unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm, Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, and Səl̓ílwətaʔ territories, Vancouver, British Columbia
CONTACT: publiksecrets [at] gmail.com
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George Rahi is a composer, sound artist, instrument maker, and installation artist exploring new hybrids between the acoustic, electronic, mechanical, and sculptural. He commonly works across a diverse array of interests including electro-acoustic music, public space, the soundscape, and large-scale instruments such as the pipe organ and the Indonesian Gamelan. He has produced work for the Western Front, Vancouver New Music, Miscellaneous Productions, VIVO Media Arts Centre and Vancouver Co-op Radio’s Media Arts Committee. He is currently an artist-in-residence with the Vancouver Parks Board’s Field House program at Hadden Park with artist collective Publik Secrets and is the co-founder of the percussion ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike.
more at www.georahi.com
Robyn Jacob is a pianist, singer and composer based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been striving for beauty that defies category in Canada and internationally with her avant-pop project Only A Visitor, and has self released four albums Of Course the Journey (2012,) Climb the Glass Mountain (2014,) and Tower Temporary (2015,) and Lines. Committed to writing and performing avant-garde music, recent composition projects explore writing for voice and small ensemble, balancing between the pop and new music realms. As a music educator she believes in discovery through teaching, and learning through discovery, and has taught youth workshops on free improvisation and deep listening. 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 playing with her own ensemble Gamelan Bike Bike. For four years she was host of The Rib on CiTR 101.9FM, a show dedicated to the dissemination of local experimental musical talent. Robyn has received a Bachelor’s degree in Music from the University of British Columbia, and has recently completed a solo residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts.