The Vanishing Languages Project
created by composer, Kevin James
Where: Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn. NY
When: Thursday, March 28, 8pm
Cost/Info: $15/10 /

New York’s premiere post classical string quartet, ETHEL, the Australian innovators, Speak Percussion, and new music all-stars, The [kāj] Ensemble will premiere three multi-media musical works featuring live musicians w/surround sound audio content drawn from field recordings of nearly extinct languages.

In preparation for the Vanishing Languages project, Kevin traveled to a variety of remote communities to create new field recordings of the few remaining native speakers of each of 4 language and comprehensively research existing sound archives. The languages Kevin has focused on include Quileute (a Native American tribe of the Pacific Northwest) Dalabon and Jawoyn (Australian aboriginal languages of Arnhem Land), and Hokkaido Ainu (aboriginal language of the large northern Japanese island).

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