Recitals by Olusola Adebisi, Natalia Bezuqlova, Noshi Curry, Tetiana Franchenko, Cherie Gullerud, Andrew Hungate, Timothy Jenkins, Mahiee Maitreya, Linda Sheehan, Lucinda Shirley, Anna Sutyagina, Christian Villagra, Faye White, and Andrew Zemskov.
The Rehearsal project began with an audio recording made in 2017 of a friend, at the time living with dementia, playing a song on her keyboard she’d written fifty years prior. The following year, the recording was translated into piano notation, preserving each irregularity or “slippage” faithfully to the way she played. While her memory continued to wane after the recording was made, the score preserves her recital of the song on that very day, at a midpoint in her forgetting.
Working in collaboration with musicians in my community and across the internet, I ask each to record themselves sight-reading the piano score, transcribed exactly as she had played it. While dementia is stigmatized — we refer to the mind as “failing” — this collection of videos considers the speculative potentials of memories to be passed, held, translated, shared, improvised, and bolstered through community transference and engagement. Rehearsal speaks to the process-driven nature of an ongoing work: a cumulative practice that simultaneously refutes and accepts the loss of a memory.