A CLOSER LISTEN is honored to present the online premiere of Tamara Filyavich’s return fire.
Tamara Filyavich presents return fire, a soundscape of analogue synthesizer, radio transmission and digital manipulation channeling the events of the Ukrainian revolution of 2013-2014. Filyavich has lived in Montreal for the past 20 years, after she and her family left the town on Yalta in the occupied Ukraine. return fire is a reflection on childhood memories filtered through contemporary political struggles for social justice and free expression on the streets. This piece also includes variations on the Ukrainian choral piece “Plyve Kacha,” an old Ukrainian folk song which was given new meaning after being played on Kiev’s central square during the funeral for slain opposition fighters in 2014.
She works as Arts and Culture Coordinator at CKUT radio 90.3 fm, Montreal’s community radio station, where she also co-hosts Radio is Dead?, a show exploring radiophonic sound art. Her work focuses on electronics, transmission art, noisecore and a social narrative driven sound art, and includes solo performances and collaborations such as Pre-lubbed Sisters, Meanwhile in Kyiv and Moose Terrific. return fire is her first release.
The cassette also includes sonic carvings with self healing clay, a work by Nick Kuepfer. Kuepfer’s miniatures explore natural sounds, like magpies cawing in Sweden, to cascading / layered church bells recorded in Leipzig, Germany, while linking these layered field recordings with sonic experimentations, such as bowed cymbals and electric guitar tones mixed with manual tape manipulation. Kuepfer has released two solo records with Constellation Records, plays in the duo 1/4 Tonne Overhaul with Eric Craven, and has many other credits to his name.