Twenty artists, composers, and instrumentals will perform at a special event for Contemporary Art Month called Overnight Sound: A Sonic Slumber Party from Saturday, March 26th (6pm) until Sunday, March 27th (8am) at 583 Roosevelt Ave., San Antonio, TX 78228 inside the Mercury Project Contemporary Art Space with a portion of ticket proceeds benefiting Ukraine Relief Aid.
At Overnight Sound: A Sonic Slumber Party, a total of 20 artists, composers, and instrumentals from central Texas, California, and beyond will present 12+ hours of sonic textures both electronic and acoustic. The San Antonio Ambient Orchestra will fill in the seams as the evening evolves through ambient instrumentals and experimental electronics. Sounds will run all night, from Saturday evening at 6pm until Sunday morning at 8am, with the hours from 1am to 6am reserved for music for sleep. The event is curated by Pamela Martinez of Teletextile, along Andrew Bergmann, Associate Professor of Music Technology at UTSA and Director of MuTeFest
This experience will create a space where the listener gets lost in time, much like a meditation. Like a dreamer succumbing to a dream, the listener, immersed in changing environments of sound, readjusts their consciousness and gains a new perception into the expansiveness of time.
During Overnight Sound: A Sonic Slumber Party people can listen for as long as they would like, coming and going as long as they do not disturb others. Guests are invited to bring their own blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, or bean bag chairs. Some snacks and beverages will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles and mugs for tea and coffee.
Pamela Martinez, known for her Sound Bath Meditations throughout Brooklyn, NY and San Antonio, TX, felt inspired to host this event after attending a 24 hour performance called Drone Fest, originally performed in Hudson, New York, which Pamela Martinez performed in.
“During a sound bath one often falls into the brain state between wake and sleep. Having led people to this experience one hour at a time during sound meditations, I thought, why not do it all night long? Hence came the idea for Overnight Sound: A Sonic Slumber Party with a 1am Sound Bath Meditation,” says Martinez.
The event doubles as the kick-off event for MuTeFest 5, UTSA’s yearly music technology festival. MuTe is UTSA’s student music tech organization, celebrating sonic textures and collaborative tech explorations with innovative seminars and creative interludes. Check their website for the festival details: Mutemusic.org. Andrew Bergmann, Professor of Music Technology at UTSA & Director of MuTeFest says, “We’re excited to team up with Pamela of Teletextile and provide such a unique musical experience to the San Antonio community.
The cost to participate is based on a suggested donation of $0-$20 per person. Tickets are available online via the Teletexile website here: http://www.teletextile.org/overnight-sound.