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The Resonance of the Lands

Transmedia Performance (Ceramic Instruments and Performance) 2024 

By Artist Raheleh Filsoofi and Musician Reza Filsoofi

Celebrating the Refugee and Immigrant Community through Clay, Music and Community 

In Collaboration with Nashville International Center of Empowerment (NICE) and Global Education Center

With Kind Support of Tennessee Art Commission and Vanderbilt Community Relation 

"The Resonance of the Lands" is a project in Nashville, Tennessee, a hub for diverse immigrant communities. Local clay was mapped, refined, and crafted into 25 instruments inspired by Middle Eastern and North African drums. Through workshops, immigrants and refugees connected with the land, creating and playing these instruments to reflect their experiences and heritage. This initiative fostered community, healing, and celebrated Nashville's multicultural soundscape, enriching the city with the voices of its many inhabitants.


Ceramic Drums and Darbukas (By Raheleh and Reza Filsoofi and the contribution of local artists and community members) 

Process: This includes collecting soil from the Vanderbilt Campus and various locations around Nashville, TN, isolating the clay, and exploring different methods of ceramic production (potters wheel and clay 3D printer) used in the creation of ceramic drums and darbukas. The process included the skinning and of these instruments to enhance their aesthetic and functional qualities.

Community Engaged Workshops 
The Textile workshop: Lead by Alexandra Sargent Capps. Location: The Wond’ry Fiber Arts Build Lab, Vanderbilt University. Date: January 16th, 2024
The Ceramic workshop: Lead by Raheleh and Reza Filsoofi. Location: Ceramic Department at Vanderbilt University. Date: February 24, 2024.

The Event (Community workshops, Nowruz Celebration and Performance), Location: The Art Department at Vanderbilt University Date: March 22, 2024

Participating Artists and Musicians

Isidora Miranda

Alexandra Sargent Capps

Jeff Rogers 

Beizar Aradini

Charlie Gilbert

Carlos Duran

Zaid Hameed

Akyl Imad Manauis

Ruhee Maknojia

Shafiq Mardan

Nesrin Simsek

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