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My Malawi Pt. 2

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Lake Music | Nyasaland Following the exhibition ‘Our Malawi; No Words Needed’, I zoomed out a bit. While traveling through the country, I collected and curated environmental recordings of Malawi; from the quiet lake-side shores to the villages in the rural areas around Livingstonia, always carrying my trusted Zoom H-6 handy recorder. Having it with me at all times added to many experiences, as I was struggling to explain in my broken Chichewa what the device does, using hand gestures and headphones to explain my stance. The first album in the series is the Unu House Charity album, performed by the children of the open-house, showcasing their musical afternoon activities, and dance. I explain the album further in my previous post, My Malawi Pt. 1. Once we settled in N’Khata Bay at the Unu House charity headquarters located in the neighbouring village of Chikale, I took to heart local musician’s nightly hang outs, making music on the lakeshore.First, I met Lumbani ‘JahYouth’ Mkandewire, a guitarist and singer, who was teaching music at the house . Along with him I met , Martha ‘Mama Malawi’ Chinyanja.We jammed and talked long into the night, playing folk tunes and after a while I […]
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De Liceiras 18

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starting off 2020 in a lockdown in South Africa’s quiet coastel surf town of Jeffrey’s Bay, has thrown my life into a twist. As most, A bunch of future projects and plans went down the drain, along with the pandemic limiting my movement…but not my creative juices! After a short break back in Israel to work on some personal projects (to be revealed very soon) Noam and I took part in an interesting and quirky artist residency program in Porto. What started as a short lived idea, became a love at first sight, and we extended our stay. Between September – November 2020 we spent time in oPorto, Portugal. Together with other international artists we co-lived and co-worked on 5 different exhibitions, meeting new people daily and absorbing the lifestyle of the Portuguese northern city of art. Together with Nora Keilig, Noam Friedman, Klára Švandová, Ondřej Doskočil, Irene del Barrio and Leta Lileikytė we banded like gypsies, curating and making 3 open studios exhibitions and a handful of other events. For my part, I tried to emphasize the program’s multi-disciplinary, cooperative approach, combining my love for visual art and sound art into collaborations that bore fruit in the form of […]
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Our Malawi; short recap

As 2020 came to an end, I finally took time to recap and bring a closure to a project I started with Noam, titled Our Malawi; No words needed. This interactive photography exhibition started as a passion project, from an infatuation we’ve developed with the country. Malawi, a small country in eastern Africa, has a special place in our hearts. While we traveled there in 2019, we had no ambition to make a large project from it. The scenery and the people have imprinted a new look on life in us. We saw beauty everywhere we looked. They don’t call it ‘The warm heart of Africa’ for no reason! The people, mainly, have made a lasting impression on us. When we got back to London and started collecting our materials, we realized we have an entire exhibition’s worth of photographs and field recordings, all of which of unique nature. They were from all around; portraits of incredible people we’ve met, landscapes and occasions – from rural areas, villages and city life. Malawi has it all. Also, the third largest lake in the continent! As we returned to Israel, the idea to put up the exhibition in our home country sprung […]
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My Malawi Pt. 1

Unu House | Physical Education Chikale, N’khata Bay, Malawi Physical education as means to musical practice; Referring to the idea of sports in school, relating to maintaining the human body through physical exercises. Travelling through Malawi has taught me a valuable lesson, which is to experience life, or to live the experiences. Our travels led us to Nkhata Bay, Malawi: one of the biggest tourism spots in northern Malawi. The serene atmosphere on the lakeside created a great bed for tourism in the area. When we reached our hosts in Chikale, we soon realized we were stepping into something bigger than what we had imagined. <a href=”http://guyfleisher.bandcamp.com/album/unu-house-band”>Unu House Band by Guy Fleisher</a> https://guyfleisher.bandcamp.com/album/unu-house-band Unu House Gallery is an open-house model which started a few years ago for visitors and travellers to live close to the local community and learn about Malawian village life, providing a peaceful environment to children and youth from the villages around. It invites people to come together to share knowledge, skills, experiences, stories and support. The children come to the house to play, draw, sing, dance, drum or to do whatever comes into their mind, in a free and open environment. Since many of the children […]
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The traveling nice Guy

[lb_gallery] Zoom H6 + Mics&Accesories Soundman MKII (with A3 -> XLR adapter) Marshall Headphones 3 Film boxes full of SD&SDMini cards [/lb_gallery] In this blog I will update my travels from London, UK to Malawi, Africa, and to Cape-Town, South Africa, Israel and hopefully back. As I handed in my final creative project for my Master’s at Goldsmith’s, University of London, I realized that this was just the beginning of the journey. Like many things in life, once you start something and dive deep, only then you realize that you’ve gone down Alice’s rabbit hole, the road seems to open up just enough to show you the tiniest of clues as to the fabric of the research, an exploration into life, and in my case, into perceptual habits, musical conceptualization and composition, and the process of communicating with sound.  In order to dive deeper and peel away the coating of everyday life, I opened this blog, in an attempt to use the Tao (the way, in many respects) and record in the process. To keep evolving off the beaten path of localized sound and compositional practice. Malawi is nicknamed “Nyasaland”, which translates literally to “Land of Lake”. We spent most of our […]
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