The Silence

Opening: 24.01.2020

Last month, mysteriously, a DIY cassette tape appeared on the bookshelf in the Pittsburgh version of The Other Apartment. With a little research, we discovered that the tape was secretly left on the shelf by the lead singer of the Mexican band Para Decir Adioss. At first, we thought it was strange that anyone was still using cassette tapes. We immediately loved the idea that a Mexico City band thought that leaving a demo tape in a Pittsburgh replica of a Tehran apartment would be a good promotional idea. So, we decided to create an exhibition based entirely on this one cassette tape.

For the exhibition The Silence, we invited musicians in Pittsburgh and Tehran to come to The Other Apartment and perform cover-versions of all the songs on the cassette. The filmed performances were screened where they were shot, in the bedroom, office, bathroom and living room of the apartment. Cassette tapes of all the cover songs were available for purchase in both the Tehran and Pittsburgh versions of the apartment.

With the constant conflict between our countries hanging over us, we, like many artists, question whether what we are doing is a bit pointless and absurd. Maybe we’re being naive, but it seems like musicians never question what they should do when times get hard, they do what they always do, play music. And everyone knows that music makes equal sense in both good and bad times. So, we’re incredibly thankful to the Iranian and American musicians who agreed to come to the same place and play some music by a Mexican band.

Musicians included Rojiar Afshar, Niki Amiri, Patrick Breiner, Farzan Farhangmehr, Mohammad Givekesh, HSM (HomewoodSoundMachine) (Mike Mitchell, Joshua “Jrouz3” Rouse, Michael “Isaiah Blue” Walker), Inez, Ali Khadivi, Sina Najaflou, Reza Omidvari, Mario Quinn, James Royce, The Squirrel Hillbillies (Jenny Wolsk and Gary Crouth), and Niki Yaghmaee.

SONGS AND MUSICIANS:
Studio
Badolero | Bandit — Reza Omidvari (vocals), Ali Khadivi (bass), Farzan Farhangmehr (guitar), and Sina Najaflou (drums) {Tehran}
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El Silencio | The Silence — Inez (vocals) and HSM (HomewoodSoundMachine): Mike Mitchell (bass), Joshua “Jrouz3” Rouse (keys), Michael “Isaiah Blue” Walker (guitar) {Pittsburgh}
Bedroom
De La Victoria A la Corona | From Victory To The Crown — Mohammad Givekesh (vocals), Ali Khadivi (bass), Farzan Farhangmehr (guitar), and Sina Najaflou (drums) {Tehran}
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De Lo Peor | The Worst — The Squirrel Hillbillies: Jenny Wolsk (vocals and percussion) and Gary Crouth (vocals and guitar) {Pittsburgh}
Event Room
QuÈ Le Vamos Hacer? | What Are We Going to Do? — Niki Amiri (vocals), Rojiar Afshar (guitar), and Sina Najaflou (drums) {Tehran}
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De La Victoria A la Corona | From Victory To The Crown — Mario Quinn (vocals) and James Royce (vocals and guitar) {Pittsburgh}
Bathroom Hallway
Lunallena | FullMoon — Niki Yaghmaee (violin and vocals) {Tehran}
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DMA | DMA — Patrick Breiner (saxophone and vocals) {Pittsburgh}
Listen to The Silence album here >>

All original songs by Para Decir Adioss: Kicha Baptiste (guitar, noise voice, lyrics), Olvido Baptiste (chorus girl), Nobody S. (bass, studio engineer), Kitty Weiss (drums, keyboard, booking management)
2019 All rights reserved. Christian Bautista Arriaga, Morelos, México.

Music Consultation in Pittsburgh: Lauren Goshinski
Music Consultation in Tehran: Sina Najaflou
Sound and video recording in Pittsburgh: David Bernabo
Sound and video recording in Tehran: Siavash Naghshbandi

The exhibition was made possible with support from Creative Capital.


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