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Inspiring Meeting of November 30

SMRN held another inspiring and warm meeting on November 30 with members joining including: Cigdem Borucu, Nezih Erdoğan, Bettina Schülke, Minoo Moallem, Azadeh Emadi, Jessika Kenney, Radek Przedpełski, Nina Czegledy, Waèl Allouche, somayeh khakshoor, Niusha Hatefinia, and Laura Marks.

In the first part of the meeting, our member Cigdem Borucu, a composer, sound designer and lecturer, shared her work-in-progress, three compositions entitled "Imagining Kassia." This project, being collaboratively accomplished with Brett Umlauf, is on the hymn "Lord, the woman found in many sins," created by the earliest female composer Kassia (Byzantine, 9th century). This hymn is based on the Gospel reading for Holy Wednesday morning, which speaks of a sinful woman who anoints Jesus' feet with costly ointments (distinguished from the similar incident with Mary of Bethany). Cigdem and her colleague, Brett, investigate Kassia's melody and voice in today's world. They have recorded three compositions of the hymn to see how different it could be performed in today's world and are exploring other ways to find out how to combine the two different styles of eastern and western in their new compositions of the hymn.

The second part of the meeting was devoted to planning SMRN's "A Light Footprint in the Cosmos," symposium, exhibitions (including two exhibitions at Vancouver galleries curated by Nina Czegledy), performances, and screenings. The symposium is scheduled to take place from 24th to 28th of June, and the exhibition will be held between the 15th and 30th of June.

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