Sometimes, the motions of Sign Language are incredibly musical. One evening in the pub, I asked Caroline Parker MBE to sign me a story about a Spider dancing on the web, catching a fly, devouring it and going to sleep. She did this without any script or preparation and it came out naturally on the video as I…
Rubbena Aurangzeb-Tariq is a Deaf British born Muslim artist based in London. As a graduate from the prestigious St Martins College studying Fine Art and Goldsmiths University in London, she has been exhibiting her work since 1992 in America, Sweden, Paris, Canada, and the UK but to name a few places.
At my performance opportunity last month I wanted to show the audiences my relationship with music; how British Sign Language (BSL) can influence my thoughts for interpreting music. There’s colour, speed, direction, dynamics, emotions and so on already in BSL that automatically influences the way I sound on the flute.
This music was composed by the guitarist himself, Roger Montgomery together with flute. The music of ‘El Caballo’ (2009) is a wonderfully descriptive piece that takes you on a journey through different landscapes, as if you were riding on a horse.