Voicehandler, the duo of Jacob Felix Heule and Danishta Rivero, is an electroacoustic ensemble combining improvisation with original compositions. They perform with voice, percussion, electronics, and the Hydrophonium (an electroacoustic percussion instrument created by Rivero).
Their work, song cycle, comprises different nontraditional approaches to the song form. It explores ideas of our origins and what it means to be human, as presented in mythology and literature. Each song is based on an individual text including the Yekuana creation story, and works by Borges, Burroughs, and Hamsun. The music has been written as open scores, leaving much room for Heule and Rivero to draw on their extensive experience as improvisers.
Zeek Sheck started as a comic book about the world of SONAN. After a few years, the Zeek Sheck comic evolved into a musical narrative with the promise of a five-album series — the fifth of which, a double LP called JOINUS, will be out this summer on Resipiscent Records. This segment of the musical, JOINUS, is about a young man who tries to find his way out of a vast and complex underground maze.