Zoom Development Events in 2021
Inspired by Composer Anne Wood’s true story, When Mountains Meet/Jub Milain Pahaar is a music theatre and visual art production in development that explores contemporary Scottish/Pakistani identity through immersion in the food, textiles and geography that define cultures.
As part of the development process, in 2021 we hosted three digital events to highlight the art forms being used, music, story, and digital art.
We invited exciting artists and contributors to share creative work and discussion exploring the themes of the piece, identity, belonging, landscape, and mixed heritage. Hosted by one of our Co-Directors, Niloo-Far Khan, we wanted to have a conversation about how the themes have shaped our practice and how we are developing them in the piece.
Thursday 24 June 2021 – Storytelling
The first event in the series showcased storytelling with contributions from:
When Mountains Meet Creative Team shared information about the piece and short excerpts of music, story and visuals.
Mashal Peerzada of Yellow Brick Creative Development in Lahore, Pakistan, read her creative writing.
Alycia Pirmohamed – 2020 winner of Edwin Morgan Poetry Prize, and a co-founder of the Scottish BAME Writers Network presented her poems.
Thursday 22 July 2021 - Music
The second event focused on the music of When Mountains Meet/Jub Milain Pahaar. Our composer, Anne Wood presented live and recorded excerpts of the music she created with well-known Pakistani musician, sitarist, Rakae Jamil; Pakistani-British actor-musician, Afnan Iftikhar from the band Future Humans shared his music; and percussionist Rick Wilson, who was with us on the Scourie residency chatted about the musical discoveries we made.
Thursday 2 September 2021 - Food
At the final event of the series we were joined by special guests, food writer and broadcaster Sumayya Usmani and Scottish Asian theatremaker Sanjay Lago. We explored Scottish and Pakistani connections with food: how it evokes memories, reminders of places old and new, and connects people. Mashal Peerzada from Yellow Brick Creative Develppment joined us again for our unsent letters call out, inspired by a food experience.
We spoke about our memories surrounding or about food, a recipe we wish we knew how to cook, a herb/a smell we wish we could create, or a letter to the people in your life associated with a particular meal.