Powerful Sounds: Sound Bath with Sara Auster
featuring Amyra Leon & Hannah Marshall
7:30pm doors • 8pm show
Powerful Sounds brings together world-class artists presenting one-of-a-kind performances that harness the restorative power of sound. Taking place in an acoustically sealed hall housing the pristine Meyer Sound Constellation® acoustic system, Powerful Sounds offers unparalleled immersive sonic experiences. Through guided sound baths, ambient concerts, meditations, participatory movement, and more, the Powerful Sounds series aligns the body and the mind.
This installment of Powerful Sounds will feature sound therapist, meditation teacher, and artist Sara Auster and her unique, site-specific sound bath experience exploring communication and interconnectivity.
Powerful Sounds is curated by Nicole Merritt, Director of Programming at National Sawdust.
Sara Auster will facilitate National Sawdust’s very first Sound Bath. To celebrate this special event and the release of her upcoming book, SOUND BATH: Transform Your World through the Art of Listening, Auster has created a unique, site specific Sound Bath experience exploring communication and interconnectivity.
Using a holistic approach to well-being, Auster’s carefully crafted, immersive Sound Bath experiences create a space that allows sound to be used as a tool to access meditative states, cultivate deep relaxation, and inspire meaningful connection and change. As a sound therapist, meditation teacher, and author, she has been a driving force in bringing Sound Baths to contemporary culture.
Auster will lead participants through a relaxing and meditative Sound Bath to start the evening using the soothing sounds of crystal singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks and other hand-made instruments. Following, Sara and her collaborators, Amyra Leon (musician, playwright, author & educator) and Hannah Marshall (creative director & visual artist), will guide attendees through a vocal and visual meditation. The trio will engage in a conversation using improvisational sound and projected images to illuminate the power and immediacy of sound, emotion, and human connection.
Amyra Leon is a musician, playwright, author & educator. She has toured numerous times across the US & UK performing in collaboration with the likes of the BBC, Roundhouse, Amnesty International and more. An alumna of the Nuyorican Slam Team, she fuses music and poetry through powerfully transparent performances focusing on social inequalities and celebrating love, blackness, and what it means to be a woman. She is the author of two collections of poetry: the water under the bridge and Mouth Full of Concrete and has several literary projects in the works. Her musical debut, Something Melancholy, has led to her sharing stages with Talib Kweli, Common, Melanie Fiona, Alice Smith and more.
Hannah Marshall is a British creative director + visual artist, notable for her distinctive black monochromatic aesthetic. A quiet force that cuts through the noise, Marshall employs minimalism as a visceral agent to distill and connect with raw human emotion. Through her multidisciplinary practice across live, installation + video, Marshall explores the intersection between music and immersive experiences. The heart of her work is about the transformative power of music and the potential to impact people both individually and collectively — to provide human connection in our increasingly disconnected world.