BIO

Born in 1988 in Washington DC, Harper spent the early part of his career as a keyboardist and composer in New York. From 2006 - 2010, he performed with a diverse range of artists including Theophilus London, Machinedrum, Jimmy Edgar, DMC (Run DMC) and M-1 (Dead Prez).

 

From 2010 to 2012, Harper was active as a part of Soundwalk Collective, which led to his first international exposure as a sound artist with exhibitions and performances at the Centre Pompidou, the New Museum, FIAF, and the National Museum of China.

 

Harper spent the following three years becoming a Buddhist monk and working as a priest in Tokyo, Japan.  Upon returning to the US in July of 2015, he adopted the name 'Banrei', a word found on communal graves in Buddhist graveyards that translates to ’10,000 souls’. Under the name Banrei, he has exhibited and performed at numerous museums and arts institutions around the world, including the Tate Modern, the Drop Everything Biennial, and the Antarctica Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale of Art. He has exhibited solo shows at the Efrain Lopez Gallery and the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio.

 

In 2015, Harper formed Public Decibel, an architecture firm that seeks to solve urban design and placemaking challenges with sound.  Public Decibel most notably piloted a program in Malawi that leverages sound aesthetics and neurosciences to improve the efficacy of humanitarian aid delivery by reprogramming sirens on mobile medical trucks. 

images

audio extracts

AMNMA
released 2015

mastering: Cristian Vogel

Mand Made Mastering, Berlin

CHA N DA N CHA

[Dawn - Titans burst remix]
released 2016

796 Bursts
released 2017

DA ZA DE ZA DA

[Cabaret Voltaire - Spies in the Wire burst remix]
released 2016

video extract

press excerpts/quotes

"Banrei's live performance and installation are used to frame a kind of ritual, within which audiences are asked to ponder subtle transformations of space and become aware of that which exists at the edge of perception."

"A former Buddhist priest–turned-performance artist based in Chicago is redefining the operatic experience with his new performance, Father's To I've To Father's, an opera that is performed entirely through text messages"

"The courage he had by sending me these bursts made him deserve broadcasting."

-Roland Kuit, programming at Concertzender FM, Netherlands

press links

select exhibitions and performances

2017

Mass Notification

Antarctic Pavilion, Venice Biennale of Art

796 Bursts [radio premiere]

Concertzender FM, Netherlands

2016

Spun

Cristopher Stewart Gallery, Chicago

All Internal

Silent Funny, Chicago

KISS2016

De Montfort University, Leicester UK.

Everything Must Go Art Fair

Heaven Gallery, Chicago

AMNMA

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park IL


Anti-Siren

Blantyre, Malawi.

Re:

Pfizer factory, Brooklyn , NY
 

Spies in the Wires

with Michael Bevilacqua, PACT Galerie, Paris
 

Drop Everything Biennial

Inis Oirr, Ireland.

Offprint London at the Tate Modern

London

Manifest

Columbia College, Chicago
 

Get Clear On What You Think

Maxwell Colette Gallery, Chicago
 

Father’s to I’ve to Father’s

SMS messages to mobile phones


AMNMA

Silent Funny, Chicago 


Thunder in Our Hearts

Noysky Projects, Los Angeles 

AMNMA

Fabrik Expo, Los Angeles 
 

AMNMA

Family Album Project Space, Chicago
 

 


2015
 
The Garden

Pershing Square, Los Angeles
 

Ephemeral Objects

San Diego Art Institute, San Diego
 

It's Too Late

Zhou B Art Center, Chicago
 


2012

 “MEDEA: Zig Zag Series” Audio CD, photo book, and travel diary

Published by Dis Voir (With SWC)


Drop Everything Biennial

Inis Oirr, Ireland (with SWC)


MEDEA

Centre Pompidou, Paris (With SWC)


Well / Well / Not-at-all Solo Festival

ESORABAKO, Tokyo, Japan


Eavesdropping Festival 

The Tank, New York.
 


2011

MEDEA 

PS1 Art on Air, NYC (With SWC)


EN Movement Showcase: Anew

Tokyo Salon, Tokyo


Festival of Ideas for the New City Biennial 

New Museum (With SWC)


The Passenger

French Institute Alliance Française concert at Florence Gould Hall, NYC (With SWC).
 

 


2010

Running Man (Opera)

Riverside Church, NYC. 

contact

ys4lve@gmail.com

US +1 301 787 1114

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