Rully Shabara

Your Voice Is Your Sound

“I’m interested in those who use voice as a tool to discover more about themselves.”

Indonesian musician Rully Shabara’s main interest as an artist and vocalist lies in exploring the human voice as a medium of creation, and human languages as material for experimentation. A boundary-pushing, genre-bending musician, Shabara has initiated many concept-driven projects centered on the voice’s malleability. This includes, for instance, navigating vocal range, textures, and spirituality in his collaborative project Senyawa (with Wukir Suryadi), or developing the ongoing language-driven band project Zoo. He has worked with notable international musicians and artists such as Keiji Haino, Stephen O‘Malley, Otomo Yoshihide, Rabih Beaini, Damo Suzuki, Bob Ostertag, Yoshida Tatsuya, and many more.

Cari Padu public perfromance. Photo: Wandirana
Senyawa. Photo: Gigi Priadji
Rully Shabara: Zoo
Zoo. Photo: ©Camille Blake

Shabara has given workshops around the world, focusing on using the human voice as a rich resource to explore primal expression and improvisation. He has also composed music for film, theater, and dance performances. In addition to his musical work, Shabara also writes short stories and screenplays, and has cofounded a film production company dedicated to documenting live music.

The Book of Khawagaka

“Voice can be a gateway to find one’s true sound,” he says. As a mentor he is seeking applicants who are interested in experimenting with how voice and language can be developed into challenging, explorative, and relevant ideas. “I am interested in working with candidates who share the same interest, those who seek depth and are open to the wildest experiments; who are not afraid of embracing ugliness and harshness, or the darkness of reality as well as the beauty of it. I am interested in those who use voice as a tool to discover more about themselves, and what matters to them.”

Rully Shabara’s Raung Jagat. Photo: Swandi Ranadila

Creative practitioners are encouraged to apply with any type of project that investigates the relationship between the human voice and language in an interesting and meaningful manner. This could be acoustic, electronic, performative, or even conceptual. “I will provide all my knowledge and share my techniques, from writing to sound-making,“ Shabara says.

Watch the video statement to find out more about what Shabara is looking for in applications: