ApHEARance is about sharing the stories of musicians that speak up and stand out. ALTo’s latest series works to offer our audience a diverse view of what a musician looks and sounds like.
The idea for this series came when we really considered the initial image that came to mind when we thought about artists that play historically masculine instruments. Take, for example, the drums. The first thought was of a Dave Grohl type; a cisgender white male. While we acknowledge he is known because of his incredible talent, can you think of a female equivalent? A queer equivalent? A person of colour?
That’s where the trouble lies.
Essentially, the task of ApHEARance is to deconstruct how we think about musicians and their appearance. Forget flipping the script, we plan on tossing it out and starting from scratch.