Sunday, October 1, 2017

Recording: Laura Swankey

Artist: Laura Swankey

Song: She Had a Garden

Recorded at Allan Gardens (Intersection – Day 4), September 4, 2017.

Laura Swankey - She Had a Garden

In recent years, the Intersection Festival would normally consist of a paid concert, usually the night before the day-long extravaganza in Yonge-Dundas Square. This year, however, under the continued guidance of Burn Down The Capital's Tad Michalak, the festival expanded to four events, including a pair of concerts at The Jam Factory. New this year, and bringing things to a most delightful conclusion, was this free afternoon inside the conservatories at Allan Gardens, mixing a variety of performers into the varied microenvironments — despite the crowds filling the greenhouses to the brim, it was a wonderfully serene occasion.

Starting off in the succulent house, Laura Swankey brought a series of pieces and improvisations for voice and electronics, looping herself to match the gentle susurrations of wind in the trees above and outside that created gentle breezes drifting from room to room. This meditative piece seems the most location-appropriate.

[You can see some footage from this set over at Brandon Caswell Douglas' Intersection playlist.]

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