Sunday, April 12, 2020

Recording: Anne Bourne & tUkU

Artist: Anne Bourne & tUkU

Song: Fragment 147 [text by Sappho, as translated by Anne Carson]

Recorded at Burdock Music Hall (Women From Space Festival – Night 3), March 7, 2020.

Anne Bourne & tUkU - Fragment 147

It's generally acknowledged that the key to a successful sequel is in making things bigger and more explosive while staying true whatever it was that made the original feel special and unique. The second annual Women From Space Festival applied that maxim to great effect, cosmically expanding in all directions while nourishing its core ideal of creating Space for a diverse range of women-centred creative expressions. This night opened with a collaboration between jazz/soul vocalist (and theatrical sound designer) tUkU with cellist (and Deep Listener) Anne Bourne. Their set was based around exploring and animating the words of the lyric poet Sappho — searching for the soul of these disconnected fragments through passion, repetition, breath. How can we know someone of whom we have only these scattered bits, tossed through time, translated? How could we be known in the fragmentary and incomplete ways we manage to express ourselves? In the end, the breath and the sound bring out bits of humanity, if not personality — deep needs and desires. "Someone will remember us / I say / even in another time."

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