“Sometimes you have to breathe fire into the dreams that come to you for fire, whoever’s dreams they turn out to be. They might be yours and you don’t know it yet.”
- From Songs For People I Will Never See Again, by Lucy Foley
I’ve been working on a new show and we’re about to reveal it for the first time! It’s called Songs For People I Will Never See Again and my band and I will be performing it for the first time at apexart, an art space in Tribeca next Thursday, May 24th at 6.30 pm. It’s a multimedia show of live music performance with projected video and photographs, woven through a spoken word narrative. Refreshments will be served.
Ross and the band and I have been working like maniacs on this show. Accompanying me will be Ross Bonadonna (guitars, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, laptops, video), Gavin Smith (synthesizer, steel pan, clarinet, toy piano), Andrew Mattina (bass) and Tom Pope (drums and percussion). I have written the show and will be singing and telling it.
This is a very personal show, culled from encounters, stories and photographs I have been making for a long time, as well as all the songs from Copenhagen in new arrangements, and a couple of marvellous new ones. We are delighted to be performing it for the first time at apexart, a dynamic non-profit arts organisation doing very interesting work in New York city and worldwide.
Songs For People I Will Never See Again is a celebration of people who have moved through my life and disappeared again.
The performance will include stories and songs of the wood turner of Sunset Park who turns devastating loss into beautiful objects, a woman who discovers her beauty accidentally by the side of the street, the great courage of daisies, Philoctetes the Greek air traffic controller who returns nightly to a cave to mourn his lost youth, and an unexpected love affair with a French mosquito. We celebrate this night the moment freed from time into story and song, and hear of people I will never see again.
We’d love to see you there if you’re in New York, and if you’re not in NYC, the performance will be videoed and available on the apexart website from a couple of days after the event, so you can get a flavour of what the show is like. I’ll also be posting some photos and possibly videos from our rehearsals over the next few days on twitter and facebook, in the lead-up to the show.
May 24th, 6.30 pm
Songs For People I Will Never See Again
apexart, 291 Church Street, New York NY 10013
A public program of apexart
apexart, 291 Church street, New York, NY 10013
SUBWAY: A,C,E, N, R, Q , J, Z and 6 trains to Canal street / 1 to Franklin st
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