The Key to Songs
1986: New Albion Records NA012
The Key to Songs (music for an imaginary ballet, based on A Week of Kindness or the Seven Deadly Elements (Une Semaine de Bonte), a novel in collage by Max Ernst)
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This CD is one of several I have because of brilliant choreographers. Actually I should just say brilliant dance artists, because not only do they choreograph their work *and* dance it, they are brilliant artists in general. In this case it was, oh good lord I cant remember her name at the moment, but an associate of another of these brilliant choreographer/artists, Jennifer Carroll (Walker), and The Key To Songs was the music for a piece she created for a show called 2 2 at the Nippon Kan theatre in Seattle in April 1989 for which I did the lighting. Her choreography was extremely ennervating and evocative, and I responded with the best lighting I was capable of in that trickily limited hallnot as rustic as the light-bulbs-in-coffee-cans milieu I mastered a few years later doing fringe theatre on Capitol Hill, but if youve ever done lighting at the Nippon Kan youll know how justifiably proud of myself I was that I accomplished the artistry I did to complement the choreographers excellence.
Anyway, I still have her artistic presentation very much in my mind when I listen to this CD now, although many of the details have blurred and faded in my memories since those days. Thankfully I can turn to my journal from those days if I ever need a reminder of what it was like. The music is a bit repetitious, of course, if you dont have either a stellar imagination or the visuals from someone elses stellar imagination (as I did); coincidentally, the choreographer personified a few constellations in the Thursday/Blackness sectionLibra, Cancer, and Sagittariusin ways that still stick in my memory quite strongly (and, now that I think about it, it makes a nice parallel for the clock/statue Le Défenseur du Temps in Pariss Quartier de lHorloge).
Comments © 2005 Mark Ellis Walker, except as noted, and no claim is made to the images and quoted lyrics.