Thursday, February 20, 2014
Weavings and Mendings / Ann Southam
Slightly warmer today... time for new music! A friend introduced me to Ann Southam recently. So good! Southam was a Canadian experimental music maker who penned a lot of works for modern dance in the Toronto area in the 70s and afterwards. "In the very workings of music," she said, "there's a reflection of the work women traditionally do, like weaving and mending and washing dishes -- the kind of work you have to do over again." You can hear it happen in these slowly unraveling threads of sound -- something for fans of Laurie Spiegel and Maggi Payne and other minimal new age fire. I also like that she composed a piece about Ontario's "good witch of plum hollow" and improvised background bloops and bleeps for Sean O'Huigin's experimental poetry. Beautiful weavings and mendings, check it out.