Listening then and now
Amerindian artist and Kwakwaka’wakw chief Beau Dick writes:
We believe the creatures of the animal kingdom to be our brethren because in ancient times our two spirits were connected
This program explores the idea of humanity’s sharing of the planet with animals, birds, plants and the nature around us in an interspecies collaboration inspired by ancient cultures for whom the above quote was an unquestioned way of life.
Beginning with Thierry Pécou’s Sikus, which re-imagines the harmony of pre-Columbian music and the intertwining of visible and invisible time and space, called ‘Pacha’ in the Andes, we continue with the bright harmonies of Sonata, by the same composer, which are another variation of time, space, the visible and the invisible.
Music inspired by the vast expanses of nature and life that surrounds humankind on earth: this is what composer Stevie Wishart invites us to explore in the songs of the blackbird in her work Gardez la distance. In turn, but in a different way, François-Bernard Mâche brings birdsong, flute and piano into dialogue in Sopiana, with writing of phenomenal virtuosity.
A project based on dialogue with the non-humans
See, hear and feel with animals? A common element to so many Native American cultures and yet an idea that may seem incredible to us today. So, this programme asks its listeners: what could it mean for us to question our anthropocentric vision of the universe in order to think about common perspectives for different species? What can ancient cultures, animals, birds and their very songs tell us about our own past, present and future? If we listened in such a way perhaps we could then speak, think, see and feel in unison... This concerns all of us to refine our level of sensitivity and respect to other creatures with whom we share the planet.