I have often had a go at developing this Don MacLean song. “Buy the Waters of Babylon” seemed an interesting ‘play on words’ seeing as much of the farming in the area + the Dead Sea Salt farming has meant that the rivers are less reliable and thus life is more precarious because of the intense farming (reference to Zion) Sink holes appearing in large areas of uninhabitable land around the Dead Sea. Babylon . the banks for the Euphrates is however straddling the Countries of Syria and Iraq.. of which i weep for.
July 5th. Always enjoy the Sound Healing journeys with Lani Rocillo. Here we were joined by Hanna-jade Stone and Mo Reynish for an extra-ordinary expanse of sound.
Lani is a wonderful facilitator.. such skill and mastery of the art of ceremony. Giving everyone the space and opportunity to journey within and find self-healing through being in the space.
We begin with the cleansing of energy — then progress to the drinking of the Cacao — Then there was a short chant sung by everyone 108 times —
— the sound improvisation. What happens very much depends on the the feeling of the room.. everyone makes the sound even if they are physically silent.. their energies bubble up to interact with the singing. fantastic and transformative work..
Everything You Can Imagine is Real – an evening of arts and music curated by Martyn Ware (Heaven 17, Illustrious). It was commissioned during the hugely successful “Picasso Portraits” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London. 50 artist/musicians/performance artists took part in this hugely successful event, with people queuing round the block to get in.
I enjoyed so much researching and composing music using the writings and letters of/about the women in Picasso’s life and the music of Eric Satie and Stravinsky.
The event coincided with the night of Donald Trump’s inauguration and was also the night before the London Women’s March so the theme of women and empowerment was so prevalent.
I presenting the quotes I assembled in a semi-improvised piece in “The Road to Reform” Gallery… over-looked by the portraits of the great game changers including William Wilberforce. Such an honour and a privilege.
I chose to ask the audience to shuffle my quotes and my prompt cards so, in the spirit of the Avant Garde, i didn’t have the dictatorial decision of which musical idea accompanied which quote.
An amazing night, one i will never forget.. let’s hear it for women!