Amidst a vast black space, a light traces the outlines of objects and bodies: an old-style record player, a reel-to-reel recorder, a singer and his guitar, and creator and performer Tamara Saulwick. Under these illuminations a sort of conjuring is being conducted; voices are heard as if from the beyond. In fact, they come from various interview recordings, and they’re cut together in a montage that serves as an homage to loved ones passed.
With candour and warmth, these recorded voices speak about mortality and loss. To hear them is a deeply touching experience, not least because of the artistry with which they’re brought to the stage. Cut, warped and refracted through old technologies, the recordings form a richly textured sound-world from which myriad stories emerge. In this digital age, the analog elements are especially resonant, with voices emerging from the hiss and crackle of vinyl. It’s the material and the intangible, meeting in the shared space of live performance.
[E]xtraordinary storytelling, marked not by sadness but awe… delivers on its promise to stay with you long after you leave.