"Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

28 September 2011

The Story of Kaminik

I've recently uploaded a story to Soundcloud (http://soundcloud.com/thestoryteller/01-the-story-of-kaminik). I call it the 'Story of Kaminik'. It's based on an Inuit legend and I learned it from Scottish storyteller and puppeteer Sylvia Troon a few years ago and loved it. Since then I've created my own version (still true to Sylvia's telling) and added bits here and there. BTW, the photo is of Sylvia's Kaminik puppet with kayak.

The recording is based on my recent performance on the last day of the International Book Festival in Edinburgh at the end of August. During my performance I was accompanied by pianist Seán Pugh (former member of 80s Liverpool band The Flock of Seagulls). Our intention was to improvise the interplay between words and music. I made Seán aware of places in the story where the mood shifted but we took a sort of "jazz" approach by allowing ourselves to respond to each other to create a unique performance. It was a success.

The following week we went into Seán's studio and recorded this version of the story, again improvising the interplay between us. I love this way of working and I'm amazed by Seán's ability to improvise on my simple melody and to inspire me.

I hope you'll enjoy the story as much as we did in making and performing it. I only ask that, if possible, you set aside the 30 minutes to listen to it in its entirety rather than a bit now and the rest later. I know they say this is the age of short attention spans, but if 75 pre-schoolers could sit there entranced through the entire show, I'm sure you can too. I'd appreciate your thoughts and feelings afterward if you care to share them.

Many thanks.


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