‘The Dream of Zedkat Nabu’ which premiered at the 2012 Woodford Folk Festival, was recently awarded the QLD State Award for ‘Best Performance’ at the 2013 Art Awards.
Congratulations to Linsey Pollak and all involved in the project!
Zedkat Nabu dreamt that she was baking bread, and as she baked, water suddenly poured forth from her oven, forming a great sea. As the sea rose, many and various animals tried to escape the growing deluge of water, crying out with their strange and exotic calls. And on that sea, Zedkat Nabu came to see herself and her 3 sisters floating… singing and floating… their voices joining those of the animals in a great chorus…a chorus of distress, but also of hope… hope for survival. A chorus so haunting and beautiful that even the deluge of water paused to listen…
The Dream of Zedkat Nabu is a universal story, both ancient and contemporary. It is a story of a world in peril, of species doomed for extinction. We join Zedkat Nabu’s Dream at the moment of the Great Chorus… the moment when the Great Flood pauses to listen.
And know this – we are also in that story, and it is no dream. It is time to sing together to create a Great Chorus that will for us too, turn back the waters of impending extinction.
The Dream of Zedkat Nabu is the World Premiere of a new work devised by Linsey Pollak and performed by 4 wonderful singers: Kacey Patrick; Velvet Pesu; Jeunae Rogers and Nadia Sunde and 4 musicians triggering the calls of endangered animals by striking bamboo poles: Jessica Ainsworth; Fatima; Linsey Pollak and Zaia.
A musical work with strong visuals – beautiful lighting design by Andrew Meadows and costume design by Velvet Pesu – the core of the piece is the sounds of the animals themselves – evocative calls of endangered species that speak directly to us in a way that words cannot.
It is a call to action. A call to save this planet from the impending crisis
And what a week it was! I think Aaron was one of the hardest working musicians at the festival with 7 stringmansassy gigs, 4 solo shows and a book launch. He survived as did we all…the rain, the mud, the ‘duf’ and the enormous week that is Woodford.
Woodford has evolved and changed since we last ventured onto its stages but it is and will always be a festival to cherish. A festival which showcases the heart and soul of music, the rich and vibrant multiculturalism that makes up our Australian and world communities and one that still manages to nurture the ‘sacred’ and the ritual in tangible form. I hope that this essence transcends all the musical and societal trends that are to come and that the ‘heart’ of this very special place continues on for the 500 year vision of this festival.
We thank the organisers and all involved in creating the living breathing entity that is ‘Woodfordia’. You do a magnificent job!! Thank you for once again welcoming stringmansassy to your stages. It is always a magical experience! And my final thought to those who – with us – braved the rain, the mud and the slush…..how fortunate and blessed were we that, for a week we chose to live in tents and could escape the sometimes difficult surroundings and immerse ourselves in music.
So for me, the highlights of my week at Woodford…. Seeing complete unadulterated joy, illuminate the face of my five-year-old and she twirled to an Irish jig with myself and her godparents. Performing at 4.30am in the clouds, the mist and the rain – with Buku (Mongolian throat singer), Tenzin (Tibetan vocalist), another female Tibetan vocalist, a Shakuhachi player and Dig player – for the dawn of the New Year. And finally, our final stringmansassy song of our final show on the Concert Stage – ‘Red On Blue’…it took my breath away!!!
Love, wishes and blessings for the New Year to you all……xox
After 4 years, stringmansassy are returning to the Woodford Folk Festival….and it is their 25th Anniversay!! This will be a Woodford not to be missed.
For those of you yet to experience the Woodford magic, the programme speaks for itself. One of the largest festivals in the southern hemisphere, it is a plethora of music, drama, cabaret, workshops, art, well-being, children’s festival, atmosphere, immersion and frivolity. Essentially, it is one of the greatest weeks you will ever experience!!! We are so excited and hope you can join us…xox
stringmansassy performances at Woodford Folk Festival 2010-11
Monday, December 27th at The Grand – 11.00am
Tuesday, December 28th at The Joyluck Club – 2.00pm
Wednesday, December 29th at The Folklorica – 9.30pm
in collaboration with Dva (Linsey Pollak and Tunji Beier)
Thursday, December 30th at The Concert Stage – 11.45am
Friday, December 31st at The Joyluck Club – 5.10pm
Friday, December 31st in The Amphitheatre for NYE – 11.15pm
Saturday, January 1st at The Concert Stage – 12.45pm