I'm at the beginning of a new creative journey. Thanks to the support of Arts Nova Scotia and the Canada Council for the Arts, I will be focussing on my research and practice for the next year, creating a new body of work. My intention is to continue my explorations in drumming, taking it to origin-al sources, inside and outside myself.
My process began at Blue Raven Farm on the Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. Home to eleven Norwegian Fjord Horses, I researched equine communication and rhythms. My youth years were spent on the back of a horse, and when I began drumming in my late teens, the rhythms I instinctively played were horse rhythms. Still to this day, it's a natural impulse. Studying horses is a way for me to return to my rhythmic roots, which extends beyond my life into the life of my ancestors, who were horse people.
Studying horse rhythms and their relationship to the landscape is revealing a whole new world of drumming. One that is before the drum. One that thinks of the Earth as a drum — a unified sound.
In the new year, I will be continuing my research as well as beginning studies with the Deep Listening Institute. Created by composer Pauline Oliveros, Deep Listening "explores the difference between the involuntary nature of hearing and the voluntary, selective nature – exclusive and inclusive -- of listening. The practice includes bodywork, sonic meditations, interactive performance, listening to the sounds of daily life, nature, one’s own thoughts, imagination and dreams, and listening to listening itself." I'm thrilled to be participating in their program.
That's all for now. Happy solstice, dark reflections, seed planting.