Soundings: New Music at the Nasher
Paddle to the Sea (World Premiere)
October 18, 2017
2017-2018 Soundings: New Music at the Nasher season tickets are now on sale. Individuals tickets will be made available one month prior to the performance.
This world premiere of Third Coast Percussion’s
new performance project based on the classic children’s book and Academy
Award-nominated film Paddle to the Sea.
Looking at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives, Paddle to the Sea tells the story of a
Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and
sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and
finally to the Atlantic Ocean. The story underscores the geographic, economic,
and cultural connections formed by our shared waterways, and asks us to
consider the human impact on the waters that help us transport our goods,
provide our electrical power, bathe ourselves, cook our food, and quench our
Providing a live “soundtrack”, Third Coast Percussion performs
works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world by Philip Glass, Jacob
Druckman, traditional music of the
Shona people of Zimbabwe, and music of its own, creating a performance
that flows seamlessly throughout the course of the film.
This project was the brainchild of Tom Welsh, Director of Performing Arts at the Cleveland Museum of Art. It was developed at Third Coast Percussion's Yellow Barn Artist Residency in October 2016.
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