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Now that many of us are thinking about our favorite records of the year, I just started thinking of one of my favorite Northwest albums of last year: Mirah and Spectratone International's Share This Space. It is a record about insects that was commissioned by the Seattle Children's Festival:
SHARE THIS PLACE: STORIES AND OBSERVATIONS
In 2006 Portland Institute for Contemporary Art commissioned collaborators Lori Goldston and Kyle Hanson of Spectratone International to create an insect-inspired song cycle with K Records recording artist Mirah. Set to a suite of 12 short animated films by Britta Johnson, the resulting multi-media performance premiered at Seattle International Children’s Festival in May 2007.
Influenced in part by the writings of 19th century French naturalist J. Henri Fabre (called “The Homer of Insects” by Victor Hugo), Share This Place also draws from Karel Capek’s surrealist Insect Play and a host of other sources. Layered with the luxuriant sounds of Spectratone International, Mirah’s beautifully delivered lyrics combine an epic scale and intimate tone.
On Thursday night (tomorrow from the time I'm writing this), Mirah and Spectratone International will once again be performing Share this Space, this time it is at the Henry Art Gallery here in Seattle. The important details are:
$8 Henry and Northwest Film Forum Members
$10 Student /Senior | $12 General Admission
Tickets available from www.brownpapertickets.com beginning November 11.