Susan Howe & David Grubbs - Concordance
Concordance is Susan Howe’s and David Grubbs’s fifth album in the unexpected and richly satisfying collaboration that began with Thiefth and includes Souls of the Labadie Tract, Frolic Architecture and WOODSLIPPERCOUNTERCLATTER. Where these works feature the fragmentation and multiplication of Howe’s recorded voice - in a style akin to her celebrated text collages - with Concordance they’ve pared down their materials to voice and piano, aspiring to the hushed intensity of their live performances. After fifteen years of working together, the subtleties of inflection and interaction that previously resulted from Howe’s nuanced delivery and Grubbs’s composition using recorded materials now arrives as unadorned duo performance.
“Howe is a poet who has spent her career reminding us that our experiences of meaning and sound are synchronous” - Tess Taylor, The New York Times
One of America's greatest living poets Susan Howe’s text for Concordance originates in a collage poem of the same name published by Grenfell Press, which then became the title work in her most recent book, published to acclaim by New Directions in 2020. She has continued to rework the text for this performed version, incorporating material from her 2015 book of essays, The Quarry. Her source material is scissored from print concordances of the poetry of Milton, Herbert, Arnold, Browning, Dickinson and Coleridge, as well as old field guides to birds, rocks, trees, moths and mushrooms; Howe’s fiery commitment to placing these echoes of the past in dialogue with the present speaks to her position as one of America’s essential artists.
David Grubbs, in addition to his solo work, has played in Gastr del Sol, The Red Krayola and Squirrel Bait and performed with Tony Conrad, Pauline Oliveros and Will Oldham, among many others. He is also Professor Of Music at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, and is the author of The Voice in the Headphones, Now that the audience is assembled and Records Ruin the Landscape: John Cage, the Sixties, and Sound Recording (all published by Duke University Press) and, with Anthony McCall, Simultaneous Soloists (Pioneer Works Press).
Concordance (Part One)
Concordance (Part Two)
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