Out of the Shadows

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

Sarong Song

Sarong Song is the second song of The Soul Fox, a song cycle composed in 2013 by American composer Lori Laitman to a poem by David Mason, her frequent collaborator. The cycle set Mason’s autobiographical poems to create a narrative about the upheaval in Dave’s life as his second marriage dissolved. This song seizes on the moment Dave from Colorado met Chrissy from Tasmania — and her mesmerizing effect on him, which later resulted in their marriage and move to Tasmania.

Here, in a film from Positive Note, a performance of Laitman’s music by mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and pianist Simon Lepper alternates with slow animation created from illustrator Ian Beck's custom watercolours, all directed Jeremy Hamway-Bidgood to create a film that mixes classical song, poetry, and original art. 

See the video on YouTube.

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