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Creation myths and music from folklore

Verity wants to tell you tales tonight, with music inspired by mythology. Tanya Tagaq celebrates the goddess of the sea, while Lucrecia Dalt invokes the frightening figure Boraro.

Gather round, settle down. Verity Sharp wants to tell you a story through the songs she has selected tonight. In fact, there are several stories to tell.

Norwegian-French-Greek Folk String Quartet Tokso perform a work by Anne Hytta, which was inspired by the Norse 1000 year old creation myth Völuspá.

Colombian producer and sound artist Lucrecia Dalt makes music out of the folkloric forest figure of El Boraro, who inflates his victims like a balloon.

Composer Derek Charke and The Kronos Quartet collaborate with Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory to tell the tale of Sassuma Arnaa, the Inuit goddess who created all living beings.

Vocalist Hanna Tuulikki engages in sound mimesis to create a heavily symbolic work drawing on birdsong and ancient Gaelic tradition.

Finally, Ursula K. Le Guin and Todd Barton weave an anthropological narrative of folklore and fantasy, imagining the ancient-futuristic traditional music of an invented Pacific Coast people called The Kesh.

Produced by Jack Howson for Reduced Listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Peter Wiegold

    Quicker Now Than Any Wind

    Singer: Sam Lee. Director: Peter Wiegold. Ensemble: Notes Inégales.
    • Van Diemen’s Land.
    • NMC Recordings.
  • Jockstrap

    I Want Another Affair

    • Love is the Key to the City.
    • Kaya Kaya Records.
  • Razen

    The Night Receptionist Part IV

    • The Night Receptionist.
    • Meakusma.
  • PJ Harvey

    The Mountain

    • White Chalk.
    • Island Records.
  • Lena Willemark

    Sväs Märtas Kulning / Fårlock

    • Älvdalens Elektriska.
    • Amigo.


    • The Deep End.
    • Kranky US.
  • Lucrecia Dalt


    • Anticlines.
    • RVNGIntl..
  • Tropical F*** Storm

    The Future of History

    • A Laughing Death in Meatspace.
    • Joyful Noise Recordings.
  • Antwood


    • Virtuous.scr.
    • Planet Mu ‎.
  • Anna Hatzidaki & Aimilia Hatzidaki


    • Songs of Dodekanisos.
  • Cruel Diagonals

    Render Arcane

    • Disambiguation.
    • Drawing Room Records.
  • Tanya Tagaq

    Sassuma Arnaa: The Woman Down There

    • Tundra Songs.
    • Centrediscs.
  • Anne Hytta

    Grenjanði = Barking

    Performer: Bijan Chemirani. Performer: Sigrun Eng. Performer: Jo Skaansar. Performer: Eléonore Billy. Ensemble: Tokso.
    • Fyrsta Morginn (Music For Voluspá).
    • Hello.
  • Thought Gang

    One Dog Bark

    • Thought Gang.
    • Sacred Bones Records.
  • Todd Barton & Ursula K. Le Guin

    Lullaby - Lahela

    • Music & Poetry Of The Kesh.
    • Freedom To Spend.
  • Audrey Chen

    ...In The...

    • Runt Vigor.
    • Karlrecords.
  • Hanna Tuulikki

    night-flight to the burrow

    • Away With The Birds.


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