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Live music from Unsound Festival, Poland

Nick presents Todd Barton’s Music and Poetry for The Kesh and sound artist Lea Bertucci recorded live in a synagogue in Krakow as part of the Unsound Festival 2018.

Nick Luscombe presents live music recorded in a synagogue in Krakow as part of the Unsound Festival 2018. Todd Barton’s Music and Poetry for The Kesh was originally released in 1985 as a cassette tape to accompany Ursula Le Guin’s anthropological fantasy novel Always Coming Home. The novel describes the life and society of an imagined community of people called The Kesh, set in a post-apocalyptic world at an unspecified time. Todd’s soundtrack enigmatically combines poetry and song in the Kesh language with new age analogue synths and borrowed folk traditions. Todd performs with an ensemble of Polish musicians created especially for this performance by Unsound Festival.

Also on the bill was the American sound artist and saxophonist Lea Bertucci. Lea considers the physical space she’s in as a collaborator and talks to Nick before the gig about the sonic properties of the synagogue.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell for Reduced Listening.

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  • LXMP

    Brasilia

    • Żony W Pracy.
    • Desmonta.
  • Todd Barton

    Multum in Parvo

    • Multum in Parvo.
    • Blue Tapes.
  • Todd Barton & The Kesh Ensemble

    A Music of the Eighth House

    • Recorded in Synagoga Tempel, Krakow.
  • Todd Barton & The Kesh Ensemble

    The Willows

    • Recorded in Synagoga Tempel, Krakow.
  • This Heat

    Horizontal Hold

    • This Heat.
  • Franco Franco & Kinlaw

    Cuore Molle Palle Moscie

  • Todd Barton & The Kesh Ensemble

    A Teaching Poem

    • Recorded in Synagoga Tempel, Krakow.
  • Todd Barton & The Kesh Ensemble

    A River Song

    • Recorded in Synagoga Tempel, Krakow.
  • Todd Barton & The Kesh Ensemble

    Dragonfly Song

    • Recorded in Synagoga Tempel, Krakow.
  • Lea Bertucci

    Projection / Reflection

    • Recorded live by Polskie Radio 2 at Synagoga Temple, Krakow, Unsound Festival 20.

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