A multimedia journey to the open sea
“Third Coast reminded listeners that the common humanity and concern for nature embedded in Holling’s story and Mason’s film transcends North American cultures, extending to artists and storytellers across all seas.”
– Nicholas Stevens, ClevelandClassical.com
“Arresting and enjoyable”
– Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
“They play as if they’re a single, eight-armed organism.”
– Brad Turner, NPR
The classic children’s book and Academy Award-nominated film, Paddle to the Sea, is the focus of a new project that looks at our relationship to the bodies of water that connect our lives. Third Coast Percussion composed a new score to be performed live with the film, which tells the story of a Native Canadian boy who carves a wooden figure called Paddle-to-the-Sea and sets him on a journey through all five Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence River, and finally to the Atlantic Ocean.
Existing works inspired by impressions of water and the natural world will weave in and out of the original film and new music, including composers Philip Glass and Jacob Druckman and the traditional music of the Shona people of Zimbabwe. The performance will flow together as a seamless whole, with Third Coast Percussion using the existing music as a jumping-off point for the new music they compose.
Paddle to the Sea underscores the geographic, economic, and cultural connections in our shared waterways, and it also asks us to consider the human impact on the waters that help us transport our goods, provide our electrical power, bathe ourselves, cook our food, and quench our thirst. This project will ask those same questions through live performance and residency activities.
Contact Liz Pesnel from Third Coast Percussion for more information: [email protected]
THIRD COAST PERCUSSION Paddle to the Sea
PHILIP GLASS (ARR. BY THIRD COAST PERCUSSION) Aguas da Amazonia
JACOB DRUCKMAN Reflections on the Nature of Water
TRADITIONAL (ARR. BY MUSEKIWA CHINGODZA) Chigwaya
Photos by Philip D. Lanum