Composed and performed by Cheryl E. Leonard. Created to accompany a video by Genevieve Swifte.
This is a 6.5-minute excerpt from a live performance of "Sila" in the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival at the Brava Theater on September 8, 2012. The full piece is 10'57" and was filmed and composed in 2012.
Meaning weather, air, climate, intelligence/consciousness, the Inuit concept of "sila" links the individual self and the environment through the breath. A comparison might be made with the ancient Latin sense of spiritus that connects the individual’s breath with a divine force. The complexity of the concept of "sila" evokes many possibilities including reciprocity, site specificity, cultural connections, and approaches to public policy and activism.
This collaborative work describes the freezing surface of the ocean through photography and music. Sound sources for the music include: penguin and cormorant bones, feathers, Arctic stones, Antarctic limpet shells, kelp flute, prepared viola, and field recordings of wind and water from both the Arctic and Antarctic. Filmed at minus 31 degrees Fahrenheit in Ilulissat, Greenland, Genevieve Swifte's video captures the liminality of the ocean as ice crystals form on a surface that is ephemeral and evanescent. An exquisite moment between earth, sea, ice and sky, the work is a contemplation of the elements and the temporal process of crystallization.
For more info on Cheryl E. Leonard's music visit allwaysnorth.com
For more info on Genevieve Swifte's visual art visit genevieveswifte.com