I Made Some Low Inquiries is an invocation to the landscapes of East Anglia and Eastern America through poetry and music. Based around a new cycle of poems, the piece is accompanied by powerful folk songs, dynamic sonic atmospheres and eerie imagery. The poems in this cycle twist and turn in their language, drawing on sources from Appalachian mountain ballads to Essex witchcraft and the rituals used by Suffolk men to hypnotize horses, all with an eye towards the absurd struggle to control the natural world. Musically, I Made Some Low Inquiries shifts from traditional folk ballads and shape-note singing to cathedral-like drone architectures, all alongside images of Old Weird Anglia that remind us of the futility of attempting to keep nature at bay.
Music, Poetry, Saturday