songs for albert – flow

In 2013 Domenico de Clario spent some months as artist-in-residence at Adelaide’s Flinders University researching Albert Namatjira’s life in order to prepare his contribution to a project titled ‘crystal palace’, which was to be presented at the Flinders University Gallery later that year. During that residency Dom became aware that Albert had been a lover of American popular music of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s, especially the songs interpreted by singers and musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Billy Eckstine, Nat Cole, Lena Horne and composers such as Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and so on. He had also been a great lover of slow dancing as well as an able exponent of that art, but was never able to participate in social events because of the segregation policies that the organizers of such events had adopted at the time.
These popular ballads (from the late Latin ‘ballare’, or songs to dance to) embody the wistful and romantic musical space of a narrative poem, which Albert so enjoyed. The lyrics describe lived experience as the poetics of heart while the accompanying melody underlines and supports the narratives of the song’s emotion; the whole is then embodied, by those moved enough to do so, through the art of dance.
In the presentation of these songs the beats and chords of the accompanying keyboard and guitar are slowed very considerably in order to better reveal the lyrics’ poetics. In so doing the songs gradually become a single seamless narrative, one continuous lyric and one unbroken melody.
This performance has previously been presented at the University of Newcastle; the MPavilion for Melbourne’s White Night celebrations; the Fremantle High Tide Biennale; the Melaka Art and Performance Festival in Malaysia and at MIM in Mildura. Each performance is unique and is presented in collaboration with various other musicians and dancers. For this performance, Domenico is delighted to collaborate with renowned guitarist Matthew Fagan in this presentation of songs for albert.
Event: SONGS FOR ALBERT Domenico de clario + matthew fagan
When: Friday 9 March, 2018 8:00pm
Where: Museum of Innocence, 31-33 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
Cost: FREE Contact: Domenico de Clario 0448 102 000 Arts Mildura: Rach Kerrigan (03) 5022 9542
local + fluent
a celebration of spirited music and performance
presented by arts mildura
8-9-10 March 2018
museum of innocence, 31-33 Deakin Avenue, Mildura
SONGS FOR ALBERT Domenico de Clario + Matthew Fagan Friday 9 March, 2018 8:00pm

songs for albert

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