Daily into the Blue [with Walt Shaw]

Daily into the Blue   (8’11”)

[the gathering…the chewing] is Geoff Bright and Gill Whiteley         plus  Walt Shaw for this project

Geoff Bright – Roland Aerophone, Gillian Whiteley – digital keyboard       Walt Shaw – percussion, mainly on home-made instruments

Watch the video HERE on Vimeo

Premiered Saturday 27 March 2021 in Here, There, Everywhere at AC Institute, New York

This audio-visual project was produced under Covid lockdown conditions, hence the digital instrumentation. On invitation, our long-time collaborator, Walt Shaw, recorded three short pieces of live improvised percussion. Geoff and Gill responded by improvising live to Walt’s audio. Later, Gill and Geoff created the video with source material from the rarely used basement at Eagle Works, a former steel foundry in Sheffield, UK where we have our studio. The piece develops our ongoing preoccupation with articulating what we are calling a ‘politicized practice’. The title is taken from Volume 1 of Ernst Bloch’s monumental rumination on utopia and the imagination, The Principle of Hope (originally published in Germany in 1959). We were inspired by the following from the section ‘Daily into the Blue’:

‘Later we reach out more confidently. Wish ourselves where things are named more clearly…the homely den must never venture too far into the dream. It must remain a place the lizard has not yet violated, the butterfly not yet threatened. From here what we like doing best is playing and collecting window-views, deep and brief glimpses into otherness…behind which the wished-for distance lies.’

Geoff Bright & Gillian Whiteley [the gathering…the chewing]

March 2021

See here for more on [the gathering…the chewing]

See www.waltshaw.com for more on Walt’s projects