Wind Images - poetry & improvisation
voice – percussion - organ
It’s the voice of poet and elocutionist Tsjêbbe Hettinga that beside the landscape of his language evokes the landscape of the imaginary and the universal. A voice that was brought to speak by the improvised sound landscapes of sound artist and percussionist Sytze Pruiksma. A voice that is carried and accompanied by the organ play of Reitze Smits. Music, that in turn seduces the voice to speak again, and even where the language is foreign to the listener, it evokes meanings which are shaped by the sound of Pruiksma’s unconventional percussion instruments, together with the infinite tone-colour of the organ.
The scenery of Wind Images is a church. Starting from everyone’s specialism the three artists improvise on musical and textual ideas. Their very personal experience of the landscape plays a main role. In this way a new world of sound arises, based on that landscape, on stories from the neighbourhood where the concert is being held. The sound of that one church, that special organ, the atmosphere of the space that surprises listeners as well as performers. The audience is being taken on a journey that touches everyone’s personal landscape. A landscape that because of its travelling birds, evokes the longing for foreign shores.
Wind Images started in 2010 with a tour along churches in Friesland and continued in 2011 with performances in Amsterdam, Utrecht and the island of Terschelling. In the fall of 2012 it was performed in Toulouse and Antwerp as a part of The European Organ Festival, organized by Connecting Arts.