Sea Threads / Sea Treeds
Tommy Smith, the award winning saxophonist and director of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, and his celebrated group Karma join forces with acclaimed Shetlandic poet and Edinburgh Makar, Christine De Luca, for a performance of new work under the title Sea Threads: comings and goings / Sea Treeds: comins an gyaains.
Poets Alex Cluness and Christine De Luca commissioned by Tommy Smith responded to broad themes, creating a loose kind of Sea Chronicle. Each poem, in some way, references the sea and movement: natural world, rocks and geology, beginnings and changes, Atlantic Ocean and North Sea, gyos and voes, sea mammals and fish including shellfish (spoots, scaddyman’s heads, yoags, mussels), resident birds, summer migrants, winter migrants, occasional exotica blown off route, the lovely vocabulary of Shetland.
From this seascape of themes Tommy Smith has composed music that captures the mood and the poetic feelings of the poems. This unique collaboration is performed tonight by Karma and Christine De Luca.
Alex Cluness is a poet from Shetland whose pamphlet Disguise was published by Kettillonia and his work is translated into Icelandic in Hjaltlandsljóð: an anthology of contemporary Shetland Poets.
His tone is tungsten-tough or tender and nostalgic, his improvisations stimulating and affecting. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE ☆☆☆☆☆
Startles like jazz but feels like rock JAZZ TIMES
...technique, creativity and no little sincerity are wedded to produce a stunning outcome JAZZ JOURNAL
Sea Threads/See Treeds was commissioned by JAWS (the Shetland Jazz and World Music Festival) and made possible by a special grant from Creative Scotland and the National Lottery.
Supported by Fairmont St Andrews